The Probem of Reverse Discrimination Essay

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Griffin and Low were awarded money in a suit involving racial discrimination,
Does reverse discrimination occur in the U.S today?

In January 2011, The City of Kansas City, MO lost its second multi-million dollar employment discrimination lawsuit in a one-week period. The former city employees, Jordan Griffin and Coleen Low, were awarded $345,000 and $517,000 respectively by the jury. Griffin, a former Senior Analyst and Commissioner of Revenue, says she was given the nickname “White Chocolate” in the false belief she would favor minority hires. She also says she was harassed when she refused to participate in the biased-hiring process and was overlooked for an interview for the Commissioner of Revenue position on a permanent
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The nineteen accusers claimed they were denied promotions because of their race. The Supreme Court heard the case in 2009, upholding the 5-4 decision that New Haven’s choice to ignore the test violated thee Civil Rights Act of 1964 (RICCI v. DeSTEFANO). Throughout world history, especially the history of the United States, the topic of reverse discrimination, or positive discrimination, was never disputable. For centuries whites have been the “dominate” or majority race. But in our increasingly diverse world, this trend is changing. These topics are a relatively new social idea that came about in America during the 1960s equal rights movement and the signing of the Civil Rights Act by President Lyndon Johnson on July 2, 1964 (The Civil Rights Act). According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, reverse discrimination means: the unfair treatment of members of majority groups resulting from preferential policies, as in college admissions or employment, intended to remedy earlier discrimination against minorities (Reverse Discrimination). It seems that in an effort to correct the past 300 plus years of political and social abuse, minorities and some Caucasians have established that the only race it is perfectly okay to “hate” is the white race. I know this may sound somewhat extreme, especially coming from a white, male from a