Advantages and Disadvantages of Affirmative Action Essay

1667 Words Aug 24th, 2012 7 Pages
English 112
Exploratory Essay

The Affirmative Action Debate

Affirmative Action Defined

Affirmative Action can be defined as “positive steps taken to increase the representation of women and minorities in areas of employment, education, and business from which they have been historically excluded (Standford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)”. However because those steps involve “preferential” selection affirmative action generates intense controversy (Standford Encyclopedia of Philosophy).

Affirmative Action (Negative)

There are many people who oppose the institution of affirmative action for many different reasons. Some argue that it allows students, and employees to slack off, and takes away their initiative to perform
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For centuries blacks were considered less capable than whites. affirmative action helped to give African Americans the opportunity to show what they are capable of.

My View In considering my view on the topic of affirmative action I considered the following analogy found in one of the articles I researched for this essay. “I and some other people in my neighborhood run a race together to see who is the fastest runner in the community. Unbeknowinst to anyone (including myself), a very crabby neighbor puts weights in the shoes of everyone but me. We run and I come in first, doing a mile in four minutes. Now, I obviously earned that time because I ran really well- but does that mean that I earned getting first place in the race? Did I now deserve to be called the fastsest runner in the community (Balancedpolitics pg. 5)?” This is what I think of when I consider my position on this subject. I believe that diversity is not a natural occurrence, and that people do need help when it comes to breaking down stereotypes. Throughout the emotional process we are expected to learn how to interact with other races and nationalities. However, students, and schools are often segregated, leaving children to live isolated within their own race all the way up until college. As a result opinions of other races are formed based on stereotypes, and without affirmative action diversity is far less likely to occur. However, I also believe that affirmative

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