Affirmative action was orginally designed to help minorities, but women-especially white
women-have made the greatest gains as a result of these programs”(Gross, 1996). Affirmative action is a
growing argument among our society. It is multifaceted and very often defined vaguely. Many people
define affirmative action as the ability to strive for equality and inclusiveness. Others might see it
as a quote-based system for different minority groups. I agree and support affirmative actions in that
individual’s should be treated equally. I feel affirmative action as an assurance that the best
qualified person will receive the job.
Is affirmative action fair? In 1974, a ...view middle of the document...
Equal opportunities for the blacks, for the most part, has
remained more wishful-thinking than fact. Black students are continuing to struggle to seek an
education, black business owners are still competing against their White counterparts, and black workers
are experienceing an unemployment rate twice that of Whites and hold dead-end, labor-intensive,
low-paying jobs. “Few can argue that racism is still rampant in awarding craontcts, jobs, and
educational opportunities, eventhough it’s been proven benefical to have peop[le of different races with
different ideas and different experiences working toward the same goal” (Chappell, 1995).
The employment outlook for minorities is grim, but not hopeless. We definaltely need affirmative
action to overcome the disparities of employment that exist int his country. A recent Urban Benchmarks’
study found that of 71 metro areas surveyed nationwide, Pittsburgh had the highest rate of
employment-related problems among non-Hispanic whites between the ages of 25 and 54 and the sixth highest
rate among African Americans in the same age group. We have a lot of problems with basic education here
and if you don’t have basic education, you have no chance of getting a good job because competition is
increasing for everyone. We must make sure that we educate our potential work force, including
minorities, or our competitive edge, if we have one, will continue to decline in golbal markets. Many
jobs today are in the technician and technologist area. “Jobs require more than a high-school
diploma,but less than a four-year degree--such as an associate degree or certificate fro!
m a vocational or trade school” (Kovatch, 1996)....