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Affirmative Action Needs Reform
The goal of affirmative action was not (or at least should not have been) to promote diversity.
The goal should have been to promote and ensure equality of opportunity for people regardless of
race, color, creed, gender or national origin. The system that has evolved since the civil rights
legislation of the 1960’s is a misapplication of its original intent. Laws have been passed, quotas
have been established and seemingly, everything has been done to prevent discrimination, but
these new laws and quotas are only discriminating against a new group of people–the qualified
white male. The affirmative action system originally may have had a just intent, but I
sincerely believe it has been counterproductive in practice.
Affirmative action by design was intended to help minorities and women reach the same
levels of opportunity as the so-called majority, but in the process, reverse discrimination has
taken place. Graglia believes “affirmative action” has become simply a deceptive label for racial …
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