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Affirmative action and reverse discrimination

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For over two hundred years, white males have been the most powerful group in the United States. Through economic exclusions, enforced by laws and reinforced by deep cultural attitudes, there has existed, in effect, a preferential hiring program for white males. In light of that historical reality and the dynamics that remain in our culture, evaluate the contemporary strategy of affirmative action for minorities to bring about more fairness in hiring and promotion practices. Defend your arguments concerning affirmative action and reverse discrimination.

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Affirmative Action and Reverse Discrimination

Opposition to affirmative action have sought to establish the validity of "reverse discrimination" and proponents of affirmative action cite the 1998 statistic that "less than 2 percent of the 91,000 employment discrimination cases pending before the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission are reverse discrimination cases. Organizations like NOW also point out the "under the law as written in Executive Orders and interpreted by the courts, anyone benefiting from affirmative action must have relevant and valid job or educational qualifications."

On this site which provides a venue for the debate, a self described white male explains that he has experienced reverse discrimination, but never sought remedy. Here is his statement: Retrieved from this site:

http://www.zianet.com/web/civil.htm

"As a ...

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Opposition to affirmative action have sought to establish the validity of "reverse discrimination" and proponents of affirmative action cite the 1998 statistic that "less than 2 percent of the 91,000 employment discrimination cases pending before the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission are reverse discrimination cases. Organizations like NOW also point out the "under the law as written in Executive Orders and interpreted by the ...

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