Affirmative action : the continuing controversial debate
Affirmative action has received tremendous attention since President Kennedy's 1961 Executive Order 10,925 that directed federal contractors to take affirmative action to ensure they treat job, applicants and employees "without regard to race, creed, color, or national origin." Proponents argue the positive effects of affirmative action, while opponents argue the negative implications of affirmative action. This paper explores both sides of this heated political debate.
The first part of this paper analyzes the historical events that prompted the initiation of affirmative action; the second part focuses on the positive and negative effects of affirmative action. Part three explores the Court's interpretation of race-based affirmative action programs. The final portion of this paper offers socioeconomic-based affirmative action as an alternative approach to replace race-based affirmative action.
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Ravitch, Frank S.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Health and Public Affairs
Dissertations, Academic -- Health and Public Affairs;Health and Public Affairs -- Dissertations, Academic
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Manning, Roy C., "Affirmative action : the continuing controversial debate" (1998). HIM 1990-2015. 115.