Obama's Arguments Against Affirmative Action

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Affirmative Action Affirmative Action is a policy or program intended to redress past discrimination and promote equal opportunities in education and employment. This is a highly controversial and well known topic, especially when considering it as part of college admissions. Many argue that colleges and universities should consider a student’s race and national origin when reviewing submitted applications. This is merely an attempt to create a more diverse student body, and assure that discrimination not occur. Although there is evidence to support that Affirmative Action is beneficial to the college and its student body, it should not exists in admissions because it limits the number of qualified non-minority students admitted. College admissions are more competitive than ever, with a record…show more content…
As a minority student at Harvard law, Obama stressed that colleges who select students to create a diverse student body, are not doing so for educational benefits. Moreover, Obama was questioned on what he expects when his daughters are old enough to apply to college. Obama responded by saying “they (his daughters) should probably be treated by any admissions officer as folks who are pretty advantaged, and there is nothing wrong with that.” Along with President Obama, numerous people argue that the rationale for racial preferences in college admissions is corrective, as well as to help “struggling” African Americans achieve racial equality in society. The conflicting views on the topic of Affirmative Action makes it a heavily debated and controversial issue in politics and debates; and despite laws that both support or oppose it, the amount of attention paid to it becomes its own
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