Is Affirmative Action Justice For All?

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?It shall be an unlawful employment practice for an employer to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise to discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individual?s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin? (U.S.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Internet). This quote is taken from Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and states that no one should be denied employment due to their race; affirmative action keeps qualified people from being employed. Affirmative Action attempts to level the field for minorities, yet is discriminative in its nature, and discourages people from working to their fullest potential as quotas needed to be filled, which is the basis for my firm belief that affirmative action is a political downfall in our society.

Statistics clearly show differences between minorities? average education level, average income level, and average employment rate when compared with that of the majority. The affirmative action plan was created in an effort to give minorities the best possible chance to become successful. This sounds simple and pure, but it is only the beginning of a...