Criminal Justice Essays

991 Words Apr 27th, 2015 4 Pages
Jermaine R. McCrossin
Intro to Criminal Justice
Professor Odem

Should Affirmative Action be used to eliminate injustice?

I believe that Affirmative Action can be used to eliminate injustices; it all depends on how it’s used. First to speak about Affirmative Action I’d like to explain what it is, how it came about, what it’s like in other parts of the world, and how “Affirmative Action” is viewed today in society. Lastly, I’d like to explain my point of view and how I came to it. Affirmative Action refers to policies that take factors including race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin into consideration in order to benefit an underrepresented group in areas of employment, education, and
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So in just a short time since its creation “Affirmative Action” was attempting to make sure that everyone had their shot at the American Dream, regardless of the Strain theory. Most recently, In 2003, a Supreme Court decision (Gratz v. Bollinger, 539 US 244 – Supreme Court 2003) concerning affirmative action in universities allowed educational institutions to consider race as a factor in admitting students, but ruled that strict point systems are unconstitutional. Alternatively, some colleges use financial criteria to attract racial groups that have typically been under represented and typically have lower living conditions. Some states such as California, Michigan, and Washington have passed constitutional amendments banning affirmative action within their respective states. Conservative activists have alleged that colleges quietly use illegal quotas and have launched numerous lawsuits to stop them. Quotas are not legal in the United States when it comes to “Affirmative Action”, no employer, university, or other entity may create a set number required for each race. I believe that if there were this would be unjust to all people. People should earn their place and not just be given it due to their race, religion, gender, or sexual preference.
Interestingly enough other countries have started to attempt their own “Affirmative Actions” and were known as Reservation in India, Positive Discrimination in the United Kingdom, and Employment Equity in Canada. In some

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