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Affirmative Action After the United States Congress passed the Civil Rights Act in 1964 it became apparent that certain business traditions such as seniority status and aptitude tests prevented total equality in employment Then President Lyndon B Johnson decided something needed to be done to remedy these flaws On September 24 1965 he issued Executive Order 11246 at Howard University that required federal contractors to take Affirmative Action to ensure that applicants are employed without regard to their race creed color or national origin Civil Rights With the signing of that order and without knowing it President Johnson created reverse discrimination Affirmative Action was created in an effort to help minorities leap the discriminative barriers that were ever so present when the bill was first enacted in 1965 At this time the country was in the wake of nationwide civil- rights demonstrations and racial tension was at an all time high Most of the corporate executive and managerial positions were occupied by White Males who controlled the hiring and firing of employees The US government in 1965 believed that these employers were discriminating against Minorities and believed that there was no better time than the present to bring about change This action that started with good intentions would later lead to a different and more complex form of discrimination When the Civil Rights Law passed Minorities especially African- Americans believed that they should receive retribution for the earlier years of discrimination they endured The government responded by passing laws to aide them in attaining better employment as reprieve for the previous two hundred years of suffering their race endured at the hands of the White Man To many people the passing of these laws was an effort in the right direction Supporters of Affirmative Action asked why not let the government help them get better jobs After all the White
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