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Affirmative Action Programs and Discrimination

Do affirmative action programs help to prevent discrimination? Why or why not? If you were designing an effective affirmative action program what elements would you include?

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"You do not take a person who, for years, has been hobbled by chains and liberate him, bring him up to the starting line of a race and then say you are free to compete with all the others, and still just believe that you have been completely fair." (Johnson, 1965) This quote by Lyndon Johnson is as true today as it was in his commencement address at Howard University June 4, 1965. This speech aptly explained the rationale for affirmative action programs which was to "level the playing field" so to speak especially in areas of employment and higher education.

As far as do they help prevent discrimination I would be inclined to answer this question in the affirmative no pun intended. My reasoning is simple although some believe this to be a modern concept brought about by liberals in ...

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What makes an affirmative action program effective? How can these programs prevent discrimination? This response will answer these questions as well as elements to be included in an effective affirmative action program.