Affirmative Action

Austin Swan

The idea of affirmative action is one that appeals to the emotions of many across our country, because it makes people feel good when they support a program that attempts to balance the playing field upon which social groups interact with one another by rewarding the oppressed.

In reality, affirmative action is racist at its core. Treating people differently because of their race is racist, and also precisely what affirmative action aims to do.

Affirmative action suggests that people in racial groups which have historically been discriminated against, such as African Americans or Hispanics, should be given extra merit in their application. The program also punishes people from racial groups that are thriving such as Asian Americans or Whites. With affirmative action in place, if an African American and an Asian American both apply to the same college with the exact same gpa, SAT score, extracurriculars, etc, the African American is more likely to be accepted.

Colleges are institutions of learning, students with better gpa’s and better SAT scores should be rewarded, rather than punished for their early achievements in life. One of the main issues with affirmative action is that it ignores individual situation in favor of race. Nobody chose their race, it’s not something that is controllable. Punishing or rewarding people based off of an arbitrary difference in melanin levels is an idea that doesn’t deserve to be entertained.

If the college admission system desired to be entirely rid of racism, a race-blind system would need to be implemented.

Some in favor of affirmative action suggest that imposing race-blind admissions ignores the fact that some racial groups, statistically, are worse off on average than other racial groups in this country, and that students from those racial groups are likely to have had fewer opportunities. This is a legitimate criticism, but there is a simple solution.

In America, every racial group has people who are not doing so well, and people are doing quite well. There are white kids in worse situations than some african american kids. There are some hispanic kids who are far better off than some asian american kids.

By looking into the personal situation of each applicant individually, rather than just at the color of their skin, the college can make adjustments to the system that account for things such as: growing up with a single mother, poverty, where you grew up, whether you had to work while in high school, etc.

Colleges that choose to implement/maintain affirmative action policies are engaging in acts of racism constantly. All admissions should be treated equally, with all factors being taken into account.

It is true that throughout history some racial groups have been oppressed in America, but the solution to past racism is not more racism. The proper way to atone for past injustice is with current justice.

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