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Nancy Stein, CrossRoads

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Questions and Answers About Affirmative Action

Many of the gains won by the Civil Rights Movements of the 1960s were in danger of being overturned and affirmative action was rapidly becoming the most prominent target when an initiative in California to eliminate state-sponsored affirmative action programs made it on the 1996 ballot. The movement to roll back these programs was national in scope. A drumbeat of objections to affirmative action, loaded with misinformation and distortions, filled the mainstream media. These “Questions and Answers” were presented to counter misconceptions and shed light on the reality of affirmative action policies and their value for promoting equal opportunity for all.

affirmative action; discrimination in education; discrimination in employment; racial discrimination; sex discrimination

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 22, No. 3 (1995): 45-52

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