The Core Democratic Values of Justice
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I believe that affirmative action should not be allowed or encouraged to

remedy past discrimination. I feel that the affirmative action legislation shows

favoritism toward minorities, which is not based on their own abilities, but by their

nationality or race. I also feel that affirmative action is no longer needs to be

considered in employment, education, and contracting decisions. Women and

minority groups today have the same abilities and talents as white men do, and

they should not be accommodated based on past discrimination of their particular

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s deeply rooted racism and segregation was

widespread and many civil rights activists took charge. The civil rights movement

soon took effect, and with the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 affirmative

action was created to help cure past discrimination and end segregation.

When affirmative action was established decades ago to increase the

number of minorities enrolled in higher education, it was a time of political

turmoil, in the midst of the civil rights movement. At that time, it was a set of

training wheels our nation needed to travel the road to equal opportunity among

races (Beerbower, Tabatha). Now affirmative action is being questioned and

many believe that it is no longer a productive policy. "Affirmative action in its

current form is racist, demeaning, and repugnant to the most fundamental tenets of

democracy”(qtd. Kirsanow, Peter). Affirmative action decisions are generally not

supposed to give any preference to unqualified candidates. And they are not

supposed to harm anyone through "reverse discrimination,” but they in fact do

violate the outlines of the legislation(Froomkin,Dan). Affirmative action promotes

the hiring of less skilled workers. It sometimes forces employers to choose the

best of the minority workers they can find, regardless of whether the...

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