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During the Civil Rights Movement there was many successes and some failures The Civil Rights Movement consists of many different things The one event that I believe has failed is some ways is Affirmative Action Affirmative action programs promote equal representation of minority groups in the American workplace and public schools It seeks to remedy the effects of discrimination of specific groups through the force of laws and regulations In practice affirmative action can be passive efforts or an aggressive approach to correct historic patterns of racial discrimination Unfortunately through the years affirmative action has changed from equal opportunity for everyone to preferential treatment of minority groupsThe original concept involved only passive efforts such as encouraging institutions to make deliberate attempts to include minorities in employment and in college enrollment In recent years affirmative action has become an aggressive effort that requires and measures minority representation As a result affirmative action has produced undesirable problems in the American culture President John F Kennedy first used the term affirmative action in 1961 He signed an Executive Order that stated the contractor would take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed and employees are treated during their employment without regard to their race creed color or national origin Affirmative action was created to give minorities equal educational and employment opportunities It ahs helped many minority people attend institutions of higher education and obtain better job opportunities but it has failed to reach the goal of alleviating racial discrimination Racial discrimination is prevalent in the hiring practices used by businesses in America Today the best qualified applicant applying for a job will not necessarily be the applicant that is hired Supporters of affirmative action insist that minorities are trainable even if they are not the best-qualified candidates Opponents of affirmative action argue that minorities who get the jobs do not get them on their own merit but obtain them because of the color of their skin Some
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