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Affirmative Action: a Permanent Approach
One of the hottest debates in recent history has been the validity of a Civil Rights policy called affirmative action. The policy proposes “preferential treatment” to certain groups based on their minority status, giving them an advantage in job employment and some areas of education. The question asked most often is whether it is constitutional to give advantages to certain groups, excluding some, based solely on their race or ethnicity. It is up to our legal system to use “strict scrutiny,” or consideration from every standpoint, to assess the issue, which is “a cost-benefit test measuring whether a law that falls (according to the Court itself) squarely within the prohibition of the equal protection guarantee is justified by the [e]specially important social gains that it will achieve” (Rubenfeld, 1997.) Some claim that it will achieve justice, while others think that it promotes forms of discrimination and further separates our society into racial groups. I intend to outline a compromise between the opposing sides, the main goal of…
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