Affirmative Action Essay

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English 1A Compensation or Positive Discrimination? Affirmative action is a growing argument among our society. It is complex and very often defined vaguely. Some can define affirmative action as the ability to strive for equality and inclusiveness. Others might see it as a quota-based system for different minority groups. Is affirmative action fair? Are minority groups on equal footing? Is gaining employment for minorities difficult? Is education easily obtained for the minority groups of people? Affirmative action endeavors to answer all these questions, while allowing society to believe harmony exists and it was introduced as a way to promote diversity and ensure fairness. Affirmative action is needed to create diversity in America. Affirmative action allows people of different races and backgrounds to interact in the workplace and in higher education settings. Affirmative action has become a tool for minorities to use for equality in the business world. The most prominent form of affirmative action centers on access to education, particularly admission to universities and other forms of tertiary instruction. Race, ethnicity, native language, social class, geographical origin, parental attendance of the university in question, and/or gender are often taken into account when assessing the meaning of an applicant's grades and test scores. Affirmative action programs at universities benefit mostly African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans. Today, affirmative action is recognized however, as the 'glass ceiling' is still there. The glass ceiling refers to "you can see it, but you can't get it". Minorities can reach for the ceiling but still have difficulty actually trying to touch it. Unfortunately affirmative action cannot tell society to behave in a way that would place every individual, every minority group on equal footing. That is why

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