Affirmative Action Research Paper

3937 Words Mar 14th, 2012 16 Pages
Affirmative Action: Is it still needed in Today’s World?

Table of Contents

Abstract ……………………………………………………………………………………….3
What is Affirmative Action ………………………………………………………………….. 3-4
History of Affirmative Action ………………………………………………………………...4-6
Legal History of Affirmative Action ………………………………………………………….6-8
The People for Affirmative Action ……………………………………………………………8-9
The People against Affirmative Action ……………………………………………………...10
The Benefits of Affirmative Action ………………………………………………………….10-12
The Cons of Affirmative Action ……………………………………………………………..12-14
Conclusion (My Opinion) ……………………………………………………………………14-15
References ……………………………………………………………………………………16

Abstract Affirmative
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Affirmative action decisions are generally not supposed to be based on quotas, nor are they supposed to give any preference to unqualified candidates. And they are not supposed to harm anyone through "reverse discrimination" (Froomkin, 1998).
The purpose was to create equal opportunity for the people who had been unjustly treated in the past. It was set out to correct this wrong, and make it right. Wikipedia states the following:
It is often instituted in government and educational settings to ensure that minority groups within a society are included in all programs. The justification for affirmative action is that it helps to compensate for past discrimination, persecution or exploitation by the ruling class of a culture, and to address existing discrimination. The implementation of affirmative action, especially in the United States, is considered by its proponents to be justified by disparate impact (Affirmative Action, Purpose section, para. 1).
History of Affirmative Action The first step in affirmative action was the creation of it. It was first introduced in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy. The following is in sections to show the timeline of affirmative action:
• March 6, 1961 Executive Order 10925 makes the first reference to "affirmative action"
President John F. Kennedy issues Executive Order 10925, which creates the Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity and mandates

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