Affirmative action is one of the more recent and popular civil rights policies that affect today’s society.Affirmative action can be described as nothing more than a lower educational standard for minorities.It has become quite clear that affirmative action is unfair and unjust.However, in order to blend race, culture, and genders to create a stable and diverse society, someone has to give. How can this be justified?Is there a firm right or wrong to affirmative action?Is this policy simply taking something from one person and giving it to someone else, or is there more to this policy, such as affirmative action being a reward for years of oppression against those whom it affects?
There have been many affirmative action plans and experiments attempted over the years; however most have been largely unsuccessful.These plans range from Title VII of the Civil Rights Act to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. In 1986 the Department of Labor published an experiment entitled workforce 2000, which investigated the number of the most recent entrants into the working class from the years nineteen eighty-five to two thousand (Hyde 1).”The analysis showed that of those who would be newly entering the workforce, only fifteen percent would be white males”(Hyde 1).
This course approaching prevalent accomplishment of affirmative action is the end outcome of an operation that began in eighteen sixty-four with the passage of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.(Hyde1) This act forbids discrimination on the grounds of
race, color, religion, and national origin.Title VII was meant to serve as a vehicle for affirmative action; however, in order to address the inequities of the nations employment system, another method was needed.About one year after Title VII went into effect, President Johnson required government contractors to take affirmative action in the employment of minorities.With this idea, he introduced executive orde…