The Necessity of Affirmative Action Term Paper by Nicky

The Necessity of Affirmative Action
A persuasive paper on the role of affirmative action in today's society.
# 146416 | 2,771 words | 11 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 26, 2010 in Hot Topics (Affirmative Action) , African-American Studies (General)

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The paper considers the contention of critics of affirmative action that affirmative action programs have gone too far to remedy the historical injustices against African-Americans. The paper reveals the bias towards whites in higher-paying and higher-prestige management and professional jobs and argues that discrimination and racial disadvantage are still very much a part of American society. The paper emphasizes that whites still experience privilege and concludes that while affirmative action may not be the perfect solution to the problem of racial discrimination in America, it is the best solution that exists at this time.

History of Affirmative Action
Education Issues Related to African Americans
Getting a Job
Have We Gone Too Far?

From the Paper:

"The end of legally sanctioned racial segregation in the 1950s and 1960s was a major step in the direction of racial equality. However, as had been the case with the end of slavery, the removal of formal oppression did not eliminate customary and private discrimination. As a result, the federal government had to take certain steps to ensure that African Americans were no longer being discriminated against. Moreover, because some effects of past discrimination, such as inferior early education, made African Americans less desirable candidates according to some objective criteria, the government instituted a system of preferences. At the time, there was simply no other way to end the vestiges of injustice. However, many people argue that the time for affirmative action has past, and that, since the playing field is now level, it now confers an unfair advantage on African Americans."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • 13 myths about affirmative action. (2008). Retrieved March 7, 2009 from African American Policy Forum. Web site:
  • Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 347 U.S. 483 (1954).
  • Executive Order 10925. (1961). Retrieved March 7, 2009 from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Web site:
  • Ginsburg, R.B. (2000). Affirmative action as an international human rights dialogue: considered opinion. Retrieved March 7, 2009 from BrookingsWeb site:
  • Grutter v. Bollinger, 539 U.S. 306 (2003),

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