Reverse Discrimination

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Steven O’Connor
Mrs. Cogliano
English 11H
9 April 2010
Reverse Discrimination

Through Affirmative Action white Caucasian males have been adversely subjected to Reverse Discrimination as our society attempted to advance women and minorities. Reverse discrimination is Discrimination against a privileged group in order to correct previous discrimination against a disadvantaged group. The accusation of ‘reverse discrimination’ is often directed against those favoring equity programs or affirmative action programs.(Online Dictionary) White males undergo Reverse Discrimination in schools, like in the Regents of the University of California vs. Bakke case, and in the workplace as seen in the case involving the promotion of firefighters.

After the abolition of slavery the NAACP worked hard to promote specifically African Americans in schools. Schools then under went affirmative action programs to support minorities. “The words ‘affirmative action’ were first used (vaguely) in Executive Order 11246 issued in September 1965. The directive required government contractors to take ‘affirmative action’ to promote hiring of blacks and other minorities” (Frederick 11-12). At the time this seemed fair in order to get minorities up to speed with the white community. Schools started looking specifically for minorities for there schools to make them look better. So although minorities were getting into schools and all was looking well for them people, like Mr. Bakke, were being denied entry even with higher scores than those of minorities. Sixteen of one hundred entry positions had been set aside for minorities, nearly all blacks and Hispanics. Bakke applied twice to the U.C. Davis Medical School. On each occasion, his grades and test scores were much higher than those of minorities who were admitted. When he was refused a second time, he sued, claiming denial of the equal protection clause of the fourteenth amendment.(Lynch 13) Clearly reverse...
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