The Probem Of Reverse Discrimination Essay

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Griffin and Low were awarded money in a suit involving racial discrimination,
Does reverse discrimination occur in the U.S today?

In January 2011, The City of Kansas City, MO lost its second multi-million dollar employment discrimination lawsuit in a one-week period. The former city employees, Jordan Griffin and Coleen Low, were awarded $345,000 and $517,000 respectively by the jury. Griffin, a former Senior Analyst and Commissioner of Revenue, says she was given the nickname “White Chocolate” in the false belief she would favor minority hires. She also says she was harassed when she refused to participate in the biased-hiring process and was overlooked for an interview for the Commissioner of Revenue position on a permanent basis because it was already “pre-determined” that the position would be filled by an African American. When the then Senior Analyst Low spoke up on her colleague’s behalf, she says the city laid her off as well. The city’s, assistant attorney, said the city did nothing wrong and that the city was forced to layoff another 73 people that year due to the slump in the economy (Evans). Did Griffin and Low deserve the money they were compensated and does reverse discrimination exist?
Another even more high news case was Ricci v. DeStefano. This landmark case ,most likely lead to Griffin and Low being rewarded as they were, started in 2003 when nineteen firefighters filled a lawsuit against the city of New Haven, Connecticut alleging that the city discriminated against them regarding promotions. Of these firefighters, seventeen are Caucasian and two are Hispanic, had all passed the city test for promotions to management. New Haven officials invalidated the test results because none of the black firefighters who took the exam scored high enough to be considered eligible for the promotions. New Haven claims that they feared a lawsuit over the test’s adverse impact on a protected minority because of affirmative action. The nineteen accusers claimed they were denied promotions because of their race. The Supreme Court heard the case in 2009, upholding the 5-4 decision that New Haven’s choice to ignore the test violated thee Civil Rights Act of 1964 (RICCI v. DeSTEFANO).
Throughout world history, especially the history of the United States, the topic of reverse discrimination, or positive discrimination, was never disputable. For centuries whites have been the “dominate” or majority race. But in our increasingly diverse world, this trend is changing. These topics are a relatively new social idea that came about in America during the 1960s equal rights movement and the signing of the Civil Rights Act by President Lyndon Johnson on July 2, 1964 (The Civil Rights Act). According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, reverse discrimination means: the unfair treatment of members of majority groups resulting from preferential policies, as in college admissions or employment, intended to remedy earlier...

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