Affirmative Action 2
Affirmative Action: It is Time for More Action
According to a 1997 Gallup Poll whites believe that affirmative action has worked much better than it has. 79% of whites believe that African Americans have equal chance of getting a job as whites; only 46% of African Americans agree. 44% of both groups believe whites are racist. Out of both groups polled 62% claim to hold little or no prejudices. These statistics show that there is a lot to be done in the way of educating the American people on affirmative action and equal rights in the workplace. Affirmative Action has failed in delivering equal rights in work place. (2007, Affirmative Action Setbacks)
Affirmative Action was originally created to generate more and better opportunities for minority workers. In response to the civil rights movements of the 50’s and 60’s President Kennedy issued Executive Order 10925. Later President Johnson issued executive orders that were much more extensive that required government contractors to act affirmatively to desegregate the formerly all-white, or all male, job categories in their workplaces. Later education also became part of the affirmative action programs. It is not a surprise that in the last 30 years little progress has been made, since it was primarily white male government and corporate officials who were the ones who put the programs into action. There is still a lot to be done to create a more level playing field for minorities and women. (Feagin, J., & O’Brien, E. 2004)
The table below shows that little improvement has been made in managerial and professional jobs for females, black, and Hispanics. In 13 years women’s employment...