This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Analysis Of The Arguments For And Against Affirmative Action (Issue #10, Stanley Feingold, George Mc Kenna, "Taking Sides" 13th Ed.)

1878 words - 8 pages

Issue #10, Affirmative ActionFor nearly a century in our country's history white plantation owners used the slave labor of black Africans, treating these people more like animals or property than like human beings. After the abolition of this practice, blacks continued to be treated like second-rate citizens. Falling victim to racial discrimination, they were denied equal opportunities readily available to their white counterparts. Today we face problems due to this discrimination and it's effects on the black community. One solution to the problem of past discrimination and racial inequality has been to take "Affirmative Action" with regard to minority races in America, enforcing certain levels of opportunity mandated for minority groups, most notably black African Americans. McKenna and Feingold's "Taking Sides" dedicates a section to this debate of whether or not affirmative action advances racial equality. Two individuals, Ms. Berry and Ms. Chavez, take differing sides. Ms. Berry contends that due to such a disadvantaged past blacks need affirmative action. Ms. Chavez claims racial preferences like affirmative action are merely superficial and erode real minority success."We need 'affirmative action' because minorities have suffered so much 'negative action' throughout American history," states Ms. Berry. Perhaps her first and overriding argument in favor of affirmative action is the history of discrimination in America. She cites the prevalence of economic injustice, unequal employment opportunities, and little access to higher education for blacks in the first half of the century. To support this concept she gives examples of this trend in differing industries and schools. She shows how black participation waned in comparison to whites disproportionate to population demographics. She then goes on to show how in the wake of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Congress and the courts have upheld policies to eradicate discrimination and even institute affirmative action. Her second main argument is a defense of continued affirmative action despite the contentions of its opponents. She claims that opponents of affirmative action distort the meaning of the principle, attempt to rewrite history, and ignore present realities. She explains that contrary to popular opponent belief, the purpose of affirmative action is not to alleviate poverty but to alleviate inherent racial discrimination. Poverty relief is merely a side effect and not the purpose. Another distortion that she cites is the belief that in order to institute affirmative action policies it would require a lowering of standards for minority groups. She cites the inadequacies of test scores as a standard in determining admissions to schools or jobs. As for history, many opponents presumably claim that our national principles call for "color blindness." She rejects this idea showing how we have historically allowed "race conscious" discrimination, which can therefore only be solved through...

Find Another Essay On Analysis of the arguments for and against Affirmative Action (Issue #10, Stanley Feingold, George McKenna, "Taking Sides" 13th ed.)

Taking Sides: Issue 21: Kaplan and Kagan

826 words - 3 pages Taking Sides argument: Issue 21Democracy is Government by the people. There are many different views on whether democracy is good or bad and if it works. Robert Kagan and Robert Kaplan have opposed thoughts on democracy.First off, Robert Kagan supports the concepts of democracy. He states that it has taken part in many countries like it never has before. The conditions that are necessary for democracy are economics. Another is literacy, which is

Select one moral issue and identify the arguments for the issue, against the issues and outline the teachings of the Catholic church on this issue

710 words - 3 pages Abortion is the ending of a pregnancy before birth. An abortion results in the death of an embryo or a foetus. For many years abortion has been an extremely controversial subject. One important aspect of the issue is whether a woman should be permitted to have an abortion and if so under, what circumstances. This makes abortion a moral issue.The people, who are against abortion, believe that, even though the baby is carried within the mother's

Opportunities of Character, Not Color. Arguments for and against Affarmative action

826 words - 3 pages affirmative action the gaps between our races will never close.Although these arguments may have positive aspects such as creating a multicultural campus, affirmative action's many faults cause more problems than are solved. The leading problem with these ideas on affirmative action in colleges is that it has completely failed to accomplish one of its main goals: reduce the color-consciousness of university students and ease racial tension. On

Against Affirmative Action

825 words - 3 pages allowed into those places because they need to "diversify" the schools and workplaces. In order for diversification to happen everyone should be able to be accepted instead of taking in the minorities and leaving out the whites. One major flaw in the affirmative action program is that discrimination can not stop discrimination. Two wrongs can not make it right. Because some whites once enslaved blacks, the decedents of those slaves, some of

Against Affirmative Action

896 words - 4 pages Against Affirmative ActionBeing that I am republican and tend to agree with conservative issues, I am not in favor of affirmative action. I do believe that affirmative action had a constructive purpose in creating equality amongst blacks and whites, women and men, and minorities and the majorities. Though in my personal opinion, I strongly believe that affirmative action has been exploited and manipulated into such a political fireball that it

