Affirmative Action Procedures Are in Place
Both in the private and public sector, these policies look to level disadvantages. Data has shown the effectiveness of these programs.
Dec 4, 2020
The United States has an affirmative action policy that must be upheld by all contractors and sub-contractors working on behalf of the federal government.
It says that, "affirmative action must be taken by covered employers to recruit and advance qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. Affirmative actions include training programs, outreach efforts, and other positive steps."
Other types of affirmative action—both at schools and in private workplaces—work to mitigate the marginalization of people of color, disabled people, and LGBTQ+ people.
Affirmative action began under President John F. Kennedy in the 1960s. The idea was that fighting against discrimination was not enough; the government had to actively do something to create a more equal world.
Since Kennedy's time, the term has evolved and changed significantly. In the beginning, the task force created by Kennedy was simply charged with the motto: “Don’t just stand there. Do something," according to an article in the New Yorker.
In the intervening decades, affirmative action policies have often become more concrete. In 1978, the Supreme Court ruled that quotas for marginalized groups in schools or workplaces were unconstitutional. Rather, today, many companies instead have proactive policies intended to hire staff who are both diverse and qualified.
John agrees with this fact based on:
I trust the validity of the federal documents in place that created affirmative action. Those policies are ongoing as evidenced by recent Supreme Court cases and trusted media sources such as the New Yorker.
US Department of Labor, Affirmative Action,
The Changing Meaning of Affirmative Action
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