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Should affirmative action be continued in America?

Asked by: bwillhoit
  • This is just to get the question started.

    Students from HHS, please answer the question as prompted and provided at least 3 reasons for why you feel the way you do. You must fully explain each of your three main points. Make sure that you are using reputable sources for your research. If you have any questions on sources, ask me.

  • Yes it should.

    Affirmative action is under question because of an African American educated President and First lady elected into office. I have heard conversation or opinions on the work place about blacks earning too much money or presently how we should be happy that we have a job. Affirmative action is needed for minority and women. If we remove Affirmative Action I know as a African American my son will not have the same right as his white counter part.

  • I Support The Affirmative Action

    Affirmative Action is a federal agenda initiated in the 1960s that’s designed to counteract historic discrimination faced by ethnic minorities, women and other underrepresented groups? To foster diversity and compensate for the ways such groups have historically been excluded, institutions with affirmative action programs prioritize the inclusion of minority groups in the employment, education and government.
    Affirmative action is one of the most effective tools for redressing the injustices caused by our nation's historic discrimination against people of color and women, and for leveling what has long been an uneven playing field. A centuries-long legacy of racism and sexism has not been eradicated despite the gains made during the civil rights era. Avenues of opportunity for those previously excluded remain far too narrow. We need affirmative action now more than ever. Women these days need to work because they need the money to support their family I think it’s unfair to discriminate women and not to give them a job or not to even pay them the minimum pay I think everyone should be treated equally.

  • We should all be equal

    I support affirmative action; Affirmative action itself is providing access to jobs for those who suffered discrimination in the past. Some examples of people who suffer from affirmative action are women, blacks! And people that are just starting out in the work place. The 14th Amendment protection clause had a big impact on shaping affirmative action. This clause meant that states must apply the laws equally and cannot discriminate against people or group of people arbitrarily.
    In 1896 a court case changed everything. The case was called Plessey vs. Ferguson, a man that was 1/8% black wanted to sit in an all black railroad cart and was arrested. But then later to lose his court case because the separate but equal law, that later made them review this law and making it turn into another court case.
    In 1954 an African American child was denied from an all white school also due to rules following the separate but equal law, Later the browns case overturned the separate but equal law, it was ruled to be unequal. Shaping the reasons for the Affirmative action law; it helping people, women from getting there equal rights taken away. These court cases are the reasons I picked to support this law!

  • we should all be equal


    I support affirmative action; Affirmative action itself is providing access to jobs for those who suffered discrimination in the past. Some examples of people who suffer from affirmative action are women, blacks! And people that are just starting out in the work place. The 14th Amendment protection clause had a big impact on shaping affirmative action. This clause meant that states must apply the laws equally and cannot discriminate against people or group of people arbitrarily.
    In 1896 a court case changed everything. The case was called Plessey vs. Ferguson, a man that was 1/8% black wanted to sit in an all black railroad cart and was arrested. But then later to lose his court case because the separate but equal law, that later made them review this law and making it turn into another court case.
    In 1954 an African American child was denied from an all white school also due to rules following the separate but equal law, Later the browns case overturned the separate but equal law, it was ruled to be unequal. Shaping the reasons for the Affirmative action law; it helping people, women from getting there equal rights taken away. These court cases are the reasons I picked to support this law!

  • I agree with the Affirmative action policy.

    What is Affirmative Action? And what those it helps us on? Or perhaps is it worth having? .To many questions to answer right? Well the Affirmative Action initiated 1960s. It helps minorities compete for jobs, or in other words the affirmative action allows women and minorities enter into professions that are higher than the situation they live in, but who are the minorities? The minorities are human beings with different race, color, religion, national origin, sex and disabilities. This people don’t make them less different than us because at the end we are all human beings, they are just looking for a better job in order for them to progress in this country.
    The U.S should keep the affirmative action for several reasons. The first reason will be that the women and minorities need this action because that way they can get a better job, pay and respect because they are not different from nobody else. They should keep it because this is a free country where everyone speaks and says whatever they want and this action helps not just one but many women and minorities. This action is an equal opportunity for all; it’s an action where no one is more or less than one another. It helps no one person but many.
    The colored people and women were the most discriminated back then. They would suffer a lot because they would treat colored people like animals and that is not right because they are human beings like us, they have feelings and a heart like us the only difference is their color. That had to change somebody had to do something, and as well as colored people women also suffered due to their sex gender. They were discriminated and treated bad by their husbands and society. This had to come to an end as well, and it finally did in 1960’s when John F. Kennedy was in charge, he started to support a lot of laws and actions to help the community and live in a better place.
    This action did a great difference in our history, now a day everyone is less racist and respects one another. The discrimination and violence stooped. The U.S should keep this action because it’s a good action for everyone living in the U.S and is a good example for other countries. This action has to stay in order to have peace in this country. It’s an action that has to stay because actions like this help our women and minorities overcome themselves and become someone they never thought they would. The affirmative action is an action that makes this country a better place and makes other people come and live in a country where everyone has to right on almost anything. This action makes the U.S a good country.

  • Affirmative action is good policy

    Affirmative action allows race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or national origin to be taken into consideration when making decisions involving the use to public funds. Affirmative action gives minority groups, such as women, equal access to publicly funded programs and contracts. Affirmative action is good policy, when properly implemented, because it does not impose quotas and, instead, ensures equal access to all qualified applicants.Affirmative Action also gives help to students who are still smart but started their life with a disadvantage. Equal opportunity. Latinos and blacks make up the lowest national household income than any other ethnicity and students with a decent Privileged background are compared to those who had an unprivileged background and the one gets hired is privileged well educated high.

