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Lindsey Justice
11/7 discussion
Fri Nov 7, 2014 3:18pm
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The topic that I am potentially thinking about writing about is affirmative action. Affirmative action is a policy that favors people of a minority group that are perceived to suffer from discrimination. This topic interests me because I do not feel that in certain cases minority groups should be given special privileges if they do not work for it. An example of this would be in college admissions. College admissions are considered a very competitive process and it is not fair that some minorities can be accepted even when they have lower test scores or GPA of other non-minorities. Special scholarships can also be given to minorities in order to encourage them to attend a certain college or university, while as some non-minorities will get little to no financial relief because of them being a non-minority with a decent paying job. The argument for the dismissal of this policy would be that when it was first made it was to help promote equality in the hiring of jobs between blacks and whites. Now we have reached a time where blacks and whites work together in the work force without the push of a policy, today it comes down to who can do a better job. Yes, there will always be ignorant racist people who believe that blacks and whites are not equal, but you canít base a whole policy off of a small portion of people. One of the negative effects of this policy was because employers were forced to hire minority groups there was a decrease in skilled labor and bigger gap between the middle and lower classes was formed. The counter argument for this could be that the policy helps minorities achieve what they would be denied, this could be equal opportunity in the work place, as well as in college admissions. It also helps to fight racism by forcing people to communicate and work with someone different from themselves, this helps to dismiss all past discriminations between races. It helps to achieve diversity in all areas and helps to elevate status of the underclass and help them achieve true equality.

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