WHEREAS, ―Affirmative Action is defined as steps taken in the areas of employment, education and public procurement practices to overcome the current effects of past discrimination; and
WHEREAS, the present effects of past discrimination are evidenced by:
- Overt policies which deny participation based on an individual's membership in a protected class;
- A member of a ―protected class‖ is defined as an individual within an employment, education and public procurement practices; and
WHEREAS, the NAACP has consistently supported Affirmative Action programs and opposed attacks on Affirmative Action, including resolutions in 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, and 2005.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the NAACP reiterates and reaffirms its continuing support for Affirmative Action as there is a clear and continuing need for Affirmative Action programs, and opposes any efforts to roll back or otherwise weaken existing Affirmative Action programs.