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Affirmative Action

The removal of artificial barriers to the employment of women and disadvantaged minorities, or admission of same to highly selective institutions of higher learning.

affirmative action

Social medicine The removal of artificial barriers to the employment of ♀ and disadvantaged minorities, or admission of same to highly selective institutions of higher learning; AA refers to any effort to recruit and hire members of previously disadvantaged groups, as a means of erasing past inequities. See Bakke v Regents of the University of California, Reverse discrimination; Cf Glass ceiling.
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construed by state courts to permit race-based affirmative action for
to readopt affirmative action for the remedial purpose of complying with
In sum, the qualitative literature shows how whites rationalise opposition to affirmative action while at the same time denying that they are prejudiced or racist.
In contrast to the literature on white attitudes to affirmative action, there is a relative paucity of research on black attitudes.
The empirical evidence is clear that most blacks got themselves out of poverty in the decades preceding the civil rights revolution of the 1960S and the beginning of affirmative action in the 1970s," Sowell writes.
Sowell's new book offers much more to chew on than Anderson's, primarily by refusing to confine his account of affirmative action policy to the United States.
I entered New York University (NYU) before there was no such a thing as affirmative action.
A Black and White Case: How Affirmative Action Survived Its Greatest Legal Challenge by Greg Stohr, Bloomberg Press September 2004, $26.
Grutter might be perceived by some as the conclusion to a contentious debate and clear authority to adopt affirmative action policies in all sectors of public higher education.
The Defendants appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and in May 2002, the Sixth Circuit ruled for the Defendants concluding that the affirmative action program was not prohibited by the Equal Protection Clause and Title VI (Grutter v.
He said Owens' record as a legislator and state official has in the past "made it quite clear he does oppose affirmative action.
Because the term affirmative action is used to describe a wide range of practices, it is possible for the courts to rule against a specific policy or approach without condemning or forbidding the entire affirmative action enterprise.