Skip to main content

Affirmative Action

About Affirmative Action

Affirmative action protester photograph

 

Affirmative action refers to policies and practices intended to provide members of historically underrepresented groups, such as women and ethnic minorities, greater opportunities in several areas of life, particularly education, employment, and housing. These policies act as a response to systemic discrimination experienced by these groups. Furthermore, advocates of affirmative action contend that these policies are necessary to rectify past injustices, such as the enslavement of African Americans and the displacement of Native Americans, as well as address social inequalities. (Opposing Viewpoints)

Narrow the Topic

  • Can the Supreme Court end affirmative action?
  • Does affirmative action promote equality in the workplace or in education?
  • Should a company hire you based on your qualifications or based on affirmative action policy?
  • What is the future of affirmative action?
  • Discuss the Supreme Court and reverse discrimination.
  • How can socio-economic affirmative action be achieved?
  • Is affirmative action reverse discrimination?
  • How long should affirmative action laws be in effect?