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Opponents say affirmative action is just reverse racism, but if we accept that ■society's playing field is not level, what's an acceptable compromise?
Is Affirmative Action Still Needed?
Publication Date:
8/12/2009
Pages:
0
Session(s)
1
Product Type:
Internet Download
Adult Study, Adult Study
Product Number:
TC0362

Affirmative action began in the 1960s as the civil rights movement brought about government action to end discrimination. It is defined by the set of public policies and initiatives implemented largely by the federal government to address disparities and eliminate the effects of past discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. This seems like a good idea--but has it worked? Or is just another form of discrimination born of the "soft prejudice of low expectations" and the assumption that "they" need an artificial edge to compete? From the kitchen table to the Supreme Court, the issue remains a polarizing one within and among ethnicities.

In this study participants will discuss and judge the purpose, necessity, irrelevance, and benefits of affirmative action. Participants will further determine if the intended goals of affirmative action have been reached.

Michelle Hwang is Director of Christian Education at Second Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, Maryland.


Teresa Chavez Sauceda is the former Associate for Racial Justice and Advocacy for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She writes and teaches on issues in U.S. Latina/o theology, racial justice, and cultural proficiency.


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