    Posted by: stef
  • Yes it should.

    I agree it should still be available because imagine if you were in their shoes, also everyone is equal and they should all be treated equally aswell, and finally you shoud treat others like you would like to be treated. These are my three main points why it should exist.

  • No mas Affirmative Action!

    In my opinion, affirmative action is pretty demeaning to minorities. Its basically telling them that they need affirmative action to succeed in the work place. Also, that would make us no where near a colorblind society. We wont be truly color blind until we stop making desicions based on race. Its just a reminder of their unfair past. Lastly, sometimes, in certain situations, the minority might beat out someone in the work place who could very potentially have more skills in what they do than the minority does. Yet, the minority would beat him out because we supposedly we need to excersise affirmative action.

  • No, it is reverse racism

    The fact that many supporters of affirmative action argue that it should be enacted because of past racism is not logical, since affirmative action is racist itself. It gives preferential treatment to members of a certain race and disadvantages others, that seems to be the definition of racism to me. Therefore, it should not be continued.

  • Two wrongs don't make a right

    Instead of trying to fix the problem, all affirmative action does is punish people because of past mistakes made by people of the same race, creed, religion, etc. Affirmative action often just benefits people who come from more affluent backgrounds, as they don't need to stop school at 16 or have other responsibilities outside of studying. Those who are supposed to be helped by affirmative action are often just unprepared to compete in the real world due to coming from inferior schools. A logical solution would be trying to improve inner city schools and schools in more impoversished areas, not promoting the hiring of people of a certain race to fulfill qoutas.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/17/opinion/sunday/does-affirmative-action-do-what-it-should.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

  • No, it has become something unconstitutional.

    Affirmative action was needed for a long time. However, it is not needed today, and has become the very thing it was meant to suppress. We have many qualified people not getting work, or into school because we have to meed quotas. Its intent was to give everyone a fair and equal chance, however it is being used as a tool to pass over qualified candidates so less qualified candidates can get the job all in the name of equality. Schools like Georgetown has been caught throwing away all white male applicants and most other male applicants to meet a personal agenda. This has gone on for many semesters without anyone if the College leadership caring. You would think with almost no white males, and fewer males in general someone would have noticed? Nope, it was the blog posting of the admissions person that caught the attention of outsiders. Now Georgetown is trying to cover it up, because they agenda was blown.

  • Affirmative action is no longer necessary

    Affirmative action was a well intentioned idea that did not, and does not work. It seems dubious to have an affirmative action program in the land of opportunity. How can a competitive marketplace stay healthy and reward the best workers, if the rules are constantly changed to take value from the strong and give it to the weak? These highly unfair programs should be discontinued at once.

  • Color Blind Society

    Special preference to minorities is not being fair. It violates the moral right not to be racially discriminated against. Our president Barack Obama, how did he get to where he’s at now? I highly doubt it was because people felt bad we hadn’t had a colored president, so everybody chose him. He would probably be highly offended if you told him he got to where he’s at because of affirmative action. Barack Obama got to where he’s at, because he worked very hard. I honestly think affirmative action just makes minorities work twice as hard.
    It is condescending to minorities to say they need affirmative action to succeed. When you give preference treatment to minorities in admission or hiring practices, you’re pretty much telling them they’re too stupid to achieve it on their own, so you’re helping them. What happened to working for what you want in life, instead of just having it handed to you? If someone thinks you’re not good enough, because you’re a different color or because you’re not a male, prove them wrong! It is insulting to other minorities because it implies that they cannot achieve their goals on their own.
    Affirmative action or is it really just reverse discrimination? Raciest attitudes dissolve over time, as they have in this country. People are hiring or promoting decisions in favor of minority groups, but what happens to majority groups? Or what about us hiring us women, not because we’re better but because they want to be equal? Now is that really fair? I say hire me because, I’m better than that male that was against me, not based on my gender!


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stef says2013-04-30T14:21:09.400
Affirmative action allows race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or national origin to be taken into consideration when making decisions involving the use to public funds. Affirmative action gives minority groups, such as women, equal access to publicly funded programs and contracts. Affirmative action is good policy, when properly implemented, because it does not impose quotas and, instead, ensures equal access to all qualified applicants.Affirmative Action also gives help to students who are still smart but started their life with a disadvantage. Equal opportunity. Latinos and blacks make up the lowest national household income than any other ethnicity and students with a decent Privileged background are compared to those who had an unprivileged background and the one gets hired is privileged well educated high.
GeekiTheGreat says2013-05-09T13:32:13.880
Stef..STHU. Women are not a minority group you idiotic feminist. Women are are more populous then men in the majority of the World. So, men are the minority. You obviously have no idea what you are talking about so there is no need for anyone to listen to you.
SuzieQ says2014-01-11T02:04:10.847
How can it be acceptable to use a woman as an incubator? How can it be acceptable to create a child from parents it will never know? How can it be okay to create a child like a factory chicken and then hand it over to homosexuals so that it will never ever know a normal family life, a mother and father? To me at least this seems to be pure evil.
SuzieQ says2014-01-11T02:05:50.373
Let me rephrase the question for you - is it okay to discriminate against white people? Answer - no! It's not okay to discriminate against anyone.