ERIC Number: ED163150
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Rights to What? A Brief Look at "Affirmative Discrimination."
Lovin, Robin W.
The movement to undo the damage of American racism and to establish the conditions for genuine racial equality has lost its momentum, both in the academic community and in the Congress. The prevailing academic caution with regard to busing and affirmative action is best articulated by Nathan Glazer in his book "Affirmative Discrimination," which details the problems inherent in equal opportunity programs. His argument centers around the idea that quotas, racial percentages, and group rights not only discriminate against the individual, but are also un-American. Although the rights of individuals are important, individualism alone cannot provide the basis for institutional changes necessary to eradicate the effects of past discrimination and set the stage for genuine equality in the future. To end discrimination, we need women and minorities in positions of power, competence and control, not because these positions represent opportunities for individuals, but because this is the best way to ensure that institutions will meet the broadest human needs. Action goals, combined with affirmative action programs, are essential to the creation of a just society, in which opportunity means more than free admission to a competitive rat race and equality implies a fundamental respect for humanity. (Author/WI)
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, Civil Rights, Equal Education, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Federal Legislation, Females, Individualism, Minority Groups, Racial Discrimination, Sex Discrimination, Social Change
Community Change, Inc., P.O. Box 146, Reading, MA 01867
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Community Change, Inc., Reading, MA.