Disadvantages Of Affirmative Action

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Affirmative action (or positive discrimination) denotes some kind of support/help for those people who were negatively affected by their own specific characteristics as sex, race, and religion (Noon 2011). In the university admissions, affirmative action policies are used to provide fair and equal access to education for the historically underrepresented group of people, who in this work are African American students (Messerli 2010). Being introduced about 50 years ago, the affirmative action is still one of the most controversial issues in the history of the USA. It introduces us to the “American dilemma” in which the main question is how minority groups - African Americans should be treated by the majority of the US population (The Leadership Conference n.d.).…show more content…
The very first remark of the Affirmative action was made in the Executive Order 10925 issued by John F. Kennedy and which was intended to secure fair and…show more content…
On te one hand, it increases the number of African American students in the universities. On the other hand, it can cause reverse discrimination by benefiting minority at the expense of majority. In terms of efficiency, it doesn’t generate any harm to students. According to Kane, the affirmative action have zero and even positive effect on the education and future emploment of the minority students. However, nowadays we can see that the race-based affirmative action policies are unpopular. Many states decreased their use of direct racial prefrential treatment and some states even banned the race-based affirmative action programs in favor of other

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