Mend it, don't end it: Affirmative action.

Essay by manyman November 2005

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Affirmative action is an intervention that is aimed at giving management a chance to correct an injustice, a mistake, or outright discrimination. Affirmative action is a policy to encourage equal opportunity and to level the playing field for groups of people who have been and are discriminated against. After many years of immigration, the United States has become a melting pot for people all over the world with a wide-range of races and ethnicities. This action helps redress past wrongs against minorities which includes; women, men, African Americans, Asians, or Caucasians. It helps to achieve diversity on campuses as well as work places, thereby creating a more equitable society. Nevertheless, the fact that affirmative action deals with minorities which is race orientated makes it particularly controversial.

The United States is one of the most eclectic countries in the world. This melting pot is full of flavors and varieties of colors from all around the globe.

Although American culture emphasizes diversity and equal opportunity, its unique history of immigration has shown that people of different races are not "created equal". This inequality arose from slavery; which nurtured into racism, discrimination and segregation. Although slavery is gone and legal segregation abolished, the effect of past discrimination still affects the lives of minorities. According too the article "What is the goal of affirmative action?" President Lyndon Johnson (D, 1963-1969) discussed the importance for remedying past discrimination against minorities." You do not take a man who for years has been hobbled by chains, liberate him, bring him to the starting line of a race, saying, 'you are free to compete with all the others, 'and still justly believe you have been completely fair," he said. "Thus it is not enough to open the gates of opportunity. All our citizens must have the ability...