Affirmative action is controversial, with zealous partisans staking out both pro and con positions. In its simplest terms, affirmative action involves steps taken by the government to increase the representation of women and ethnic and racial minorities in business and education. Its supporters and opponents have been arguing since 1972 or earlier; the debate has shifted but shows no sign of subsiding.
Pros: Arguments for affirmative action
Cons: Arguments against affirmative action
Supporters and opponents likely will never agree on this issue. One way out of the impasse is to continue to increase efforts to provide every child with opportunities to succeed. When the United States nurtures the abilities of every citizen equally, the debate on affirmative action will be a fading memory.