spikesgirl58 (spikesgirl58) wrote in mfu_canteen,

I am Woman. Hear me Roar

Affirmative action (known as positive discrimination in the United Kingdom and as employment equity in Canada and elsewhere) refers to policies that take factors including "race, color, religion, sex, or national origin"[1] into consideration in order to benefit an underrepresented group "in areas of employment, education, and business".[2] The concept of affirmative action was introduced in the early 1960s as a way to combat racial discrimination in the hiring process, and in 1967, the concept was expanded to include gender.
The nature of affirmative action policies varies from region to region. Some countries, such as India, use a quota system, whereby a certain percentage of jobs or school vacancies must be set aside for members of a race, caste or other protected group. In some other regions, specific quotas do not exist; instead, members of minorities are given preference in selection processes. Often, university scholarships are earmarked for members of a specific minority.

There is talk about appealing Affirmative action here in the U.S.  Do you think this is a good thing or are certain members of our government starting to quietly slip rights away from us in an effort to return to ‘the good old days’ of the ‘50’s when white males had all the rights. Do you believe that affirmative action is still needed for us (non-white males) to have a voice? 

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