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Affimative Action

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Part of the civil rights movement over three decades ago, affirmative action calls for minorities and women to be given special consideration in employment, education and contracting decisions. Affirmative action is the nation's most ambitious attempt to fix its long history of racial and sexual discrimination. But these days it seems to incite, rather than ease. An increasingly assertive opposition movement argues that the battle to guarantee equal rights for all citizens has been fought and won, and that favoring members of one group over another simply goes against what we stand for. But defenders of affirmative action say that it is not level yet, and that granting modest advantages to minorities and women is more than fair, given hundreds of years of discrimination that benefited whites and men. Today, affirmative action can call for an admissions officer faced with two similarly qualified applicants to choose the minority over the white or the women, or for a manager to recruit and hire a qualified woman for a job instead of a man, they are not supposed to give any preference to unqualified candidates. And they are not supposed to harm anyone through "reverse discrimination."...

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