The Affirmative Action Debate

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The Affirmative Action Debate collects the leading voices on all sides of this crucial dialogue. A provocative range of politicians, researchers, legal experts, and businesspeople dispute the best way to fight discrimination. Their essays explore such questions as, How did affirmative-action policies come to be? Who benefits most from them, and who suffers? How do these programs work in hiring, contracting, college admissions, and other fields? What will recent Supreme Court rulings and legislative initiatives ...

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Overview

The Affirmative Action Debate collects the leading voices on all sides of this crucial dialogue. A provocative range of politicians, researchers, legal experts, and businesspeople dispute the best way to fight discrimination. Their essays explore such questions as, How did affirmative-action policies come to be? Who benefits most from them, and who suffers? How do these programs work in hiring, contracting, college admissions, and other fields? What will recent Supreme Court rulings and legislative initiatives mean? And, most fundamentally, does any race-conscious remedy simply perpetuate discrimination? Recognizing affirmative action as more than a black-and-white issue, this book includes the voices of women, Latinos, and Asian-Americans who are also affected but often ignored. A sourcebook of solid facts and surprising arguments, The Affirmative Action Debate is the one book you need to understand and discuss the nation’s sharpest political divide.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780201479638
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/1996
  • Pages: 384
  • Lexile: 1400L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

George E. Curry is the editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine, based in Washington, D.C. He is a regular panelist on “Lead Story,” the BET network’s news-analysis program, and has been New York bureau chief and Washington correspondent for the Chicago Tribune.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Staying on the Path to Racial Equality 3
To Fulfill These Rights 16
A Personal Footnote in History 25
Affirmative Action in Context 31
Affirmative Action in the Workplace 39
Performing Without a Net 49
Diversity in Corporate America 65
Who Has Benefited from Affirmative Action in Employment? 77
The Business of Affirmative Action 99
Personal Responsibility 111
Why America Needs Set-Aside Programs 121
An Experiment Gone Awry 130
Standing in the Right Place 137
Race and the Supreme Court's 1994-95 Term 146
The Supreme Court Ruled Correctly in Adarand 157
The Minority-Majority Society 167
Why Women Need Affirmative Action 175
Invisible Latinos: Excluded from Discussions of Inclusion 184
Beyond the Model Minority Myth 191
Sitting In for Diversity 210
The Color Line and the "Thin Blue Line" 217
Affirmative Action in the Army: Why It Works 227
Tracing the Politics of Affirmative Action 241
Mend It, Don't End It 258
The Meaning of American Equality 277
Race-Baiting and the 1996 Presidential Campaign 288
Affirmative Action: Why We Need It, Why It Is Under Attack 299
Promoting Racial Harmony 314
The Future of Affirmative Action 326
Bibliography 337
About the Editor 343
About the Contributors 345
Index 355
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