The Long-Term Effectiveness of Affirmative Action Term Paper by Master Researcher

The Long-Term Effectiveness of Affirmative Action
A review of the policy of affirmative action.
# 86125 | 2,025 words | 5 sources | 2005 | US

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This paper takes a look at the concept of affirmative action, a legislative process that is intended to compensate for centuries of historical discrimination by attempting to re-balance the odds. Unfortunately, according to this paper, this in itself, is possibly discriminatory.

From the Paper:

"Has affirmative action outlived its usefulness in modern society? For that matter, was affirmative action ever useful in the first place? As an institutional practice, affirmative action has been fraught with controversy since its inception. As an ideal, it was conceived to provide proactive solutions to the problem of discrimination, particularly in the United States. In theory, that sounds likes a good idea. Why wait for discrimination to rear its unpleasant head? Why not deal with the problem before it becomes one? That's the theory, at least. In practice, the implementation of affirmative action is murkier. Affirmative action is, by definition, any legislative policy that works to redress historical discrimination by taking a proactive stance towards an uneven playing field (Schwindt et al). I would argue that such proactive measures are themselves discriminatory."

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