Affirmative Action Injustice

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Severin Madsen Dr. Carey Eng 101-1H3 10 October, 2011 Affirmative Action Affirmative Action, founded in 1961 by president John F. Kennedy, brought with it a lot of opportunity for all races and genders in the work place. Black men and women were now getting jobs more often and white men weren’t just the ones getting jobs anymore. Not everyone agreed with affirmative action however, in fact people today still argue over the topic of affirmative action. “The Injustice of Affirmative Action,” by Lisa H. Newton which explains the idea of reverse discrimination and how affirmative action has somehow backfired against us. The second article is “A Reply To Critics on Affirmative Action,” by Gertrude Ezorsky. This article is about the nature…show more content…
Also Newton refers to discrimination as an act of injustice towards the receiver. For example, if a woman is turned down for a job because a male with the same qualifications was also interviewed and received the position due to his gender. Newton doesn’t agree with this injustice but also wonders since more people are realizing that not choosing persons due to their gender or race is discrimination, if they are giving women and or African Americans special treatment so that their company can look diverse and nondiscriminatory. If true, then the rest of workers are now having the bulk of injustice done to them. Newton states, “It is, then, an ironic paradox” (414). Newton then goes on to tell about how to stop the injustice of discrimination once and for all, and explains the problems the U.S. might have with the reparations of giving blacks and women special rights or privileges for the hundreds of years spent giving African Americans and women unequal treatment. Newton then goes on to conclude her article by again explaining the injustice of discrimination, and how reverse discrimination is just as…show more content…
Newton is to educate on the issue of discrimination in the work place and political affairs. Newton believes that discrimination is unjust and that all those affected by it can suffer greatly. She also believes that if there is too much awareness for discrimination and that it can lead to the issue of reverse discrimination. Reverse discrimination is when the awareness for discrimination becomes too high, then the group being discriminated against receive almost a form of special treatment where they start to get more rights than the initial discriminators who are now receiving the discrimination. This creates a form of irony and chaos, where the government and or the community are not sure what to do when it comes to how to treat those of different gender and race in the work place. Lastly, Newton explains there is a simple solution to this problem, and that if everyone just refrained from discrimination initially, there will be no conflict nor would there have been any. The second article by Gertrude Ezorsky, “A Reply to Critics of Affirmative Action” is about the effect of affirmative action within the African American community. Ezorsky touches on the subject of whether or not affirmative action compensates African Americans for their lost years of equal treatment. Also, Ezorsky explains her pro view on affirmative action and how it benefits not just the African American community, but helps the reader realize that affirmative

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