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The paper describes a case of reverse discrimination and discusses the need for the U.S. government and its officials to ensure equality of outcome, opportunity and perception for all its citizens. The paper asserts that equality really means ensuring people are treated fairly, that each and everyone is given a fair shot at opportunities based on their capabilities.
From the Paper:"Although there are several strides in the government to ensure plans and programs are in place to promote equality, these should be a continuous effort with several follow-throughs. The election of the first African-American president of the United States is a clear indication of the fruition of the positive results of equality of opportunity and equality of outcome. This only shows that despite some flaws and problems, the nation's political culture is still based on "broadly shared values, beliefs and attitudes about how the government should function. American political culture emphasizes the values of liberty, equality and democracy. (Brainflare, Inc., 2009)" The onus though should not be just on the government as a whole entity but on those in the government and the ones being governed should act accordingly in support of equality initiatives. "Government officials especially are in a unique position to help make equality and opportunity a reality for all Americans. Under constitutional law, federal, state, and local, government officials may take actions to advance racial equality and promote opportunity for individuals from all racial backgrounds while respecting equal protection rights guaranteed by the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. (American Civil Liberties Union, 2009)""
Sample of Sources Used:
- American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Promoting Opportunity and Racial Equality in America: A Guide for Federal, State and Local Governments. 21 July 2009. 11 Nov. 2009. <http://www.aclu.org/files/pdfs/racialjustice/promotingequality_20090721.pdf>.
- Anthology of Ideas. Equality, the Goal Not the Signpost. 27 Apr. 2008. 11 Nov. 2009. <http://anthologyoi.com/sociology/equality-of-outcome-equality-of-oportunity.html>.
- Brainflare, Inc. "American Political Culture." Quizlet. 2009. 11 Nov. 2009. <http://quizlet.com/323464/american-political-culture-vocabulary-flash-cards/>.
- Choudhury, Nusrat. "Racial Equality After Ricci." Blog of Rights. 22 July 2009. 11 Nov. 2009. <http://www.aclu.org/2009/07/22/racial-equality-after-ricci/>.
- Karsan, Rudy. "Equity vs. Equality." Kenexa Connection. Oct. 2006. 11 Nov. 2009. <http://events.kenexa.com/newsletter/oldver/09051.asp?uid=1&tbl=test>.
Cite this Persuasive Essay:
Racial Equality in the United States (2012, June 11) Retrieved May 21, 2013, from http://www.academon.com/persuasive-essay/racial-equality-in-the-united-states-151472/
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