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The Failures of Affirmative Action Affirmative Action is an attempt to balance out the amount of discrimination in our country Companies schools and government agencies are given a quota of minorities there are required to have on staff If they do not meet the quota they are liable to be sued To meet this quota many companies must fire competent workers to make way for lesser qualified minorities This means hiring and firing based on race and gender The government feels that this is a necessary means of combating the rampant discrimination in our country but all it really does violate the very principles that its trying to protect Discrimination is wrong To fully understand what Affirmative Action is all about lets develop a scenario Once upon a time there were two people who went to an interview for only one job position at the same company The first person attended a prestigious and highly academic university had years of work experience in the field and in the mind of the employer had the potential to make a positive impact on the companys performance The second person was just starting out in the field and seemed less intelligent and less qualified Who was chosen for the job you ask Well if the story took place before 1964 the answer would be obvious However with the somewhat recent adoption of the social policy known as affirmative action the answer becomes unclear After the United States Congress passed the Civil Rights Act in 1964it became apparent that certain business traditions such as seniority status and aptitude tests prevented total equality in employment Then President Lyndon B Johnson decided something needed to be done to remedy these flaws On September 24 1965 he issued Executive Order 11246 at Howard University that required federal contractors to take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed without regard to their race creed color or national
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