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What Does Equal Mean All men are created equal as affirmed in the Constitution of the United States of America This is a statement that no America claims to dispute but it has been disputed many times when it comes to the issue of affirmative action Both sides of the debate have over examined moral and ethical issues concerning affirmative action while forgetting to scrutinize the system that has created the need for them Affirmative action is more encompassing than just a cure all for racial discrimination segregation and slavery Eastland 396 The opposition has failed to account for the positive features that affirmative action has fostered Affirmative action has heightened our awareness of racism sexism equal opportunity in jobs and education and an overall increased quality of life as is guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights In theory it should provide groups a greater equality of opportunity denied to Blacks by an unfair assessment of their capabilities and a historically flawed system Until all individuals have the same motivation the same physical attributes the same language the same skin color the same sex and the same talents there is a overwhelming need to continue affirmative action Although affirmative action has caused tension in American society it has also established assistance programs for better schooling and equal pay and opportunity to achieve regardless of race gender ethnicity disability or age A cursory look at the history of this country tells the tale of oppression of the Blacks as an inferior race Originally civil rights programs were enacted to help Black Americans become citizens with full rights guaranteed to all The 13th Amendment made slavery illegal the 14th Amendment guaranteed equal protection the 15th Amendment forbade racial discrimination in regard to voting Then in 1941 President Roosevelt signed an executive order outlawing segregation in hiring for defense related industries and in 1954 the decision of Brown vs the Board of
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