Reverse Discrimination In African American Society

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The Racial Idea and Me American societal views of race mold almost all aspects of citizens’ lives. Opinions placed on African American racial groups are given stereotypes today that stem all the way from slavery in the 1800s. Unfortunately, negative attitudes towards minorities place an impact on American economy and beliefs to where every citizen can relate on a personal level. Affirmative action programs, put in place to help those minority groups affected by historical stereotypes, create huge debates in American society and politics. In this, affirmative action has become one of the largest effects of Unites States racial ideas. Authors such as Lipsitz, Barker, Jones, Tate, Wright, Barrett, and Roediger all share ideas that connect…show more content…
Another negative of affirmative action according to opponents is that it can increase the already strong tension between minority groups and majority groups – for example, if a white person doesn’t get a job because his opponent is African American, then that causes the white person to hold personal grudges against the latter (Reynolds). One of the first more recent counter affirmative action court cases appeared in 1996, when four white law-school applicants at the University of Texas challenged their school's affirmative action program. They stated that they were rejected because of unfair preferences toward less qualified minority applicants. As a result, the university's affirmative action admissions programs were removed as well as the specific racial/minority quotas that they had to meet…show more content…
Affirmative action in the workplace refers to programs that are instituted to address issues related to social groups with a history of discrimination. These programs include the Equal Opportunity Acts, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Equal Pay Act of 1963, Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, Title I and Title V of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Sections 501 and 505 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Civil Rights Act of 1991 (Leonard). These programs attempt to address the many years of discrimination by giving preference to groups of minorities with decisions related to hiring, training, promotions, etc. within a company. Although previous laws and policies were passed that prevented business discrimination associated with race, religion, age and gender, proponents of affirmative action in the workplace believe that more was needed to compensate for the many years of minority suffering by even more minority groups, such as low income people

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