The Civil Rights Movement Of The 1960 ' S Essay

1172 Words Oct 5th, 2016 5 Pages
Beginning with the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s, racial and gender injustice is problem that society has tried to remedy. Some might argue that today’s society has advanced enough that racial and gender equality is a thing of the past. However, there is evidence of inequality still affecting a number of individuals and groups still. For example: following the economic crisis of 2008, a number of federally contracted stimulus funds were awarded to small business owners to stimulate the economy. However, despite the fact that nearly 40% of business owners were black, Latino, and women-owned, they received only a combined 5% of those funds (ACLU, 2010). Based on the situation above and others like it, it is apparent that minorities in race and gender still face multiple barriers in equality. Therefore, the practice of Affirmative Action across academic, private, and public institutions and enterprises will provide opportunities to minorities and women that would not be available otherwise.
Affirmative action describes admission or employment policies that institutions use to favor under represented and disadvantaged demographics in an attempt to provide equality in opportunities that were not previously available. The American Civil Liberties Union (2015) describe affirmative action as one of the most effective tools for redressing the injustices caused by our nation’s historic discrimination against people of color and women. Historically, minorities of race and gender…

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