Friday, November 5, 2010

Is Affirmative Action Still So Necessary?

The Atlanta Post
November 03, 2010 07:22 AM

By Brittany Hutson

The topic of affirmative action has become somewhat taboo. Opponents argue that instead of moving past discussions of inequality and race, affirmative action in fact encourages discrimination in an era –depending on who you ask—that is deemed post-racial. But if you ask Shirley J. Wilcher, affirmative action is just as needed today as it was when President John Kennedy signed the policy into effect in 1961.
Wilcher, director of the American Association for Affirmative Action, a professional organization based in Washington, D.C. with 1,000 members, said in a recent interview with America’s Wire, a proponent of the Maynard Media Center of Structural Racism, that “there have been attacks on affirmative action so much that people are even afraid to use the term anymore.”

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