Affirmative action started in the 1960’s as a way to end discrimination against African American and later all minorities - including women. By migrating people of all color into workplaces and colleges/universities seemed to be the suitable solution to diversify our nation. Although blacks had been freed for a 100 years, they continually struggled with segregation. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 banned the segregation of all sort in the United States, however that was not enough. Congress mandated the affirmative action program as a plan of desegregation. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy made reference to this plan, but it was not until September 1965 that it was enforced by President Lyndon Johnson. The program affected federal jobs, to include federal contracting company, and universities. In order to receive federal funding, each entity had to hire and enroll minorities. Affirmative action was a good jump start to get our nation to where it is today. However, affirmative action should not be continued because it is a form of discrimination, it is more harmful than helpful, and it supplements race or gender for one’s qualification.
The government thinks that implementing affirmative action will repair inequality, but it cannot. In the midst of tying to promote equality, they are promoting discrimination. Discrimination is the violation of one’s human rights based on gender, sex, race, ethnicity and/or relation. President Johnson felt that blacks being free and able to go to the same school as Caucasians were not just enough for the past discrimination and turmoil the African Americans went through. Affirmative action was used as a cure to remedy lost times. Sandal made some valid points; he noted that the individual that are benefitting from affirmative action are the descendants of the slaves. They did not pick cotton or call a white man master, yet they reap the benefits. On the other hand, some Caucasians (mostly males) suffer for the acts of their ancestors. Minorities have been compensated enough. It is time to stop dwelling on the past matters and move forward.
Can a man not do what so ever he pleases with his own money? Well, Bill Gates did. In 1999, Gates give $1 billion for minority scholarships. He was praised for doing so by many, but is that not a form of discrimination? Irving and Kincaid were displeased with Gates actions, because they thought it was discriminatory and that the funds should have been allocated for the underprivileged. Gates, like many others, did not take into consideration that there are many disadvantaged whites who could have also benefitted from this.
Insisting on how ridiculous minority scholarships are, Roger Williams University in Rhode Island decided to create a white-only scholarship. President Mattera had received thousands for this scholarship (Sargis, D.). The school did receive attack and some higher cut links with them. An act as such could be...