Supreme Court Ruling on the White Firefighters' Case Study

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Supreme Court Ruling on White Firefighters Case Was Justified Affirmative Action was established during the Civil Rights era to address the problem of racial inequality in the workforce and the educational field. Advocates of affirmative action since have argued that it is necessary to maintain it to make sure that diversity in schools and the workplace is upheld. They also have argued that in the absence of affirmative action, minorities and members of underprivileged groups will have fewer chances of getting good jobs or good quality education. Though motivated by noble ideas, affirmative action programs in the last decades have become an object of intense controversy, leading many white men to argue that affirmative action promotes reverse racism. The problem is further exacerbated because affirmative action programs are badly implemented by employers and schools. These controversies came to a forefront of mainstream discussion when 17 white firefighters and one Hispanic in New Haven, Connecticut, filed a lawsuit, arguing that they were victims of racial bias. After the lawsuit was dismissed by the federal appeals court in New York, the case was brought to the Supreme Court, which reversed the decision of the lower court and supported the white firefighters. Evidences show that the Supreme Court decision was justified. The background to the case Ricci v. DeStefano took place in 2003. The Hew Haven city fire department offered promotions to firefighters who wanted to

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