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Prometheus enduring the eating of his liver by an eagle every day. They're just so exquisitely punitive. But I gotta tell you, writing a defense of affirmative action would have been a perfect addition to Hades' arsenal.
Not only is the policy poorly understood by both its supporters and detractors, but it seems, at first blush, to fly in the face of American precepts of equality.
Still, since it's Black History MonthI thought I'd take up the cause—not simply because I like hate mail, but also because I really believe that affirmative action is a crucial tool in the fight for equal opportunity and access for all. One of the problems, I think, is branding. Opponents of affirmative action have succeeded in associating the phrase Affirmative action do we still unfair advantages for undeserving minorities and women.
But only recently has the University been forced to rethink these policies in the face of an emerging public debate over affirmative action. We are beginning to see why.
Originally conceived as a means to redress discrimination, racial preferences have instead promoted it.
And rather than fostering harmony and integration, preferences have divided the campus. In no other area of public life is there a greater disparity between the rhetoric of preferences and the reality.
In certain very competitive circumstances such as college admissions, affirmative action has caused everybody to feel unfairly judged, not just black people. Stanford has every right to compose a student body based on the qualifications it thinks will maintain its status as an elite university.
If one of those qualifications is a diversity of background, so be it. Any guidance counselor will tell you: Affirmative action isn't around to play favorites—nor is it supposed to prefer people of color over white ones.
It is a system designed to make sure that everybody is getting into college through their qualifications whether you are a poor kid from East L.
Sadly, though, the phrase "affirmative action" has become code for choosing unqualified minority candidates instead of qualified white people.
Apr 27, · Race-based Affirmative Action Is Still Needed F. Michael Higginbotham is the Wilson H. Elkins professor of law at the University of Baltimore, former interim dean and the author of " Ghosts of Jim. Affirmative action in the United States is a set of laws, policies, guidelines and administrative practices "intended to end and correct the effects of a specific form of discrimination" that include government-mandated, government-sanctioned and voluntary private programs. Many assert we still need affirmative action policies to ensure a level playing field for students of color. Valeria Strauss argues in the Washington Post: Though affirmative action in college admissions for African Americans has been losing support in the United States for some time, with supposed “colorblind” methods of admissions gaining.
A survey done last year by Quinnipiac University found that more than 70 percent of voters think diversity is not a good enough reason to give minorities preferential treatment. And that's despite the fact that the number of people who fall under the protection of such programs has continued to grow—women, Hispanics, gay men and lesbians, the disabled, even white men have all been the beneficiaries of more inclusive hiring practices.
As long as people remain convinced that affirmative action is about giving minorities preferential treatment, they will also remain ignorant of the fact that affirmative action works on behalf of all people.
But rather than patiently explaining that the aim of affirmative action is not to toss white men out on the street or proving that I deserve all the opportunities I've been given, I propose changing the name to "employment equity," the phrase they use in Canada.
Or at least some kind of wording that says: This is about fairness. In when President Kennedy issued an executive order mandating that beneficiaries of federal monies "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," it was a bold call to arms for the American government to walk the walk of desegregation.
It wasn't until after the passage of the Civil Rights Act in that Lyndon Johnson expanded the mission of affirmative action: We seek not just freedom but opportunity—not just legal equity but human ability—not just equality as a right and a theory, but equality as a fact and as a result.
But what was a pressing social issue more than 40 years ago is a high-school history lesson now. Today most people are opposed to legislating preference.
But does that mean they're against equality? Affirmative action is not about giving African-Americans now the 40 acres and a mule their enslaved ancestors never got. It is about creating opportunities for the minority that the majority might be tempted to keep for itself.
And while there has been a vast improvement in race relations sinceI don't think anyone believes all our problems surrounding discrimination and bias have been solved. Hundreds of people have climbed to the top of Mt. Everest, but that doesn't make it accessible.Watch video · Actually, we still need affirmative action for African Americans in college admissions.
Here’s why. Affirmative action as a practice was partially upheld by the Supreme Court in Grutter v. Bollinger (), while the use of racial or gender quotas for college admissions was concurrently ruled unconstitutional by the Court in Gratz v.
Bollinger (). Affirmative action is a subject of controversy in American politics. Do We Still Need Affirmative Action? For many years affirmative action was a popular topic due to the need for blacks to receive equal opportunity for jobs, education, and other opportunities.
With the Civil Rights Act now 50 years old, has our society grown to a point where we no longer need affirmative action? Although the techniques that we now call "affirmative action" are of fairly recent design, the conceptual recognition of the need to take affirmative, or positive legal action to redress discrimination's impact, rather than simply ending discrimination, has been around since the Civil War.
Affirmative action does not “discriminate against whites” and it doesn’t create “quotas.” Affirmative action is a necessary policy in college admissions (and private and public employers) to combat not just overt racial discrimination but the inertia of .
Still, since it's Black History Month, I thought I'd take up the cause—not simply because I like hate mail, but also because I really believe that affirmative action is .