Affirmative Action

I believe that affirmative action should not be allowed or encouraged to
remedy past discrimination.I feel that the affirmative action legislation shows
favoritism toward minorities, which is not based on their own abilities, but by their
nationality or race.I also feel that affirmative action is no longer needs to be
considered in employment, education, and contracting decisions.Women and
minority groups today have the same abilities and talents as white men do, and
they should not be accommodated based on past discrimination of their particular
Throughout the 1960s and 1970s deeply rooted racism and segregation was
widespread and many civil rights activists took charge.The civil rights movement
soon took effect, and with the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 affirmative
action was created to help cure past discrimination and end segregation.
When affirmative action was established decades ago to increase the
number of minorities enrolled in higher education,it was a time of political
turmoil, in the midst of the civil rights movement.At that time, it was a set of
training wheels our nation needed to travel the road to equal opportunity among
races (Beerbower, Tabatha).Now affirmative action is being questioned and
many believe that it is no longer a productive policy."Affirmative action in its
current form is racist, demeaning, and repugnant to the most fundamental tenets of
democracy"(qtd. Kirsanow, Peter). Affirmative action decisions are generally not
supposed to give any preference to unqualified candidates.And they are not
supposed to harm anyone through "reverse discrimination," but they in fact do
violate the outlines of the legislation(Froomkin,Dan).Affirmative action promotes
the hiring of less skilled workers.It sometimes forces employers to choose the
best of the minority workers they can find, regardless of whether

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