Understanding Public Perceptions of Affirmative Action

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With the very recent reelection of the United States first African American President and the Supreme Court reviewing the status of affirmative action this is an ideal time to reconsider the political posture that race and correctly or incorrectly its legal correlation affirmative action hold with the public Depending on who is asked race is culture ethnicity nationality pride or a card Similarly affirmative action has been viewed as a cure a disease a Bandaid a crutch a future or a dead end Appropriate or not race dominated the medias discourse during both of President Obamas elections Until Americans find commonality of cause with the countrys original sin redemption can neither be sought nor achieved Each factions assaults upon the other assure a continued static state Within this article we seek to make sense out of these varied public understandings and suggest methods for moving forward toward a more common goal

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