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At a time when quotas and preferences are under attack nationwide, Barbara Bergmann courageously show that without the help of affirmative action America will never be able to attain a truly race-blind and sex-blind society, for it is naive to imagine that the abolition of affirmative action will lead to a system based solely on ability. Women and minorities do in fact need assistance in cases where prejudice or habit leads to preference for white males in all openings. Free of the posturing that has so often degraded this debate, In Defense of Affirmative Action is a clarion call to maintain affirmative action as a just and indispensable solution to a chronic problem in American society.
Barbara Bergmann is an economist at American University and author of The Economic Emergence of Women, 1986.
* Thinking About Affirmative Action * Is Discrimination a Thing of the Past * How Exclusion Occurs * Goals: Splitting the Pie * Thinking about Fairness * Does Affirmative Action Hurt Its Intended Beneficiaries? * Opinions Pro and Con * Alternatives to Affirmative Action
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