The Flaws Of Good Intentions Essay

1707 Words Mar 8th, 2015 7 Pages
Austin Mabery
Yollotl Lopez
English 101
February 24, 2015
The Flaws in Good Intentions Affirmative action has been a massively debated controversy for the last several years and will continue to be for many more to come. For those who do not quite know or don’t fully understand what Affirmative Action is, it is best described as Policies in which higher level education and organizations make efforts to improve opportunities for underrepresented minorities. It also takes into account race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin. Not only is affirmative action wrong and unethical in higher level education, but also for job opportunities in the workplace. The term Affirmative Action has an outstanding history of almost fifty years from when it was first introduced by president Kennedy in the year of 1961. “In 1961, President Kennedy was the first to use the term Affirmative Action in an Executive Order that directed government contractors to take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed, and that employees are treated during employment, without regard to their race, creed, color, or national origin." (National Conference of State Legislatures) The initial focus of Affirmative Action was to improve opportunities for African Americans in education and employment. John F. Kennedy was sworn in as president January 20, 1961. He came to national prominence after world war II as a naval war hero in the pacific theater. Kennedy was the…

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