Affirmative Action is perhaps best appreciated from the perspective of
considering the impact it will have over time. Eventually, equal
opportunity will transition from that which requires some degree of
enforcement to that which is internalized as a guiding principle for all
Affirmative Action is founded both in noble principle and as a pragmatic
adaptation to facilitate our non-retractable commitment to equality. It
aims less at the present and more toward a greatness to follow.
Racism in the vocational and educational arenas can be very subtle and often, may not
even be intentional- this is well-known. Affirmative Action recognizes the roots of racism
run deep and are often unseen. Affirmative Action seeks to address the nebulous and
elusive characteristics of 'institutionalized racism'- aspiring to assure that all persons have
the opportunity to participate in all aspects of culture.
Now and Beyond
The ultimate effectiveness of Affirmative Action lies in the willingness
by all to take a conscious 'leap of faith'. Regardless of era to the
past, present or future- there will be those to whom social conditions
treat the least favorably. In the present, it may well be those
representative of a specific race, but tomorrow it be those
representative of an entirely different set of distinctions.
Affirmative Action is a manifestation of adaptation to powerful and otherwise volatile and
unrefined forces and existed in lesser form long before title was given to application.
Affirmative Action will continue to exist in meaningful form for as long as reasonable
humans strive for a universal justice... elusive, dynamic, and in constant flux. It is one of
the greatest legislative acts ever conceived
Once a nation endeavors to reconcile oppressive practices of recent-past, it
is always desirable to correct the injustice with measures believed to
originate from one's own perceived enlightenment in an effort to create
distance between greater oppressors and the opportunity to be perceived
by the oppressed as committed to the cause of all...
make the corrections voluntarily. “We will fix the problem" would be the
sentiment among societies power brokers "There is no need for protest,
demonstration, or legislation"
A similar sentiment was likely present during demonstrations led by Rev
King preceding Civil Rights legislation.
There is perhaps a sub-conscious mechanism influencing those in the
'majority'. It is the sense that most would feel better about things if left to
Affirmative Action invites the individual to perceive self as the
ultimate benefactor of both application and 'spirit'. Oppressed
people become non-oppressed people if only allowed to advance
that first step.
The players may change roles but the spirit of Affirmative Action
has always been, and will forever be, fully relevant to both the present and the future.
affirmative action No Need
We will fix the problem
Affirmative Action seeks to address the nebulous and
elusive characteristics of institutionalized racism aspiring to assure that all persons have
the opportunity to participate in all aspects of culture