Hiring employees from minority groups.

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Hiring Minorities

In recent years preferential hiring has become an issue

of great interest. Preferential hiring, which was devised to

create harmony between the different races and sexes, has divided

the lines even more. Supporters on both sides seem fixed in

their positions and often refuse to listen to the other group's

platform. In this essay, the recipients of preferential hiring

will be either black or female, and the position in question will

be a professorship on the university level. The hirings in

question are cases that involve several candidates, all roughly

equal in their qualifications (including experience, education,

people skills, etc.), with the only difference being race and/or


What we have here is a case of predetermined preference.

The two candidates in question are equal in all ways, except race.

The black applicant is selected, not because of skills or

qualifications (in that case the white man would have provided

the same result), but for his skin color.

This seems to be blatant

discrimination, but many believe it is justified. Some feel

retribution for years of discrimination is reason enough, but that

issue will be discussed later. First, lets focus on why this is

not a solution to creating an unbiased society.

Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream: 'I have a dream that

my four little children will one day live in a nation where they

will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content

of their character.' He desired a world without discrimination,

without prejudice, and without stereotypes. The fundamental lesson

years of discrimination should have taught is that to give anyone

preference based on skin color, sex, or religious beliefs is, in

one word,