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Running Head: AFFIRM ACTION 1 Affirmative Actions Nora Balderas SOC120: Introduction to Ethics & Social Responsibility (ADG1448I) Professor December 15, 2014
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AFFIRMATIVE ACTIONS 2 Affirmative action is touted as a plausible solution to the unequal, discriminatory, and unethical treatment of minorities, women, and homosexuals. The pursuit of meaningful employment and higher education for these groups are presently being met with sexism, homophobia, and racism in an effort to maintain the status quo of a heterosexual white male dominant society. The ethical implications of this purported solution are complex, as this is a highly contested issue that has been met with controversy and skepticism since its first inception during the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Many of the supporters of affirmative action are attempting to apply the ethical theory of utilitarianism because they believe affirmative action will bring about the most positive change for the most people. This assertion of affirmative action benefiting the most people in the US is further supported by the forecast of the 2008 Census Bureau, which states the minority population will overtake the white population in the US as the new majority population in only 28 short years. This is predicted to occur by the year 2042, within the span of only one generation. The most rigid form of affirmative action includes the purposeful employment of specific minority groups to boost their statistical significance in the makeup of colleges and the job market through the use of regulation and set goals .These measures base employment and college
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