Last week I wrote about the difficult issue of reparations. It’s an issue that has dogged this nation since Reconstruction failed to restore and unify the nation after the division of the Civil War.
Many have asserted that in its own style, affirmative action has been the primary kind of reparations for slavery and Jim Crow in this nation. They would also argue alternately that in the 50 years since the passage of the Civil Rights Act, the legislation has both served its purpose and been a colossal failure. They claim that affirmative action is merely a technique to implement identity politics which unfairly award an unearned benefit to some, while taking away opportunities from those who are far better qualified.
There are many who swear that they’ve been denied possibilities, access to higher education, or access to task alternatives but for the fact that “theyre not” part of a protected minority class and that this is inherently unjust. Consequently, they have grown bitter and resentful at all efforts to correct and mend the centuries-long imbalance in education, absence of access to loans and capital, and inability to achieve prosperity that has continued to plague many minority citizens.
Affirmative action has become a divisive and frustrating issue, but is impossible to that it has no valid purpose or positive impact today?
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