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AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PUBLIC OPINION VS POLICY When Justin Ketcham a white college student from the suburbs thinks about affirmative action he thinks about what happened when he sent out letters seeking scholarships so he could attend Stanford University after being accepted during his senior year of high schoolThe organizations that wrote back told him their money was reserved for women or minorities To Americans like Ketcham its a matter of fairness The average white male will claim that its not fair to attempt to rebalance scales by balancing them the other way Students like Ketcham are also more likely to claim that affirmative action is a program geared towards curtailing workplace prejudices that really dont exist anymoreBut when Hillary Williams a black insurance company manager from the inner-city thinks about affirmative action she thinks about the time she had to train three consecutive white male bosses for a job that no one even approached her about filling To her its also a question of fairness African-Americans like Hillary feel that there is just no other was besides affirmative action to level the playing field in certain businessesAnd so the disparity in public opinion begins A racially-divided America creates separate groups which Affirmative Action issue taps a fundamental cleavage in American Society Gamson and Modigliani 170--each with their own view of affirmative action on different sides of the line Government attempts to create policy based upon the voice of the people but affirmative action seems to present an almost un-solvable dilemma Traditionally it had been a policy that was greatly scrutinized for its quotas and alleged unfairness towards Blacks but at the same time it had also been praised for its inherent ability to help minorities gets jobs they deserve but could not obtain otherwise So how do we reach
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