What is affirmative action? Affirmative action is an action or policy favoring those who tend to suffer from discrimination, esp. in relation to employment or education; positive discrimination. In the 1940s: President Roosevelt signed an order making discrimination illegal in defense contracting. 1954: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education that "separate but equal" facilities on the basis of race were unconstitutionally discriminatory. The Act of 1964: Congress passed the Civil Rights Act prohibiting discrimination based on race, sex, national origin and religion in employment and education. 1965: President Lyndon Johnson signed an executive order requiring federal contractors to undertake affirmative action to increase the number of minorities they employ. 1974: President Nixon declared that affirmative action programs should also include women (http://isis.fastmail.usf.edu/eoa/affirmative_intro.asp). The affirmative action time line goes on and on, however, affirmative action does not fix past racial issues, it leaves issues unfixed causing a present effect on past discrimination. The question asked today is, is affirmative action still necessary today in the United States of America.
The question is “Is affirmative action still necessary in the United States today?” Simply, the answer to the question is yes. Affirmative action is definitely still necessary in the United States. Here in the United States we are still dealing with Supreme Court issues on affirmative action. Affirmative action laws that still exist in the United States were broken by college admissions, women are still facing injustice because of their sex, and there are still laws broken and violated in the workforce. The purpose of this research is to show you why affirmative action is still a necessary here in the US, in the present time. I believe affirmative action does not fix past racial issues, it leaves issues unfixed causing a present effect on
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