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BA340 Level the Playing Field

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Affirmative action is a policy developed during the Civil Rights Movement in response to the
discriminatory treatment of African American citizens in American society. The policy favors
these citizens in certain situations in order to circumvent the discrimination they would normally
receive. In order to understand why the playing field had to be level in society it is first important
to understand that African Americans came to America as slaves forced to work long hours and
many face cruel treatment and suffered extreme abuses. American citizens in the South fought a
long battle to try to continue to be allowed to own slaves but through Lincoln and abolitionist
slavery was eventually outlawed.
Despite outlawing slavery and placing many laws in society to ensure African Americans be
treated as equal citizens this was not the case in most areas in America especially the South. All
attempts by the government to ensure the equal treatment of the African American were met with
barriers. Businesses in society refused to hire African Americans over a white American even if
they had equal qualifications. As a result African Americans could not be elevated in society and
were instead oppressed. This oppression led to the Civil Rights Movement and great change in
American society.
Affirmative Action was a part of the government’s response to the anger of African
Americans at their unfair and discriminatory treatment. The Civil Rights movement opened the
eyes of the nation and the world to the treatment of the African American and the woman in
American society by the white male. In order to ensure African Americans and women had equal
opportunity in the business world; affirmative action was put into law. President Kennedy
developed the executive order that would eventually become Affirmative Action.

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Level the Playing Field Name Date Class Professor Level the Playing Field Affirmative action is a policy developed during the Civil Rights Movement in response to the discriminatory treatment of African American citizens in American society. The policy favors these citizens in certain situations in order to circumvent the discrimination they would normally receive. In order to understand why the playing field had to be level in society it is first important to understand that African Americans came to America as slaves forced to work long hours and many face cruel treatment and suffered extreme abuses. American citizens in the South fought a long battle to try to continue to be allowed to own slaves but through Lincoln and abolitionist slavery was eventually outlawed. Despite outlawing slavery and placing many laws in society to ensure African Americans be treated as equal citizens this was not the case in most areas in America especially the South. All attempts by the government to ensure the equal treatment of the African American were met with barriers. Businesses in society refused to hire African Americans over a white American even if they had equal qualifications. As a result African Americans could not be elevated in society and were instead oppressed. This oppression led to the Civil Rights Movement and great change in American society. Affirmative Action was a part of the government's response to the anger of African Americans at ...
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