Affirmative action

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Affirmative action The 1960s and 1970s witnessed the beginnings of  affirmative action , or action taken to provide  equal opportunity, to end discrimination. Most instances of affirmative action have proven to be  controversial. An example is forced school busing, in which children were taken by bus to schools  outside their normal school districts in an attempt to force integration in school systems. Other  examples of affirmative action attempted in the 1970s and 1980s included having “quotas”  (percentages of represented groups) employed in public agencies and colleges. Critics of affirmative  action argued that the resulting “reverse discrimination,” or action taken to provide opportunity only to  underrepresented groups, was not a cure for social ills. Fixed quotas were finally declared illegal.  Blacks today Sociologists debate the actual effects of the civil rights movement. Although the movement seems to 
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