Is It Time To Finally End Affirmative Action?

Is It Time To Totally End Affirmative Action In The US?

Affirmative action is an outcome of the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement, intended to provide equal opportunities for members of minority groups and women in education and employment.

In 1961, President Kennedy was the first to use the term “affirmative action” in an Executive Order that directed government contractors to take,

“Affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed, and that employees are treated during employment, without regard to their race, creed, color, or national origin".

Its policies are those in which an institution or organization actively engages in efforts to improve opportunities for historically excluded groups in American society and generally focus on employment and education.

In institutions of higher education, it refers to admission policies that provide equal access to education for those groups that have been historically excluded or underrepresented, such as women and minorities.

Fifty Plus Years Later – Should Affirmative Now Be Ended?


Megyn Kelly and Jay Sekulow (ACLJ) On Affirmative Action

Its Supporters Say

Affirmative action programs have resulted in doubling or tripling the number of minority applications to colleges or universities, and have made colleges and universities more representative of their surrounding community.

Statistics show that after California abolished it in 1998, that minority student admissions at UC Berkeley fell 61%, and minority admissions at UCLA fell 36%.

After Texas abolished it in 1996, Rice University’s freshman class had 46% fewer African-Americans and 22% fewer Hispanic students.

Graduates who benefited from affirmative action programs say that they have received better jobs, earned more money, and ultimately are living better lives because of the opportunity they received.

The policies are necessary in order to compensate for centuries of racial, social, and economic oppression.

Critics Make The Following Arguments

The policy is outdated and causes a form of reverse discrimination by favoring one group over another, based on racial preference rather than academic achievement.

It is likely unconstitutional under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Likewise, the programs may be illegal under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination based on race, color or national origin by recipients of federal financial assistance. 

Its policies lower standards and make students less accountable.

Affirmative action policies do not necessarily help economically disadvantaged students and a study by the Hoover Institution found that affirmative action tends to benefit middle and upper-class minorities.

Which States Have Banned Affirmative Action?

Eight states currently ban race-based affirmative action at all public universities.

California, Washington, Michigan, Nebraska, Arizona, and Oklahoma all passed bans through voter referenda.

In Florida, Governor Jeb Bush issued an executive order creating the ban.

What Do You Think?

Should affirmative action be ended nationwide?

Or shouldn’t it?

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2 Responses to Is It Time To Finally End Affirmative Action?

  1. Ross says:

    Ultimately, the initiative for affirmative action began with the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

    Lyndon Johnson issued his opinion on the matter, “You do not take a person who, for years, has been hobbled by chains and liberate him, bring him up to the starting line of a race and then say, ‘You are free to compete …and still justly believe that you have been completely fair’.

    Johnson believed that certain steps needed to be taken to so that the oppressed could stand equally with the rest and compete.

    After these steps had moved the oppressed forward, there is no longer a need for special treatment.

    California was the first state to recognize this and as a result sanctioned Proposition 209 to end preferential treatment in any public institution, including colleges and universities.

    Proposition 209 in turn brought an end to the unhealthy environments of universities and colleges that have become obsessed with maintaining the necessary diversity that affirmative action calls for.

    While it made history, Proposition 209 was actually the result of the increasing number of Americans who are growing weary of the action because blacks are now well established within society.

    Affirmative action created a major turning point in the history of the United States thirty years ago when society called for a change to end discrimination.

    Now society again calls for a change, only this time it is to end affirmative action.

  2. Mak the Knife says:

    I just cringe when I read “students of color” or ‘people of color’.

    Blacks used to be insulted by the term and probably still are!

    We are drowning in a sea of political correctness 🙁

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