Affirmative Action

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Affirmative Action: Solution or Confusion?

Affirmative action is a plan designed to end discrimination by

guaranteeing minorities will be hired, regardless of race or gender. While

our country hires such groups based upon these guarantees, the

qualifications of such people are occasionally overlooked. Many believe

that affirmative action is a very effective plan; however, the population

which opposes such action frequently includes people of various minorities,

as well as many others who have been wronged by this plan In several

cases, this plan causes minorities to be perceived as being under-qualified

when hired; in addition, it also causes a new minority, the white male.

Our government must acknowledge the fact that affirmative action is not

putting an end to discrimination; in all actuality, this plan has succeeded in

creating new minorities, and more reasons for discrimination.

Affirmative action frequently causes qualified employees to be

looked down upon because some believe them to be 'affirmative action

hires'. Two of my female relatives are currently on the police force; as a

result, I have encountered many discriminatory comments pertaining to

their positions. The first remark I usually receive suggests that they were

hired for their position solely based on gender. Another comment which I

usually receive is, 'Well, being a woman probably didn't hurt their resume.'

Both of my relatives are very good at their jobs; one was even on the

popular television show, Cops. Neither of them are 'wimps', yet most

males look down upon them as being hired because of affirmative action.

This type of criticism is received by many minorities holding good jobs,

whether they are qualified or not. To quote William Reynolds, assistant

attorney general in the civil rights division:

In many cases, affirmative action takes away from legitimate

minority success. People look at...