Affermative Action

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By: Elissa Thomas
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Affirmative Action Affirmative Action efforts were started in 1964 to end the long history of overlooking qualified people of color and women from higher education. Affirmative Action sets standards for a business or office of admissions, so that a white man does not have the upper-hand over an equally or greater educated minority. The initial way the government tried to justify Affirmative Action was to develop a human resource approach: first identifying the problem, which is racism then establishing the solution (Phillips 67). The intent of Affirmative Action helps cut down discrimination in the work place and in schools, despite the fact that some believe that affirmative action is a
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Some might believe that this could be just a random occurrence, but the same results showed in the University of Texas Law School 's enrollment, three blacks this fall to last years fifty-nine (Applebome a14). Thus, bans on Affirmative Action are having negative effects on enrollment for blacks and other minorities in Texas ' and California 's prominent universities. Therefore, proving that without Affirmative Action, any minority will not have a fair chance in today 's society. Professor Lino Graglia, a critic of Affirmative Action points out "The whole reason you have racial preferences is that the racially preferred do not meet the standards applied to others, if you require that they meet the standards, then they don 't get in." This might be true in some maybe all cases, but in this very true rebuttal to Graglia 's statement Rodney Ellis, Texas state senator, graduate of the University Law School in 1976 says "I clearly got in through an Affirmative Action program, and I don 't apologize for it... I 'm proud of it. It got me in, but it didn 't get me out, didn 't take the bar exam for me, didn 't pass the two hundred and eighty five or so pieces of legislation I 've Scott4 authored." (Applebome a14). Rodney Ellis is a perfect
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