November 14th, 2010 9:14 am MT
Salt Lake City Political Buzz Examiner
Once again, conservative members of the Utah Legislature are considering a constitutional amendment prohibiting affirmative action. The legislation is backed by the American Civil Rights Institute, a national organization fighting affirmative action in at least five other states. Senator Margaret Dayton-R, Orem is expected to sponsor the proposed amendment. Similar legislation narrowly missed passage during the last legislative session.
Affirmative action was a term first coined by the Kennedy administration, and it evolved into a program to stop discrimination based on gender, race, religion, physical disability or ethnicity. Affirmative action created opportunities for the recruitment, training and advancement of people who have been discriminated against in the past. In our recent history, it was virtually impossible for these groups to make headway in business, education, and many other aspects of life without an enforceable law stating it was illegal to discriminate. Some believe this has worked in reverse, making Caucasians and men targets of discrimination.
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