ERIC Number: ED248283
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Affirmative Action to Open the Doors of Job Opportunity. A Policy of Fairness and Compassion That Has Worked.
Pinkston, Garland, Jr.
This is a history of the discriminatory practices that gave rise to affirmative action policies, of the way in which such policies evolved, and of the current law regarding affirmative action. It examines the application of Federal policy to institutions which provide employment and training opportunities, as well as implementation of affirmative action policy by the current administration. Statistical information and opinions of employers and others directly involved in the workings of the policy are included. In general, affirmative action is found to be "a policy marked by pragmatism and compassion," but criticisms are made against the Reagan Administration: the President is called upon to reexamine his position of opposition to affirmative action policies developed and implemented by his predecessors. His stance, it is argued, has had little influence on the courts, Congress, and most Federal agencies, but it has encouraged opposition and decreased the protections of law available to persons discriminated against. Chapters include: (1) History of Affirmative Action; (2) Goals, Ratios, and Quotas; (3) The Reagan Administration Record; (4) The Impact of Affirmative Action; and (5) The Debate over Affirmative Action. Final sections include findings, recommendations, footnotes, and an appendix (a questionnaire on affirmative action practices which was sent to private companies). (KH)
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, Educational Discrimination, Employment Practices, Equal Education, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Federal Government, Government Role, Minority Groups, Policy Formation, Political Attitudes, Public Policy, Racial Discrimination, Sex Discrimination
Citizens' Commission on Civil Rights, 620 Mighigan Avenue, N.E., Washington, DC 20064 ($10.00 for single copy; 2-9 copies, $7.00 per copy; 10 copies or more, $5.00 per copy; postage and handling included).
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.; Field Foundation, New York, NY.; Rockefeller Family Fund, Inc., New York, NY.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Citizens Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.