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I Why do we need affirmative action Unfortunatly this country still very much needs affirmative action and the arguments used to attack affirmative action both overt and covert are dead wrong Several arguments have been used against affirmative action which I will try to list here One argument is that it is no longer needed women and minorities have plenty of jobs Just a quick look at the numbers proves this wrong More importantly though is that women and minorities often make less money then white men working at the same job There is a very real wage gap and even as women and minorities have made a great inroads into labor pool and especially into better paying jobs the gap persists Critics of affirmative action often dont have to worry about being pulled over in their car and searched perhaps roughed up a little in the process because of the color of their skin No but lots of Americans do Lots of Americans have to face daily the added burdens that they are forced to carry because they are women African-American Hispanic or they belong to any other group of people which a great deal of American population still looks down on They are instinctively treated as less able less reliable more suspicious more lazy They tip that silent switch in the back of the interviewers head that makes him think Well this person is qualified but let me interview just a few people more Woman and minorities continue to be mistreated and so continue to deserve if not need the extra help that affirmative action gives them People may believe that they are successful not on their own merits but because of affirmative action It seems like a case of low self-esteem turned into national policy They need people to say Yeswe believe that you are smart and talented And in order to get that they believe that the stigma will
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