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Detrimental Affects of Affirmative Action
Beginning in the 1960’s several government programs were introduced in order to ensure equality in the job market. However, these programs accomplished the exact opposite by judging potential employees by their race and gender and excluding possibly more qualified persons. This is not the plight of women or African-Americans, but that of the white male. Affirmative Action is not only an ineffective method for compensating for past disadvantages, but also widens the racial and gender gaps in today’s society.
President John F. Kennedy was the first person to use the words “Affirmative Action” in a speech in which he expressed desire to create equal rights. Later, in 1961, he created the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that explicitly states that employers, specifically construction businesses employed by the government, must use a system that ensured workers would be hired “without regard to their race, creed, color, or national origin” (Eisaguirre 29). Though a step in the right direction, this vague definition left it op…
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