Affirmative Action


Close your eyes, now imagine a world of love; not hate, a world of
equality; not preference. Now, imagine a colorblind society. That is what
most of American society wants. That is the reason was
birthed by Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. That is also the reason that
Proposition 209 was voted for in 1996. These two historical events are
driven by the desire of equality.
What is Affirmative Action? According to Geraldine Leshin, it is
"Taking positive or active steps to accomplish the public policy goal of
equal employment opportunity." What is Proposition 209? Its a new law
that has been passed that "prohibits the state of California and local
governments from discriminating ...

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the number of
minorities and women hired by government and industry and admitted into
colleges and universities."(Faundez, 213)
Affirmative action is important especially in the work force.
Before affirmative action, minorities and women felt, and seemed to be,
discriminated against being chosen for the job. Affirmative action was to
help with the "increasing of opportunities for those that were previously
discriminated against"(Lemann, 145). Affirmative action was created to
not only help Black-Americans, but to help "many groups beyond women and
minorities including the disabled, veterans, economically disadvantaged and
others."(Nicolaus, , 87)
Affirmative action also aids in the areas of contracting and
education. With contracting,, "affirmative action helps firms owned by
women and minorities, or firms that can show a disadvantage"(Lemann, 110)
Affirmative action in education also reaches out to disabled students,
women, minorities, economically disadvantaged ...

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action for those
who are still left out. And we are not tear-jerk liberals, or millionaires
who can afford to appear magnanimous. It is out of our own self-interest,
as direct beneficiaries of social engineering, that we support programs of
inclusion.
Ryan Mendoza from the Yale Daily News applauds the Angry White Guys
because he says, "Although Affirmative Action treats innocent white males
unequally, it does not deprive them of any genuine equal opportunity rights.
Affirmative Action only eliminates undeserved increases in their prospects
of success."
The other group that supports the survival of Affirmative Action is
the organization "California Votes NO on 209." They ...

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