Now non-minority individuals who work hard to earn a spot in employment can easily be passed over simply because they are non-minority. While this does help... ... middle of paper ... ...al handicaps can we truly treat one another as equals. Hopefully we can all se these negative effects that affirmative action in education has caused on all people. Our systems can work well and possibly better without it. Many believe that without it we would feel a better sense of equality and individuality.
Opponents viewed preferences as reverse discrimination continuing racist habits under a disguise. Affirmative Action’s attempt to end racial imbalances in higher education that has burdened minorities creates an immoral and unfair solution: student being admitted to universities for which he or she is barely qualified. Research finds that students tend to be overwhelmed and move to easier majors after enrolling. “Some 40% of black students entering college, for example, say they expect to major in science or engineering. But when they get to schools where most of the other students are better prepared – with much higher SAT scores and more rigorous high school course work – the chance of failure is high” (Sanders 2).
This book was not written to encourage any derogatory slurs to any ethnic groups. Even though Jim, the colored friend of Huckleberry Finn, felt that every white person though of color people as less equal, his friendship with Huck should be an inspiration to everyone to overcome differences. America has become a country that has given every one of its citizens an awesome privilege to be equal. Along with this privilege to be equal, America citizens have the opportunity to learn and become educated. The schools that provide this education should had the right to teach people how this country has evolved into a great nation.
For instance, Kenji Yoshino in his essay “The New Civil Rights” discusses how covering offers a unique perspective on assimilation. The term covering, as he uses it, means “to tone down a disfavored identity to fit into the mainstream” (552). The authentic identity of an individual can suffer changes throughout his or her life in response to the environment and to the impact of life experiences. He or she might feel obligated to cover certain traits of his or her personality to fit into society's standards by conscious choices but in response to the environment's demands. Covering is a way of assimilation, which is the idea of integrating into a broader group.
Implicating affirmative action to solve the problem of diversity on today's campuses has lead to the creation of problems. The discrimination against Caucasian and Asian American students a long with the toleration of lower quality work produced by African American students and other minority students is an example of the problems caused by Affirmative Action. Although affirmative action intends to do good, lowering the standards by which certain racial groups are admitted to college is not the way to solve the problem of diversity in America's universities. The condition of America's public schools is directly responsible for the poor academic achievement of minority children. Instead of addressing educational discrepancies caused by poverty and discrimination, we are merely covering them up and pretending they do not exist, and allowing ourselves to avoid what it takes to make a d... ... middle of paper ... ...llege to catch up, then perhaps they are out of their league.
Instead, superficial ‘quotas’ are established and the discrimination that was once placed on the minorities now turns the other way. One of the arguments against affirmative action is that it injures white men and violates their rights. If were to take a closer look at the affirmative action laws, we can see why this would be true. For example, let’s take a hypothetical situation of two males, one white and another individual who happens to be a minority, both sending in college applications to Harvard to compete for admission. Unfortunately, the university only has one available spot and must decide between the white individual and the minority.
Introduction A shocking and disturbing trend that the public has always noted in standardized tests is that minority examinees tend to score lower on standardized tests than their White, male counterparts. This has caused academic scholars to research this topic more to figure out what is preventing minority examinees from doing as well as their White, wealthy and/or, male counterparts and, thus, not having access to some of the same opportunities. These standardized tests consistently put these students at a clear disadvantage and this is counter to the nation’s overall goal to improve diversity in all aspects of life. This essay will discuss specific factors that put minorities at a disadvantage when it comes to standardized tests and postsecondary entrance into programs and will conclude with a set of policy recommendations that can help level the playing field for all candidates. Structure of Exams In order to determine whether standardized tests used for college and graduate admissions purposes are actually measuring content knowledge that should, at least theoretically, have been acquired over years of study, I investigated how standardized tests are created.
Because non-minority students were denied admission even though they were more qualified to attend the school than minorities, they filed lawsuits, and all of the Affirmative Action cases have got the Supreme Court turned upside down on what decision they should make. Affirmative Action should be abolished because it solves a problem that no longer exists, it perpetuates social division, and causes reverse discrimination. Some might argue that Affirmative Action is still useful today because it recognizes minorities. In an article written by Dan Slater, Slater uses Theodore Eisenberg, a law professor at Cornell, and his statement as an example. ... ... middle of paper ... ...nd it reverses discrimination.
Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream: "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." He desired a world without discrimination, without prejudice, and without stereotypes. The fundamental lesson years of discrimination should have taught is that to give anyone preference based on skin color, sex, or religious beliefs is, in one word, wrong. As Martin Luther King Jr. stated, judgment based on skin color must not exist. All preferential hiring does is keep judgments based on skin color alive.
In many cases, racial majorities who work harder, and are more qualified for higher education, are denied acceptance strictly because they are white. In 1964, affirmative action was created to ensure that “minorities, specifically blacks, were to be included in the work force and on the university campus,” (Connolly, 2005). Today, as extreme racism is less relevant in society, affirmative action forces universities and companies to view race as a determining factor in the futures of aspiring students. Studies show that many colleges discriminate against high-achieving Whites and Asians to lower their admission numbers (Taylor, 2013). This illustrates how affirmative action fits the definition of discrimination.