Reverse Discrimination

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Reverse discrimination is defined as “discrimination in hiring, college admissions, etc. directed against members of certain social or racial groups, as white males, thought of as being dominant or having benefited from past discrimination against minority groups who are now favored, often as a result of affirmative action” ( Affirmative action was created as a remedy for racial discrimination. Its intent was to help people who were victims of discrimination (i.e.: family heritage that were succumbed to slavery) without creating hardships on new victims (whites). In this plan for affirmative action, there were several packages used to create this idea of affirmative action. The first package is called the remedial action package. This package stated that a change needed to be made to overcome the effects of racial discrimination. Another package that was created was the no preferential treatment which called for an emphasis on equal opportunity. Under the no preferential treatment package, there were sub-packages that included, reverse discrimination, the undeserving advantage, and the black hurt. The undeserving advantage argued that affirmative action gives minorities opportunities that they did not earn. The black hurt argued that recipients of affirmative action are stigmatized. Then you have reverse discrimination which argued that affirmative action violates the rights of whites. The basic agenda of affirmative action is equal opportunity. However, the majority believe that affirmative action causes reverse discrimination. Affirmative action can be used as an inspiring device for the American spirit in every race. Adrienne Williams a community college student in Portland filed a reverse discrimination complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s office of civil rights. Williams’ complaint starts out like many typical college student, she was looking for ways to get financial help for going to school. While looking into different grants she came across one called the Portland Teachers Program, which offers tuition to minorities who apply and qualify. Students start at the two-year school and then go on to earn a bachelor's degree and a graduate teaching certificate at Portland State University. They pay no tuition, but they are committed to working at least two years in Portland schools. The idea of having a diverse teaching force in theory is a wonderful idea, but why should it come at the expense of a hard working qualified student. Williams goes on to say that she understands the reason for the Portland Teachers Program, but that something like this should be equal for all students in this field. One of the most controversial issues in the affirmative action debate is its perceived negative impact on large numbers of whites, especially white males. Polls show that about half of the white race believes that they are being discriminated against. A poll commissioned by the Seattle Times states that 75% of white males believe that unqualified minorities get hired over qualified white. Two-thirds of those white males say the same about college admission (Seattle Times, 1999; Steeh & Krysan, 1996). The issue here is the impact affirmative action has on reverse discrimination. Reverse discrimination is a negative affect of affirmative action. Affirmative action can be a positive guideline to create equal opportunity in education and in the workplace. Though, in some cases it has taken away what it was originally in place for, equal opportunity. When a qualified white male is passed over for a job by an un- qualified minority, this creates a double standard. Affirmative action was put in place to prevent discrimination, but in cases like this, it is just reversing it. The hiring process has changed a great deal over the years. Businesses are now being forced to fill quotas with minority hiring. Whether these minorities are qualified or not, these quotas are being filled. In...
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