Affirmative action in our education system it an unjust practice that we can do without if we can learn to live in a color-blind society. Affirmative action was first established in 1961 in order to ensure that minorities could secure a job based on their race and nationality. By doing this, the government hoped to make up for past discriminations by giving minorities an equal chance in the world of employment. In later years, the Supreme Court decided to incorporate affirmative action in universities requiring them to pick a set amount of minorities to attend their school. This has caused many problems and harsh feelings of unfairness and thoughts of reverse discrimination ever sense.
Instead, it was intended only to rectify discrimination in hiring and academic admissions. When assessing the necessity of affirmative action, the question Americans should ask: Does affirmative action counteract the continuing inequality caused by discrimination? Studies shown that it does. And when affirmative action programs expands access to education and employment for individuals from underrepresented minority groups without substantially diminishing the opportunities of white applicants, the benefits far outweigh any harm.
(Blake) So depending on the situation, this type of affirmative action can be better than the current one. Therefore, affirmative action in college admissions focuses on the race of the students and not their credentials. Affirmative action is something that gives advantages for minorities, including women, for obtaining a better education or job. It’s a system that brings more diversity into America and there have been instances where there were problems with this type of system. On the other hand, there has been progress increasing s by having an idea of basing college applications on their class, instead of race; but for now this system will continue to remain and will only evolve into a new system that will eventually benefit most of the American population.
Through diversity, students would be understanding of each others culture and come to respect different views. The school?s program is also flexible enough to ensure that each applicant is evaluated as an individual and not in a way that makes race or ethnicity the defining feature of the application. The law school has also been found to have considered non-minorities with low grade point averages and therefore, Grutter cannot prove that she was rejected solely because of her race. Affirmative action is just because it helps correct the injustice done to specific groups. Through affirmative action, people of color, white women, and working class women and men of all races who were denied their right to equal opportunities are now able to enter institutions where they explore different aspects of learning and contribute to the society.
As the remedy to the inequality of minority group such as African American and Hispanic accessing to the same social opportunity with majority group, the Affirmative Act is presented and enacted by government. The idea is to keep the percentage of racial variety always balanced in many social opportunities. The two major opportunities that are directly affected by the Affirmative Act are the education and workplace. By forcing school and firm to save certain percentage of students or workers of minority group to access to school and firm, the affirmative Act really try to control the opportunity in education and job to vary social groups. However, the Affirmative Act requires the flexibility in planning and managing to how the minority group really will be rewarded with this privilege.
However, the question that is posed to many college and university leaders is: Does a culturally diverse student body improve the learning environment more than the best possible students would? In order to promote the most positive intellectual atmosphere for students at colleges and universities, rather then attempting to achieve a diverse campus, the best students should be admitted. School leaders in favor of affirmative action use racial diversity or economic reasons to support their stance. Many believe that by diversifying college and u... ... middle of paper ... ...treach programs should be strengthened to give minorities a better shot to compete for the available campus slots. However, something must be done to end the discrimination that is occurring in college admissions.
The main argument for affirmative action is that it creates equal opportunity for people in the work force and for students seeking admission into higher education. However, this is not a valid point. While affirmative action creates equal opportunity for some individuals, it discriminates against others, primarily white males. Therefore, affirmative action uses reverse discrimination to solve the problem of discrimination. Do two wrongs make a right?
So what is exactly the affirmative action? It is a practice of improving the educational and job opportunities of member of groups that have not been treated fairly in the past because of their race, sex, and nationality. Many people argue that there is no more discrimination in the United States of America, such as we have an African American president, all races have equal opportunity to attend college, attain a work and so on. However, no one can forget the past especially when every ethnic group has a history of suffering and now it can be seen statistically based on collegiate attendance and income levels basis. Nevertheless, the new president is only a small step forward in to the future because many women and minorities are still not considered equal in the society.
Affirmative Action and Racial Tension Affirmative action. What was its purpose in the first place, and do we really need it now? It began in an era when minorities were greatly under represented in universities and respectable professions. Unless one was racist, most agreed with the need of affirmative action in college admissions and in the workplace. Society needed an active law that enforced equality during a period when civil rights bills were only effective in ink.
It is meant to deal with both current and past discrimination (Schaefer 74). Supporters of affirmative action in college admissions hoped that it would promote diversity in colleges. Most people would acknowledge that diversity in colleges is desirable. Some expressed doubt that minorities could perform at the same level as other students, but studies show that children of alumni, who are most often white, are more likely than minority students to have academic trouble (Schaefer 77). Regardless of positive impact diversity has, it will continue to be challenged.