Affirmative Action In College

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One of the largest issues we face as a society is the security of equal opportunities for everyone. Minorities especially see very little opportunity when it comes to getting an education. Affirmative action seemed to be a logical solution to the racial discrimination involved with college admissions. However, affirmative action has proven to be of little success. Although there should be policies in place to ensure equal opportunity for all students, regardless of race, affirmative action gives an unfair advantage to students of color, and does not solve the institutional disadvantages that minorities have. Affirmative action is a messy, brute force method of trying to close the enrollment gap. Although on paper it may seem like a good idea…show more content…
The whole point of affirmative action is to better represent the population of minorities in colleges. However, colleges are more unrepresentative than ever before. According to a New York Times article by Jeremy Ashkenas, there is a difference of 9% of hispanic college enrollment to the college-age population, compared to only a 3% difference 35 years ago. It had become statistically harder to get into college as a minority, and affirmative action has failed to remedy this. Is affirmative action really worth it if it doesn’t even…show more content…
Faith, a student who gave her opinion to the New York Times, says that those students “can’t afford review books,” have to “take care of siblings,” and have to work to “bring home a paycheck for bills.” Affirmative action allows colleges to be more forgiving to these kind of students who’s GPAs and resumes suffer because of their lack of resources and responsibilities beyond school. However, this argument ignores the fact that affirmative action doesn’t actually solve any of these issues. There will still be students who, due to circumstances beyond their control, cannot succeed as much in school compared to other students. These are real examples of the institutional disadvantages minorities face. Wouldn’t it be better to solve these issues directly instead of offering the sloppy workaround that is affirmative action? This also ignores students who face the same challenges but aren’t of color. A white student who is unfairly disadvantaged in the same way a minority student would be does not receive any benefit from affirmative action. This is also an issue in the other direction. Minority students who are financially secure, have plenty of educational resources, and have no responsibilities beyond school still benefit from affirmative action when they arguably shouldn’t. Affirmative action is like using a shotgun to kill a cockroach. Its messy, causes
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