Does affirmative action help or hurt those who have historically experienced discrimination? Some would say it condemns those it is trying to help to not gaining the skills to move up. Others say the wall - or the glass ceiling - is just too hard to break through for any kind of equality to be achieved. What do you think?© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com September 27, 2022, 9:57 am ad1c9bdddf
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Affirmative action helps those who have historically experienced discrimination. Even though some would say that affirmative action condemns those it is trying to help to not getting the skills to move up, there are several reasons why affirmative action helps the discriminated(1). Affirmative action helps because some groups have untenable disadvantages, the discriminated face entrenched biases in organizations, and certain demographics face insurmountable discrimination. Affirmative action helps because diversity is desirable. Racial discrimination is rampant in schools. There are schools if allowed will not give admission to blacks and minorities. Affirmative action is a form of payment for decades of racial oppression and cruelty (2). Please understand that diversity will not occur if left to chance. Affirmative action brings minorities into areas where they would never have dreamed to have applied, it is required to break stereotypes, and helps those who are disadvantaged.
(1)Affirmative Action Matters: Creating Opportunities for Students Around the World
Laura Dudley Jenkins, Michele S. Moses
(2)Affirmative Action: Legislating Equality and Opportunity
The Rosen Publishing Group, 2014