Pro-Affirmative Action Essay

1039 Words Feb 20th, 2002 5 Pages
PRO-AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

What is it? Well affirmative action is, in plain text, the consideration of your class, race, gender, color, ethnicity, national origin, and disability when deciding who gets a certain job or admission into a school. If you are amenity applying for a job and there are other people that are applying as well then you will be considered for the job over one of the other people, even if they have more experience. It is not only for jobs, it is also used in any situation that there is a minority or different person, racially or ethnicity, because the particular business or corporation needs to have some minorities working in that business or in that school. They do this because of a government law or because they
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Circuit Court of Appeals did the same in Texas in Hopwood vs. State of Texas. The University of Massachusetts Amherst and the University of Virginia have elected to significantly reduce the role of race in their admissions policies in anticipation of upcoming court rulings. Unlike the University of Michigan's affirmative action policy which is still under attack in court (Gorman, 1120).
When affirmative action is not used to admit students into Colleges and Universities, it is still an effective way to do add diversity. This is because even thought there are laws stating that there have to be minorities admitted to the school, new policies that ban affirmative action are working just as good. The new policies are admitting students of different races and ethnicity's so behind the scenes, sort of speak, affirmative action is at work. Even though race is not considered in the admission process, minorities are coming into the world with "life experience" which are what colleges and universities want. So in a way there is a type of affirmative action at work.
This effort produced mixed results. From to 1980 to 1996, the proportion of African-Americans in the student body declined from 3.7% to 2.9%. On the other hand, the proportion of Hispanics rose from 1.7% to 4% (although this increase may be reflected, in part, by the fact that the racial group Hispanic was defined more

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