Has Affirmative Action Gone Too Far (1)

Has Affirmative Action Gone Too Far (1) - Below is a Social...

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Below is a Social Welfare Policy Debate titled: Has Affirmative Action Gone Too Far. You need to read the debate then write a 3 part essay. The debate has a personal point of view from an author that explains "yes" affirmative action has gone too far and another personal point of view from another author that explains "no" affirmative action has not gone too far. The first part of the essay that you are to write is going to be a summary of the first author’s explanation of why he believes that “yes" affirmative action has gone too far. The second part of the essay is going to be a summary of the second author’s explanation of why he believes that "no" affirmative action has not gone too far. Finally the third part of the essay is going to be your personal beliefs, a summary of what you think, do you think affirmative action has gone too far? Why? Give supporting details of your own beliefs and reasoning. Entire essay needs to be one complete page. Has Affirmative Action Gone Too Far? Public sentiment has turned against affirmative action in recent years. Preferential treatment toward underrepresented and disproportionately disadvantaged groups was once favored as a just reaction to generations of legal discrimination, segregation, and systematic exclusion from full participation in American citizenship. As globalization has exacerbated the economic pressures on the white American middle class, domestic competition has escalated. The view that affirmative action is just recompense has given way to charges of reverse discrimination. Proponents of affirmative action contend that equal opportunity cannot be achieved without reversing the historical consequences of discrimination. Opponents contend that affirmative action violates equal protection provisions of the Fourteenth Amendment. Both sides in this issue passionately argue for fairness and equity. Yes:
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The question of whether affirmative action has policies have gone too far has to be constrained by what we mean by affirmative action, how the policy is applied, and what it is supposed to achieve. Additionally, consider that different settings (e.g. contracting, education, political representation) generate different policies that go by the name affirmative action. Even if we decide that the common denominator for all those policies- race, or some other group attribute-is taken into account, we need to remember that the policy is applied differently in various settings. Affirmative action in hiring practices looks different from affirmative action in voting practices and education. Also, affirmative action takes different shapes in various countries. Given that this essay is an introductory one, we will not be able to look at all the factors, historical reasons, and complexities that characterize the debate. Only after characterizing what affirmative action is and what it is supposed to achieve, even in general terms, we will be able to assess whether it is good policy. I will argue that affirmative action policies have gone to far as a
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This note was uploaded on 12/25/2010 for the course DEPTT. 2339485 taught by Professor J.khowel during the Spring '10 term at twsu.edu.

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