Affirmative Action And Its Effects On The United States

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On March 6, 1961 President John F. Kennedy issued Executive Order 10925, which included a provision that government contractors "take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed, and employees are treated during employment, without regard to their race, creed, color, or national origin.” Affirmative Action policies have always been controversial, largely because of the allegation that they cause employers to give preference in hiring to less-qualified minorities or females over more-qualified white males. Affirmative action was first created in an effort to help minorities overcome the discriminative obstacles that were present when the bill first took action in 1965. However, since that time affirmative action has evolved…show more content…
There is a misconception that competition is bad; that self-esteem will be irrevocably damaged. If a student can experience the thrill of winning and the disappointment of losing early in life through competitive sports, they will be well equipped for the reality of life. Competition provides motivation to achieve a goal; to demonstrate determination, creativity, and perseverance to overcome challenges; and to understand that hard work and commitment leads to a greater chance of success. Life is full of situations where there are winners and losers: a sports game; getting a job; bidding on a contract; not getting into the desired college. However, if competition is removed, subsequently the need to work harder is removed. Affirmative action removes that competition.
There are two aspects of high school that produce competitive and active workers affected by affirmative action. The first is sports. Any public school choosing to support athletic teams is required to have a minority represented by a certain percentage of a team depending on the population and demographics of the school, despite whether or not they fulfill the qualifications required by the coach or administration. For example, if the school has tryouts and there can only be a certain number of players, if everyone who makes the team fits within a certain demographic, the coach must disregard requirements and scoring and ensure that a portion of
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