Affirmative action is a plan made to end discrimination by guaranteeing minorities will be hired. The United States uses this practice to hire, but the qualifications of such people are occasionally overlooked. Many people believe that affirmative action is a very effective plan. The other people who oppose such action include people of various minorities, as well as many others who have been wronged by the plan. We live in a small town where there are very few minorities but in the big cities, it’s a very big deal.
In several cases, this plan causes minorities to be thought of as being under qualified when hired and it also causes a new minority, the white male. Our ...view middle of the document...
People of any race or gender should be able to hold a job where their colleagues respect them as their peers, not as "affirmative-action hires". It seems that minorities are accepted to a certain extent, until they become someone's boss or superior.
Affirmative action insists that the employer must avoid the kind of unnecessary escalation of criteria for selection and promotion which has sometimes been used to keep certain classes of people from entering the mainstream of our economic life. This aspect of the plan creates more openings for minorities; however, it also suggests that the standards should be maintained at a low to guarantee these openings.
In my opinion, if the standards for any position are raised, the productivity and accuracy of the United States will rise. Roy Wilkins, a former Executive Director of the NAACP, stated to the congress: Our association has never been in favor of a quota system. We believe the quota system is unfair whether it is used for or against blacks...We feel people ought to be hired because of their ability, irrespective of their color...We want equality, equality of opportunity and employment on the basis of ability.