Equality Transformed: A Quarter-Century of Affirmative Action

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Transaction Publishers, 1990 - 320 halaman

A quarter-century after the enactment of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, its legacy remains controversial. The statutory language intended to ensure equal opportunity to all individuals is now interpreted as authorizing both public and private employers to adopt preferential policies that benefit designated groups based on race and gender. Much the same transformation has occurred in federal contract programs: President Kennedy's executive order that required equal employment opportunity is now understood as mandating minority hiring with numerical goals tantamount to quotas.

Herman Belz's "Equality Transformed: A Quarter-Century of Affirmative Action "traces this transformation of equality and how it was brought about by courts, regulatory agencies, and activists. The early champions of civil rights sought to eradicate impediments to advancement for the downtrodden; the ultimate aim was to create a truly colorblind society. Over the years, this goal, while still professed, became even more elusive. Preferences, goals, and timetables - "temporary" means for the attainment of a nondiscriminatory society - seemed to undermine that noble quest.

"Equality Transformed "provides a textured history of affirmative action and its effects upon race relations and our democratic, egalitarian ideals. In recent years, under the impetus of the Reagan Justice Department, the Supreme Court has backed away, however hesitantly, from its earlier sympathy towards race-conscious remedies and preferential treatment. Belz's analysis of recent Supreme Court cases and their antecedents allows us to better understand both the tensions in our society and the fury that the Court has triggered with its recent civil rights pronouncements.

Belz makes a strong case for hewing to a forward-looking rather than a backward-looking approach to eradicating discrimination. Anyone interested in the history, law, theory, or morality of affirmative action in employment will find "Equality Transformed "invaluable.


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From Equal Employment Opportunity to Affirmative Action 1961 to 1969
The Law of Employment Discrimination 1965 to 1975
The Title VII Amendments of 1972 and the Nixon Administration EEOC
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance and Affirmative Action in the 1970s
Affirmative Action and the War Against Testing
The Supreme Court and Affirmative Action 1977 to 1982
The Supreme Court and Affirmative Action Weber and Fullilove
The Reagan Administration and Affirmative Action
The Supreme Court and Affirmative Action in the 1980s
The Affirmative Action Debate and the Future of American Equality
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