The Affirmative Action Debate

Written by Peter Kennedy

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However, in 1896,repparttar Plessy v. Ferguson Supreme Court Case justified segregation, declaring that African Americans could be “separate but equal,” spurringrepparttar 148637 rise of prejudicial and racist Jim Crow laws. The consequential 1954 Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education overturned Plessy v. Ferguson and helped to undermine segregation, eventually dismantlingrepparttar 148638 largely segregated U.S. society.

Affirmative action was conceived to provide equal advantages to all peoples, and to address past governmental injustices by providing support for groups that have been historically discriminated against. Many people would argue that it is our government’s prime responsibility to correct inequities and to create a more just society.

Nevertheless, many takerepparttar 148639 view that affirmative action is more of a patch than a cure-all. Opponents of affirmative action argue that affirmative action sharesrepparttar 148640 same purpose asrepparttar 148641 concept of slavery reparations: it punishesrepparttar 148642 majority forrepparttar 148643 misdeeds of earlier generations. Further, while affirmative action may seem to make society more egalitarian, its critics argue thatrepparttar 148644 policies are anti-meritocratic and are, actually, a manifestation of “reverse-racism.”

The affirmative action debate lends itself to some important questions: Doesrepparttar 148645 government have a responsibility to correct social inequities? Does affirmative action accomplish its objective of creating a more just society, or is it simply “reverse-racism”?

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Ohio Mosque Promotes Murder

Written by David Ben-Ariel

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So I know, firsthand, how many people can profess that their religion is "peaceful" to a naive Western audience and whistle a totally different tune to their own masses.

I've also lived in predominately Arab East Jerusalem, just outsiderepparttar Damascus Gate, working for my great American-Israeli Jewish manager under our millionnaire Muslim boss (who was exceptionally gracious). I know from a grassroots level what a farcerepparttar 148636 lying "peace" process is, and how such a false peace is based upon lies and delusions and is destined to crash and burn. All this is not popular to say, nevertheless it isrepparttar 148637 plain truth.

Time will surely reveal that peace is possible between Israel and Ishmael, Christians, Jews and Muslims - asrepparttar 148638 Jerusalem-based Root & Branch Islam-Israel Fellowship proves - but it must be based uponrepparttar 148639 Bible and reality, not upon lying visions of false prophets pushing an empty peace.

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