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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

in the affirmative

in the form of an answer that means yes. The soldier answered in the affirmative by nodding his head "yes." My manager's response was in the affirmative.
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Overall, Yuill is quite effective in tracking some of the changes in affirmative action through the Nixon presidency.
The economist Thomas Sowell's name appears in Anderson's book only twice, and in each case the reference is a fleeting one containing nary a word about Sowell's prodigious studies of the real consequences of affirmative action policies in the U.
Wise covers some of the same territory, and also deals forcefully with the issue of affirmative action for whites in his book Affirmative Action: Racial Preference in Black and White (Routledge, January 2005).
Finally, even though the affirmative action program was not limited in duration, Justice O'Connor implied a 25 year termination point, noting it was unlikely the program would be needed in the distant future.
If Owens does truly "favor aggressive affirmative action," perhaps he's talked the legislators out of filing the bills.
The basic premise of affirmative action is that, given the long-standing and deeply-rooted cultural stigma attached to factors such as dark skin color, racial minorities and others will continue to suffer social exclusion without concerted, conscious, and deliberate efforts to incorporate them into public life.
filed a friend-of- the-court brief in the case supporting affirmative action, said spokesman Bryant Haskins.
Lawyers representing the university argue that diversity is an important part of education, and that affirmative action helps to achieve this goal.
And in the recent debates over affirmative action, Connerly writes that although he appreciated applause from the conservatives for his rhetoric in favor of colorblindness, "I was also aware that if I had been saying the same things before the same audiences thirty-five years earlier, I would have gotten a far different reception.
Sponsors of the event expected to publish a book of conference papers that would include a ringing endorsement of Affirmative Action.
The shift comes in the wake of Proposition 209, the ballot initiative that ended affirmative action in California.
Affirmative means "yes" and action means "to do," so we are talking about procedures which are implemented by government to say "yes" to some kind of "doing.
The bills differed, however, concerning affirmative action provisions in the operation of the facility.
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