Untitled Essay Research Paper Affirmative Action Solution

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Untitled Essay, Research Paper Affirmative Action: Solution or Confusion? Affirmative action is a plan designed to end discrimination by guaranteeing minorities will be hired, regardless of race or gender. While our country hires such groups based upon these guarantees, the qualifications of such people are occasionally overlooked. Many believe that affirmative action is a very effective plan; however, the population which opposes such action frequently includes people of various minorities, as well as many others who have been wronged by this plan In several cases, this plan causes minorities to be perceived as being under-qualified when hired; in addition, it also causes a new minority, the white male. Our government must acknowledge the fact that affirmative action is not

putting an end to discrimination; in all actuality, this plan has succeeded in creating new minorities, and more reasons for discrimination. Affirmative action frequently causes qualified employees to be looked down upon because some believe them to be “affirmative action hires”. Two of my female relatives are currently on the police force; as a result, I have encountered many discriminatory comments pertaining to their positions. The first remark I usually receive suggests that they were hired for their position solely based on gender. Another comment which I usually receive is, “Well, being a woman probably didn’t hurt their resume.” Both of my relatives are very good at their jobs; one was even on the popular television show, Cops. Neither of them are “wimps”,

yet most males look down upon them as being hired because of affirmative action. This type of criticism is received by many minorities holding good jobs, whether they are qualified or not. To quote William Reynolds, assistant attorney general in the civil rights division: In many cases, affirmative action takes away from legitimate minority success. People look at the black banker downtown who has made it on his own and say, “He got his job because of affirmative action.” Or, an employer hires a few talented minority people who would have succeeded anyway and says, “Those are my affirmative-action hires.” (26) In this particular case, affirmative action may, or may not, have been the reason for hiring, yet that is what most perceive. People of any race or gender should be

able to hold a job where their colleagues respect them as equals, not as “affirmative-action hires”. My cousin, Christine, has also added to my knowledge on how well affirmative action works at the hospital where she works. One of the administrators happened to be a black male–who was very qualified for his position–yet most of the staff accused him of being promoted because of his race. This affected his morality to such an extent that he resigned shortly after his promotion. Another black female–who was hired because of her race and gender–is not qualified for her position, yet is esteemed by her colleagues for her accomplishments. It seems that minorities are accepted to a certain extent, until they become someone’s boss. It is also a scary situation when a

person has an under-qualified surgeon performing surgery on them because of affirmative action. Affirmative action insists that the employer must “[a]void the kind of unnecessary escalation of criteria for selection and promotion which has sometimes been used to keep certain classes of people from entering the mainstream of our economic life” (Berry 19). This aspect of the plan creates more openings for minorities; however, it also suggests that the standards should be maintained at a low to guarantee these openings. In my opinion, if the standards for any position are raised, the productivity and accuracy of the country will rise accordingly. When the policy of affirmative action is to almost lower the standards of our society, this sacrifices quality for the sake of