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affirmative action

A policy that promotes the recruitment or advancement of minority groups (as relates to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or people with disabilities) so as to create a more diverse environment, especially as a means to counter discrimination against those minorities. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. While some people view affirmative action as an unfair hiring method, the company stands by it as a useful means of promoting diversity.
See also: action, affirmative
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Yuill points out how Nixon was able to shape the future of affirmative action by changing (through expansion) the black-white racial paradigm that framed civil rights politics.
Abigail Thernstrom, a senior scholar at the Manhattan Institute, says Obama's election increases the likelihood that race-conscious affirmative action and racialist practices, such as ethnic group graduation ceremonies and ethnic-themed dormitories, will be eliminated.
Anderson's book is useful if you need a blow-by-blow account of congressional legislation, presidential directives, or Supreme Court decisions about affirmative action during the last 60 years.
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A second study looked at how responses to affirmative action differed when outcomes were framed in terms of how they affected whites versus blacks.
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But the purpose of affirmative action is to remove fetters on equality of opportunity by attacking existing patterns of inequality that originate from current discrimination and the cumulative results of past exclusion and discrimination.
Associate Justice Clarence Thomas was among the four dissenters opposing affirmative action.
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