Affirmative Action Is Important For Society

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Affirmative action
Affirmative action is an attempt to address past discriminatory injustices which may be based on gender, race or ethnicity. Affirmative action may take the form of policies and programs which are mostly mandated by governments and designed to bring changes in organizations, companies and educational institutions. Affirmative action is a vital tool which provides qualified people with equal access to educational or professional opportunities that they would otherwise have been denied despite them having strong qualifications (Kranz, 2002) Affirmative action, therefore ensures that all people, especially the minority are given equal and fair consideration for employment and educational opportunities. Affirmative action is very important because it tries to avoid past discrimination as well as promote diversity in the society. The United States Supreme Court acknowledges that affirmative action is vital in every society. The court argues that to have legitimate leaders in society, it is necessary that talented and qualified individuals of every race and ethnicity be given equal and fair consideration (Goldstone,2011).
It is sad that discrimination is still a problem in America and other parts of the world. In The U.S, women earn about 77 cents for every dollar men earn. Latinos earn 56 cents for every dollar a white earns and Africans earn about 75 cents of what a white person earn. Research shows that in 2002, the median household income for whites was…
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