Affirmative Action Essay

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Affirmative Action

Blacks and other minority groups have been wrongfully persecuted and punished and have suffered the indignities of discrimination. As Martin Luther King stated so eloquently in his "I Have a Dream" speech, blacks should be judged "…not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." Our American culture with its political, legal, and social considerations, is struggling with the idea of white redemption while offering minorities a more fair and proportionate representation in the working community. The result of this challenge is the policy of affirmative action and the many controversies it brings with it. The proponents of affirmative action argue that because of past
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It fails to address the real problem.
Minorities have been denied equal educational opportunities, and a realistic policy needs to go to the root of the problem. In this case, it has been inferior education. As Steele states, "Racial representation is not the same as racial development…Representation can be manufactured, development is always hard-earned." I completely agree with Martin
Luther King. People should be judged by the "content of their character" and opportunities should be given to those who earn them. Unless it's life threatening, handouts and special unearned status is not good for the person who receives it or for society as a whole. Affirmative is itself a discriminating policy, and the issue is whether the discrimination is justified. In my opinion, reverse discrimination is not an acceptable result. Is it fair to a highly qualified white applicant to law school is denied admission because a lesser qualified minority student was admitted under a quota system? Again I think of Dr. King and the simple truth of judging based on content and not color. Instead of placing minorities in positions where they may be unqualified, a more logical solution is to develop them through better education.
There is another aspect of affirmative action that relates to power because the policy encouraged minorities to exploit their past victimization. This is wrong, and can

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