week 5 post 3 436
Affirmation action is a situation where black individuals have favoritism over white people. For example, both white and black Americans had huge support to elect a mixed-race leader, President Barrack Obama, in 2008, and he was reelected in 2012 (Neville, Gallardo, & Sue, 2016). Under the administrative duration of President Obama, he advocated for social justice and equal opportunities in education and health care services.
President Obama introduced the Affordable Care Act to solve health inequality in the United States. Affordable Care Act ensures that the black community has access to quality health services reducing mortality cases. In addition, black people purchase low-cost health insurance policies making it affordable for them as the majority have been financially challenged (Neville et al., 2016). Therefore, Black individuals have access to quality health care services at a lower cost than their white counterparts to promote health equity in the American community.
The black community is vocal against police brutality cases through the Black Lives Matter movement. The Black Lives Matter movement ensures that police officers who engage in unethical behaviors towards black individuals face disciplinary action to avoid illegal killing and unfair physical abuse towards the minority communities (Neville et al., 2016). Therefore, black individuals do not face discrimination from police officers.
Grusky, D., & Kricheli-Katz, T. (2012). The new gilded age: The critical inequality debates of our time. Stanford University Press: California.
Neville, H., Gallardo, M., & Sue, D. (2016). Introduction: Has the United States really moved beyond race? The Myth of Racial Color Blindness: Manifestations, Dynamics, and Impact., 3-21. doi: 10.1037/14754-001
Equality and equal treatment is a universally accepted inherent right of every human being irrespective of race, color, religion etc. Non-discrimination is also a paramount and fundamental concept and right. In this understanding, any laws or policies that are created for the purpose of ensuring increased opportunities at whatever sector for people or parts of a society that are underrepresented is welcome for me. In the American history for example, laws were in the past passed to protect people of color from different and harmful treatment. Also in cases where women interests are less represented, governments and business entities have put the two-third gender rule to increase the opportunities available for women in certain positions (Appiah, 2015). Affirmative action becomes a way of narrowing the impacts of marginalization on minorities and promoting equality.
Affirmative action is demonstrated in work settings hat have diversity officers whose duties are to ensure that the process of hiring and promotion of officers is not merely done in absolute disinterest to color but also that efforts of good faith are employed in ensuring that racial minorities or other types of minorities in terms of gender et cetera, are part of those in the hiring pool and if they merit, that they are recruited. It does not have to be preferential treatment but rather an evidence of efforts to ensure that the minorities’ interests are considered given their disadvantaged position.
Appiah, E. M. (2015). Affirmative action, gender equality, and increased participation for women, which way for Ghana?. Statute Law Review, 36(3), 270-279.