Getting Rid of Discrimination

2211 WordsOct 9, 20129 Pages
Running head: AFFIRMATIVE ACTION Affirmative Action Liberty University’s Distance Learning Abstract Affirmative action is a law that was passed in the early 1960’s and which has been exercised throughout the world for decades upon decades. This law has been recognized to “attempt to get rid of discrimination against minorities, and women in America” Affirmative action also known as A.A. began as a plan to equalize the educational, employment, and contracting opportunities for minorities, and women with opportunities given to their white, male counterparts.” (U.S. history.com) A.A. is also considered the set of public policies and initiatives designed to help eliminate past…show more content…
1. What is Affirmative Action? 2. How has Affirmative action provided better opportunities for minorities and women in both their education and employment? History on Higher Education What is Affirmative Action? As defined earlier Affirmative action is defined as: “an active effort to improve the employment or educational opportunities of members of minority groups and women.” According to Merriam-Webster dictionary. This law was put in to effect to keep employment agencies from rejecting a person for a job due the their age, race or gender. Under the American Association for Affirmative Action, “Banning discrimination was not enough, however, to overcome the continuing barriers to equal opportunity” (American Association for Affirmative Action, n.d.) In 1965 at Howard University, President Johnson gave a speech where he addressed the topic of Affirmative Action stating: “You do not wipe away the scars of centuries by saying: Now you are free to go where you want and do as you desire, and choose the leaders you please. You do not take a person who, for years, had been hobbled by chains and liberate him, bring him up to the starting line of race and say, ‘you are free to compete with all the
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