Affirmative Action : The Case For Abolition

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Affirmative Action: The Case for Abolishment America is founded on the belief that all citizens are free to pursue their ambitions regardless of race, color, creed, or national origin. Yet, for the last fifty years, Affirmative Action has created an educational and work environment less focused on equality and more focused on ethnicity. There is no benefit for the United States to enforce Affirmative Action for minorities in educational and employment opportunities and equal treatment, because it promotes reverse discrimination, devalues real accomplishments, and cultivates the minority struggle. Background of Affirmative Action Affirmative Action was established during the 1960’s Civil Right Movement. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy was the first to coin the term “affirmative action” in an Executive Order (National Conference of State Legislatures [NCSL], 2014, para 2). This Executive Order targeted United States government contractors to promote the hiring, treatment and educational opportunities for minorities and women without consideration of race, color, creed or national origin. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was a result of President Kennedy’s Executive Order (NCSL, 2014, para 2). In 1965 President Lyndon Johnson signed an Executive Order mandating that all government contractors will incorporate affirmative action hiring policies to allow more minorities to be hired (NCSL, 2014, para 3). In the succeeding years universities and colleges

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