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ISSUE 11 IS AFFIRMATIVE ACTION REVERSE DISCRIMINATIONAffirmative action are programs that are designed to give members of groups that have been injustly treated in the past access to educational and employment opportunities This policy was implemented in the late sixties early seventies During this time colleges and businesses had to meet a quota for the admission or hiring of minorities and women Today quotas are no longer legal but programs and incentives are used to bolster the enrollment of minorities in college There has been much debate whether affirmative action is helping people or is reverse discrimination Some people such as Clarence Page believe that affirmative action benefits minorities Others such as Shelby Steele feel that affirmative action does more bad than good by promoting racial representation rather than racial development In my opinion affirmative action is an attempted remedy for the injustices of the past and widens the gap of ethnic tolerationClarence Page used affirmative action on a different level to get his foot in the door Page is a reporter and during the riots more black reporters were needed to cover the story because blacks could get closer to the story His column overlooked in the past was soon bought by his hometown newspaper He believes affirmative action was a way for him to get past a society that was against him On the other hand he also believes affirmative action to also benefit white people The University of Indiana Law School broadened its acceptance criteria to open the doors for promising applicants who did not score well on the tests which was beneficial to such people as JDanforth Quayle One of the claims of people against affirmative action is actually proven false in the example above He feels that until minorities feel trust and comfortable in the marketplace there will always be a need of measures to target jobs scholarships and contracts to minorities Page believes that affirmative action is essentially better
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