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Voluntary Affirmative Aaction Plan

With voluntary affirmative action, people are not judged primarily on their merit, but instead on the privilege of belonging to a minority group.

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Yes, the voluntary affirmative action plan is a paradigm shift from the American philosophy of "only merit, not privilege."

Reason 1: Voluntary affirmative action is a policy of favoring qualified women and minority candidates over qualified men or nonminority candidates. With voluntary affirmative action, people are not judged primarily on their merit, but instead on the privilege of belonging to a minority group. The existence of unjust institutions in the distant past, such as American slavery, does not necessitate voluntary affirmative action, because compensation for past injustices is owed only to individuals who would have been better off except for those past injustices. With respect to individuals, such as African Americans living today are the product of American slavery and would not have existed without it, but only to point out that the injustices for which present-day African Americans deserve compensation are actually more recent. For example, there are the injustices of segregated housing, unequal education, job discrimination, and inadequate health and welfare programs, all of which African Americans today would certainly be better off without (Eden, & Ryan, 1999). Of course, these current injustices do have their origins in the injustices of the past, particularly ...

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Voluntary affirmative action is a policy of favoring qualified women and minority candidates over qualified men or nonminority candidates.

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