Affirmative Action: Social Policy

1348 WordsMar 5, 20056 Pages
Affirmative Action Affirmative action is a social policy created to promote the welfare of minorities by supporting the idea that individuals are all created equal and should not be judged by race or gender. Therefore, in situations like job and university applications, we should consider minorities to be as feasible a choice for hire as a white male candidate, taking into consideration their background. In short, it tries to give minorities that have been at a disadvantage their whole life, an opportunity to ‘equal the playing field ' by providing a broader context by which to measure an applicant or prospective employee. In the end, however, this goal is not realized. Instead, superficial ‘quotas ' are established and the…show more content…
Formal, colorblind equality has to be infringed now if we are ever to achieve real, meaningful racial and sexual quality." Unfortunately however, just like a firefighter may not fight fire with fire, you also cannot fight discrimination with even more discrimination. The U.S. Constitution, our most powerful and sacred document that holds all the power in the government, is intended to be colorblind. The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees "No state shall… deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of laws." Affirmative action seems to be unconstitutional as it ignores the phrase "equal protection." Instead of treating minorities like equals, it treats them like they are better than other members of society and, in particular, puts white males in a situational disadvantage like minorities once were. In effect, it 's a form of reverse discrimination. Discrimination is discrimination, no matter what the underlying motive justifying it is. The final argument against affirmative action is this: Nondiscrimination will achieve our social goals; stronger affirmative action is unnecessary. This argument suggests that the Civil Rights Act is enough to end job and school
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