Case Against Affirmative Action

1877 words - 8 pages A very prevalent topic these days, whether in the workplace or at a college, is affirmative action. Many people are Pro-affirmative action, and many are against. I,for one, am against it. I believe that affirmative action creates a lower standard to those of minority groups, and encourages them to think they deserve what they have not earned. I also think affirmative actions takes away from those white males who have worked twice as hard and

Affirmative Action Discriminates Against Asians

1420 words - 6 pages Argument for Affirmative Action." Chronicle of Higher Education 1 June 2012. Rpt. in Multiracial America. Ed. Noah Berlatsky and Lynn M. Zott. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2014. Opposing Viewpoints. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 10 May 2014. Aung, Kinh M. "Point/Counterpoint: Affirmative Action Benefits Everyone." 7 Nov. 2007. Web. 16 May 2014. Bronner, Ethan. "Asian-Americans in the Argument." The New York Times 1 Nov. 2012

Against Affirmative Action in College Admissions

1573 words - 6 pages found that they "opposed affirmative action programs that give preference to minorities to make up for past discrimination" (Morin and Warden). Also, more than two-thirds of the people surveyed believe that those programs should be altered or eliminated (Morin and Warden). The survey also found that the issue of affirmative action is sharply divided between blacks and whites. Furthermore, within communities of color, there exists a major debate

Against Affirmative Action in College Admissions

564 words - 2 pages Originally imposed in 1965, affirmative action is a set of public policies designed to compensate for past racism and help alleviate the racism that still exists. Ironically it does just the opposite. With affirmative action in place, colleges are forced to discriminate in favor of racial minorities in their admissions. Thus, discrimination is being used to combat discrimination. Affirmative action creates a situation analogous to that of George

Against Affirmative Action by JumboMoos Why AA hinders the non-minority and the minority by putting them in a job they are less/not qualified for

596 words - 2 pages may not get into a college that I am completely qualified for because some nitwit who barely passed high school is the 'right' minority.Supporters claim affirmative action to either 'make up for' previous wrongs or to end discrimination, making college admission equal for everyone. But the idea of affirmative action itself is discriminatory. Keeping affirmative action recognizes that there is a difference between races and discriminates against

10 Common Arguments Against LGBT Rights: All Refuted

3340 words - 13 pages which essentially tramples states’ rights. At long last we have covered ten of the most common arguments against LGBT rights, particularly same-sex marriage. Needless to say there are plenty of other arguments out there against the LGBT community, yet all lack logical and reasonable basis for denying us equal rights. Opposing the inevitable is a waste of precious time, money and energy. It is time those who oppose LGBT rights to start turning

Similar Essays

Arguments For And Against Affirmative Action

1161 words - 5 pages , thanking him for applying but denying his admission, encouraging him to apply at a later date. After all, Christopher is white and, according to Affirmative Action, Steven is more deserving of admission based on his ethnicity which "increases the diversity of the institution by allowing students of different races and cultures the same opportunities."(1) But does it? Affirmative Action, a remedy that federal courts used to impose on violators

The Question Of Abortion: The Issue, Arguments For And Against

2360 words - 9 pages 1. IntroductionAbortion is one of the most controversial moral issues that has become the center of discussion in our contemporary society. This issue has raised strong arguments, and for some people simply to mention 'abortion' is to stir up emotions. In this essay, I will present both sides of the argument: in favor and against. To take a closer look at this issue, I will discuss the arguments of Judith Jarvis Thomson, Michael Tooley, Don

The Complex Issue Of Affirmative Action

3668 words - 15 pages ).  Defenders of affirmative action argue that socioeconomic problems, and not strictly cultural problems, are responsible for impeding equality of economic opportunity and that the federal government is thus justified in taking the appropriate actions to rectify them (Green 1976).             5. One of the most common moral arguments against affirmative action is that it violates our societal value of individualism and merit. (Skrentny 1996)  People with

The Complex Issue Of Affirmative Action

756 words - 3 pages that are indeed hired because of their race have little motivation to disprove the stereotype by working hard and proving their merit. Pride is necessary for the success of both the employee and the employer, but affirmative action eliminates the pride normally associated with holding a job. In fact, only half of African-Americans polled by the Washington Post "say blacks and other minorities should receive preference in college admissions to