Affirmative action in the United States is a policy or a program intended to promote access to education, employment, or housing among certain designated groups (typically, minorities or women). The stated motivation for affirmative action policies is to redress the effects of past discrimination and to encourage public institutions such as universities, hospitals and police forces to be more representative of the population. It is commonly achieved through targeted recruitment programs, by preferential treatment given to applicants from designated groups, and in some cases through the use of quotas.
What do you think?
Does Affirmative Action address discrimination and promote equality?
Doesn't that equality imply that a lot of higher qualified people won't get the better jobs?
Is it fair to give a better job or an opportunity at the University to under-qualified invidividuals just on the basis of race, ethnicity or gender?