Affirmative Action

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Affirmative action is a disgrace to the United States and it should be outlawed. It is truly a bad policy, and many times, it threatens the integrity of our great court system. As you can see, I am certainly against affirmative action. I am basically against this policy because, it violates the 14th Amendment and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Also, I believe that you cannot give special considerations to a certain group of people, because it will hurt others. Affirmative action should be outlawed; it is not right to give people certain things based solely on if they are a minority or not.

Affirmative action can be looked at in three different aspects; its moral effects, practical ways, and basically, if it should be legal or not. In a moral sense, critics like me will tend to see affirmative action as bad. In my views, it really is a terrible policy for our country to follow.

It destroys the feelings of others when a person is given a job over you because they are a minority. Maybe the company who fires you thinks this is a good policy to follow, but to the person, it just degrades their feelings and makes them feel bad about themselves. By giving preference to one group, it is really promoting the tensions and separating the divisions between groups. On the practical level, affirmative action really doesn't even work. This is for one simple reason-when you give special consideration to a minority group, you automatically hurt another group. In turn, the group that was hurt could sue and make the situation even worse. Lastly, affirmative action really shouldn't even be legal. This is because, it violates the 14th Amendment and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Both of these statements say that discrimination on the basis of race is illegal. This applies to everyone and it is a basic principle of American democracy. For the reasons listed above, affirmative action should be banned in our democratic nation.

Affirmative actions had both its pros and its cons. Nonetheless, the people, including me, who are against affirmative action have a firm leg to stand on. There are more reasons that show that this policy is bad for our nation.