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    I would like to know more about affirmative action and different perspectives. For instance if you are for it or against it please explain why and what it means to you. In your own words and a substantial amount at least 1,000 words or more. My perspective is going to be from a military perspective FYI but obviously you can chose any perspective that applies to you.

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    Affirmative Action programs began with good intentions. President Kennedy signed an executive order that was to give minorities an equal opportunity for jobs because government and companies were to hire without regard to race, creed, color, or national origin. Gender was added later. The concept has spread around the world with affirmative action style programs in the U.K., India, and other countries. The rule was expected to make it easier for minorities to gain opportunities in work and education, previously denied to them. In 2003, in the United States, the concept, which has fallen out of favor with many, has been upheld for colleges and universities.
    Affirmative action at this point is a rule for government and contractors that do business with the government. Education institutions are supposed to use the ideal when possible and it is a suggested guideline for private companies. Title VII in the United States has strengthened the concept by making it illegal to discriminate based on race, color, gender, ethnicity, religion, or national origin. While this, after nearly five decades of being the law, should be relatively simple to understand and follow, it still seems to be a point of contention for many people. The overall idea of affirmative action was to make sure there were specified percentages of the company or government's employees who were minorities, especially the government and those who wanted to work on government business. Instead in ...

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    An opinion based on personal experience on affirmative action.