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Affirmative Action: Pros and Cons

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1. What are the pros of Affirmative Action? Cite and discuss a relevant case where Affirmative Action was justified.

2. What are the cons of Affirmative Action? Cite and discuss a relevant case where Affirmative Action was enforced to the detriment of the most qualified employee?

3. In your opinion, what does the future hold for Affirmative Action?

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This solution explains the pros, cons, and opinions about affirmative action. The sources used are also included in the solution.

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1. The pros of affirmative action are that it helps break stereotypes, and helps create diversity. Preference is given to minorities to make up for years of discrimination. The main pro is that students and workers who start at a disadvantage get a boost to succeed. Affirmative action increases opportunities for minorities. A relevant case is that of Grutter v. Bollinger, 539 U.S. 306 (2003) in which the affirmative action policy of the University of Michigan Law School was upheld ...

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