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Intro To start off I would like to present a quote from Historian Roger Wilkins Blacks have a 375-year history on this continent 245 involving slavery 100 involving legalized discrimination and only 30 involving anything else This quote makes you think Thats a rough history to go through The next thing that comes to your mind should be well have things gotten better And the answer is yes and no Yes we have come a long way and No there are still many things wrongAffirmative Action is unfortunately abused but not using this law effectively outweighs the abuse in AmericaTo prove our argument we have 2 types of evidence to present to you One is outrageous statistics and the other actual cases to back up those statisticsCase 1 First of all this statistic comes from an article in the Washington Post Of the 91183 discrimination complaints filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in fiscal 1994 89816 minorities which included women and 1367 white males alleged that they had been discriminated against because of their race Further a draft study of discrimination cases handled by the US District and appellate courts conducted for the labor department indicates that a high proportion of reverse discrimination claims are without merit You cant make the case that this backlash is quotas said California Assembly Speaker Willie Brown D The explanation for why people view it that way is the scapegoat phenomenon Doesnt this tell you something That yeah Affirmative Action may be abused in isolated situations but overall these statistics dont lie in showing that there is an overwhelming amount of Minorities which includes women that are still being Discriminated againstCase 2 Second Obviously something is barring women and minorities from reaching the highest levels of achievement in the workplace regardless of qualifications This statement is from an article in the Washington Post The Glass Ceiling Commission reported that 97 of Senior Managers at the Fortune 1000
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