Affirmative Action Essay

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Affirmative action is meant to be an attempt at equality throughout society. It supposedly proposes that each person receives equal opportunities in the classroom as well as the work force. Not only would this apply to minorities but to women as well. Every sector in America would be equal and unprejudiced - or so proponents say. On the other hand, adopting affirmative action would force many employers to replace hard-working employees with those of less qualification simply due to their gender or ethnic background. Many people feel that affirmative action would be very beneficial to our society. They have many thought-inspiring arguments. Some claim that we owe blacks for what we took from them in the past. We gave them a setback in…show more content…
On the other hand, it could also create tension due to the fact that the minorities may replace those who have held a particular job for a long period of time. There would be a feeling of loyalty among those previously employed, and it would only be natural for them to become bitter and resent the minority worker who took the already filled positions simply due to their race or gender. Instead of creating a more unified society, as some would suggest, it is more likely that affirmative action could create more divisions among employees and people in general. Statistics have shown that affirmative action has found jobs for a large number of minorities and women. In 1995, sixty percent of the work force was made up of minorities and women. That was an increase from the 1979 estimate of forty percent. In the same way, women’s wages increased 119 percent from 1979 to 1982 (Carlton 22). There still remains the question: how much longer should we attempt to right                                                        3 our wrongs? If minorities make up sixty percent of today’s work force, will we keep going until it

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