Affirmative Action is NOT Reverse Discrimination Essay

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Affirmative action is not the source of discrimination, but the vehicle for removing the effects of discrimination. The Labor Department report found less than 100 reverse discrimination cases among more than 3,000 discrimination opinions by the U.S. District Court and the Court of Appeal between 1990 and 1994. Discrimination was established in only six cases. The report found that, “Many of the cases were the result of a disappointed applicant…. erroneously assuming that when a woman or minority got the job, it was because of race or sex, not qualifications.”(SF Chronicle, March 31, 1995) Job discrimination is grounded in prejudice and exclusion, whereas affirmative action is an effort to overcome prejudicial treatment through…show more content…
Why should white women care about affirmative action?

Women, in general, have been the main beneficiaries of affirmative action. The number of women entering profession has increased substantially. Women tend to work in a narrow range of low paying, low-status jobs. Women occupy 44 percent of all federal jobs but only13 percent of the top jobs according to The Feminist Majority, March 14, 1995.

Affirmative action stigmatize people of color

Stereotypes plagues people of color and would continue to do even if this policy was eliminated. Now people of color are stigmatized by being told, “The only reason you’re here is because of affirmative action.” So they are faced with the constant need to prove that they are qualified.

Why don’t we change affirmative action to policies that help people based on economic need instead of race of gender?

This approach would benefit people of color who are disadvantaged economically. People of color have been discriminated against based entirely on race for hundreds of years. Therefore, policies to eliminate discrimination must address the issue of race. We need programs based on economic need in addition to, but not instead of, affirmative action.

Tests are inadequate

Many tests are inadequate to predict success. Numerous studies have found that there is only a slight relationship between test scores and

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