Affirmative Action in the United States

Michael Werz and Julie Margetta Morgan analyze affirmative action policies in the United States in this piece posted on Heinrich Boll's website.

Diversity is the litmus test for a modern society. The degree to which ethnic and racial differences are embraced and seen as strength rather than weakness discloses the democratic substance in any given country. The United States has struggled with the issue of race and diversity since its earliest days. With the election of Barack Obama this conflict has not come to a close, but his unexpected electoral success is an indicator that in the United States, descent is not synonymous with destiny any more. Such advances are important tests for contemporary societies and their competitiveness in the 21st century. The capacity to recognize diversity as something positive and bring it to the forefront in education, politics, and business is a crucial asset for modern civilizations.

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Michael Werz

Senior Fellow

Julie Margetta Morgan

Director of Postsecondary Access and Success