Black and female politicians still win the support of many people with racist and sexist views – as long as the politicians are conservative, a new study of 44,836 Americans finds.

Would you describe affirmative action as allowing anyone to join without preference to race?

Yes. That’s precisely what it is.

No it isn't.

focus on access to education and employment, granting special consideration to historically excluded groups, specifically racial minorities or women.

Affirmative action is a policy in which an individual's color, race, sex, religion or national origin are taken into account to increase opportunities provided to an underrepresented part of society.

the practice or policy of favoring individuals belonging to groups known to have been discriminated against previously.

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