10 October, 2011
Affirmative Action, founded in 1961 by president John F. Kennedy, brought with it a lot of opportunity for all races and genders in the work place. Black men and women were now getting jobs more often and white men weren’t just the ones getting jobs anymore. Not everyone agreed with affirmative action however, in fact people today still argue over the topic of affirmative action. “The Injustice of Affirmative Action,” by Lisa H. Newton which explains the idea of reverse discrimination and how affirmative action has somehow backfired against us. The second article is “A Reply To Critics on Affirmative Action,” by Gertrude Ezorsky. This article is about the nature of affirmative action and how it has been referred to as the “simple justice”. The third article is titled “The Justice of Affirmative Action,” by Ronald Dworkin. This essay is explains the start of affirmative action, how it has been a blessing for all those of different race, gender, and ethnicity in the work place and also in the community itself from the start. The fourth and final article reviewed is “Affirmative Racism,” by Charles Murray. Murray in this article talks about an argument himself and a colleague got into on the topic of affirmative action. Murray condones his feelings about the negatives that affirmative action has had on the social standings in the work place but with this he brings up very interesting points about inequalities and how he believes we should deal with them. Newton seems to bring up the best argument in her article for both sides of affirmative action. Not only does she show both sides but she really goes in depth with the issue and believes in her writing.
To begin, Newton will be first with her essay “The Injustice of Affirmative Action.” In this article, Newton refers to the issue of discrimination in the work place and other areas like voting rights. Also Newton refers to...