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Opposing Viewpoint (Part One): Is GRCC justified in its plan to raise faculty and staff minority levels? — Yes

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Racism still exists. According to a survey conducted by CNN, 43 percent of whites and 48 percent of blacks said they know somebody who they consider a racist.

The concept of “Affirmative Action” began in Executive Order 10925 signed by President John F. Kennedy calling for government contractors to “not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, creed, color, or national origin” as well as “take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed, and that employees are treated during employment, without regard to their race, creed, color, or national origin.”

In a study conducted by the University of Illinois, people with “black sounding names” such as Lakisha and Jamal are 50 percent more likely not to even get a call for an interview when applying for a job versus “white sounding names” like Emily and Brendan.

According to a poll conducted by Gallup, 56 percent of American adults still feel there is widespread racism against black Americans. 39 percent of Americans also feel that discrimination against blacks is a major factor in black education levels.

“When you look at the current pay rates, it is evident that the glass ceiling still needs to break,” says Women’s Issues Now President Danielle Harrison.

Why would any person wish to stand against not just cracking the glass ceiling but sending more and more cracks to ultimately break the ceiling to pieces and sweeping the pieces to the trash along with sexism.

Affirmative Action does not create a favorable advantage with a result of reverse discrimination. It is merely forcing businesses and schools to do something they should be doing in the first place- not paying attention to race, gender, or anything else when considering somebody for a position but instead their qualifications. It allows for every person to be on a level playing field in giving everybody a chance to get their foot in the door.

Higher education is in place to formally educate people to achieve high results and excel in the workplace. Does it not then make sense for schools to actively outreach to minority students in hiring staff that not only they can relate to but also inspire them? Why would any person wish to stand against the inspiration of another student?

Standing against Affirmative Action is standing against progress. Progress not in the form of a radical social agenda, but instead progress in the form of beginning ridding this country of poverty and high crime rates.
I ask that you please join GRCC in their mission to permanently cast down a doctrine of “Separate but Equal” and instead progressing humanity to eradicate racism and sexism from even being a topic in modern debate.