Affermative Action Essay

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Affirmative Action
     Affirmative Action efforts were started in 1964 to end the long history of overlooking qualified people of color and women from higher education. Affirmative
Action sets standards for a business or office of admissions, so that a white man does not have the upper-hand over an equally or greater educated minority. The initial way the government tried to justify Affirmative Action was to develop a human resource approach: first identifying the problem, which is racism then establishing the solution
(Phillips 67).            
     The intent of Affirmative Action helps cut down discrimination in the work place and in
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Abolishing
Affirmative Action is not the answer. President Clinton spoke out in his speech for
National Archives: “ Let me be clear: Affirmative Action has been good for America, we should have a simple slogan: Mend it, but don’t bend it”(Benac). Without even trying to change the way Affirmative Action is implemented, California is ending it first. This will prove detrimental to Californian society because it will cause more racial problems.
     The problem with the Affirmative Action debate could be that those arguing for it do a poor job defending their position. Due to the fact that Affirmative Action has been in place for more than a generation, critics have lost sight of how the job market and higher education looks without Affirmative Actions stabilizing effects. Yet critics think that Affirmative Action is a cleverly disguised form of racism and ineffective, but taking a look at what happens when there is no Affirmative Action, such as in the court case of
Hopwood V. Texas reverse discrimination suit. A court ruling said that the University of
Texas Law School was banned from using race at all in their admitting. Attorney General
Dan Morales of Texas has understood the ruling as “banning Affirmative Action in admissions, scholarships and college recruiting programs.” This ruling is now being applied to almost all Texas colleges (Applebome a14).

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