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Affirmative action whats that mean to you There are many misconceptions about this act for example many opposing sides of this will argue that affirmative action will cause employers to turn down a qualified white man for a job and higher a unqualified minority or woman instead The reasoning is because they currently have so many white men on the job Fortunately this is not true affirmative action gives women and minorities who are qualified of course to obtain a job equally There have been many affirmative action programs set up all over the country They ensure the minorities and women will get a fair shake when applying for a job also for admissions into colleges An example of discriminatory practices in college admissions In the fall of 1998 classes began at Boalt Law School the 270 member entered class and the same number of blacks that the University of Mississippi had in 1963 only one attended Its almost going back to the segregated days of the south In the state of Alabama a federal district court enjoined A discriminative against blacks being hired as state troopers The court found that in the 37-year history of the patrol there has never been a black trooper The affirmative action programs have gone a long way and have made a big difference For example a government study showed that women made greater gains at private companies doing business with the federal government than at other companies Female employment rose 152 percent among federal contractors and only 22 percent elsewhere In 1955 only 49 percent of college students ages 18 to 24 were black This figure rose 65 percent during the next five years but by the 1965 had dropped to 49 percent Only in the wake of late 1960s and early 1970s did the percentage of black college students begin to climb steadily In 1970 78 percent of college students were black 1980 91
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