The Necessity and Effects of Affirmative Action

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The Necessity and Effects of Affirmative Action in the United States of America

* Outline Introduction Opener: A brief explanation on the Affirmative Action Policy Thesis statement: Having the Affirmative Action Policy is necessary as it has its strengths and weaknesses that affect the citizens of the United States of America.
The Affirmative Action Policy was absolutely a necessity in the 1960s which was when the policy was first implemented. The policy was a necessity to overcome the problem of minorities and women that were not considered for employment to work or to further their studies.
The problem also dealt with housing, business, economics and varying social factors related to minorities. Due to the enforcement of the
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The policy has shown great difference of discrimination in the United States which proves that having the Affirmative Action Policy is necessary as it has its strengths and weaknesses that affect the citizens of the United States of America (Brunner, 2001). As previously mentioned, the Affirmative Action Policy was first implemented in the United States in the 1960s where it was an absolute necessity at that time. The policy helps the minorities, including the African Americans, to get work to sustain their families and to achieve better qualification with higher education. The problem also dealt with housing, business, economics and varying social factors related to minorities (Affirmative Action, n.d.). The policy was introduced in the United States due to prejudice and discrimination where the minorities had lower standard of living than other groups. They had fewer years of education, higher rate of jobless labor and scarcity, lower pay and lower life expectancy than the whites (Thio, 2009). Different groups of people with different needs have been affected by the Affirmative Action; however, each group has similar aspirations of going towards achieving equality for all. Even though the policy clearly states that chances are to be given to the underrepresented groups to be hired for jobs and admitted into schools, only qualified individuals are to be considered. According to the Bakke

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