Affirmative Action

Essay by nevadajCollege, UndergraduateA, April 2004

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Affirmative action by definition is "A policy or a program that seeks to redress past discrimination through active measures to ensure equal opportunity, as in education and employment." But in today's society it seems that affirmative action encourages racial separation rather than racial harmony.

In a recent interview with NBC's "Meet The Press" National security adviser Condoleezza Rice said that she agreed with President Bush's decision to become involved in the Supreme Court case against the University of Michigan and its methods of admissions, but also stated "It is important to take race into consideration if you must, if race-neutral means do not work." This statement seems somewhat contradictory to her stance in the first place. To the logical mind it would seem that the only rational reason one would find "race-neutral means" not to work is if he or she did not want them to work.

Affirmative action had its time in this nation, and during said time was, without a doubt, the correct course for this nation to take, when the majority of the citizens of the United States did not want to promote equality in the workplace or provide equal educational opportunities for all.

Although, today is a much different world that that of the 1960's and social values and norms have changed. Employment and advanced educational opportunities should be afforded to all those who are properly qualified for them, regardless of race, sex, age, or religion, and affirmative action does not allow for that.

Policies such as affirmative action only create a larger gap in race relations in this country. Guiding principles for the furtherance of this nation should encourage racial harmony, and viewing individuals as human beings and judging such by their qualities as people not as a color or sex. Separation and bias, regardless...