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Affirmative Action Affirmative action has done a tremendous favor to our country by allowing opportunities for those who have been historically denied equal opportunity Affirmative action was not intended to be a quota system but has been abused by administrators--particularly those who are opposed to it Hard quotas are only enforced by legal findings of discrimination R Wilkins p331-3326 Affirmative action was never designed to relieve poverty however the opportunity for professional advancement undeniably provides a better life style for minorities and women Despite the positive results of 30 years of affirmative action it is still under attack by whites and even by blacks and other minorities--those who would benefit the most from it It might need some tweaking or transformation but abolishment is not the answer Some have suggested the program should shift to a class-based program but classism and race are already engraved in this society--I dont think we can separate that Though we would all like to think that America no longer needs affirmative action there are at least three reasons that this well-meaning program should remain public policy The first reason that affirmative action should remain a policy in this country is racism Though many white Americans embrace the progress of minorities and women many still hold on the old Jim Crow ideologies One example of racism is the blatant overt recruitment practices by extremist groups such as the Skin-heads and the old Ku Klux Klan These organized racist groups are using new technology The Internet and some of the old tactics rallies and terrorism to pollute the minds of the American youth Another example of racism is of the covert variety This variety uses demographics to screen potential employees Since most of our cities are still segregated by race andor ethnic neighborhoods it is very easy for employers to identify or weed out individuals by a mere address alone Identities are also obtained from ethnic speech patterns
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