Is Affirmative Action Counterproductive?

Affirmative Action has been advocated for because it helps force diversity upon college students and helps underrepresented ethnicity groups attain better “opportunities” in college and the working world. First, I do not need the government telling me how much diversity I need in my life. Second, if I am applying to college, I want to study with the best of the best for said college, not quotas and percentages of ethnicities deemed sufficient by the government. The whole point of Affirmative Action was to make the educational and working world equitable, but this policy is outdated by 50 plus years that actually acts as a racist policy. The reverse discrimination we see by the left only puts minorities at a greater disadvantage. This policy only teaches minorities to not set their goals as high because there is somehow institutional racism not only still present scarcely in the U.S. but everywhere in our lives. The left teaches minorities not to study hard, work profusely, or to produce goods and labor greater than their peer because there is still prevalent racism. I do believe that there are still racist people in the U.S., but we cannot put a blanket policy like Affirmative Action to fight an invisible enemy that is not at all as common as it was during the times of racism and the Jim Crow South. If the left wants to point out the examples of institutional racism that hinders progress in a free-market system, then we can combat these in a case-to-case basis, but we cannot keep legislation that highlights institutional racism as the biggest problem in this country.

-Andrew Skibbie

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  1. As much a I would hate to agree with this certain author, I agree 100%

    Coming from a minority, I do believe that affirmative action isn’t good because it can deprive hardworking intelligent Americans as well as obviously more qualified student from sometimes getting into the best colleges as possible because the government thinks giving special treatment to minorities is good way to resolve an ongoing issue with racism. In my opinion, your views and your mind make you who you are before the color of your skin.

  2. 1. Our nation is changing, and our higher education institutions need to reflect this diversity. More than half of all U.S. babies today are people of color, and by 2050 our nation will have no clear racial or ethnic majority. Communities of color are tomorrow’s leaders, and we need to better prepare our future workforce.

    2. While communities of color have made great strides in closing the education gap, disparities in higher education remain prevalent.According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2009 about 28 percent of Americans older than 25 years of age had a four-year college degree. That same year only 17 percent of African Americans and 13 percent for Hispanics had a four-year degree.

    3. It’s in our national interest to invest in our future workforce. People of color today make up about 36 percent of the workforce. According to Census Bureau projections, by 2050 one in two workers will be a person of color. As our nation becomes more diverse, so too does our workforce.

    4. Diversity in the workforce fosters innovation and competitiveness in business.Studies consistently show that diversity drives innovation and fosters creativity. In a Forbes survey, 85 percent of respondents said diversity is crucial for their businesses, and approximately75 percentindicated that their companies will put more focus during the next three years to leverage diversity to achieve their business goals.

    5. Fortune 500 companies agree that diversity is good for the bottom line.More than 60 leading 500 Fortune companies—including Coca-Cola, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, and many others—came out in support of race-based admission policies in an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in the Grutter v. Bollingerruling.

    6. Diversity is a national security issue.In the past, our U.S. armed forces have argued that a highly qualified and racially diverse officer corps is essential to the military’s ability to provide national security. A top Army personnel official states that, “Diversity adds to the strength of the military as a force.” In Grutter v.Bollinger a number of high-ranking officers and civilian leaders of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps urged the Court to uphold the limited consideration of race.

    7. Diversity on campus benefits all students.Diversity on college campuses isn’t just a benefit for the brown and black students. Learning with people from a variety of backgrounds encourages collaboration and fosters innovation, thereby benefitting all students. Research shows that the overall academic and social effects of increased racial diversity on campus are likely to be positive, ranging from higher levels of academic achievement to the improvement of near- and long-term intergroup relations.

    8. The implications of race-neutral policies in educational opportunities are detrimental to the next generation.Admission polices that do not consider race are predicted to decrease representation of students of color at the most selective four-year institutions by 10 percent. Given that our future workforce is projected to be nearly half people of color, it is necessary that universities create a fair process for expanding opportunities to all students.

    9. Research show that race-neutral polices simply don’t work.Scholars have already debunked the myth that a class-based admission system is an adequate replacement for a race-based admission policy as a means of creating greater levels of diversity. A study conducted by the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law found that after using a class-based admission system, enrollment of African Americans and American Indians fell by more than 70 percent. A wide breadth of research concludes that race-conscious practices are necessary in some capacity to achieve a level of diversity that encompasses our diverse nation.

    10. The majority of Americans support race-conscious policies in higher education.A CBS News/New York Times poll in 2009 shows that the majority of Americans are in favor of promoting diversity on college campuses through race-conscious policies—including the Asian American population, a group that is inaccurately speculated to benefit from the ban of such practices. An Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund poll found that 75 percent of Asian Americans voters in Michigan rejected Michigan’s Proposition 2, a 2006 state referendum seeking to ban race-conscious policies.

    • There’s nothing discriminatory or non “race-conscious” about choosing to accept the most qualified candidates, the ones that the admissions boards believe will help their university benefit the most. Lowering qualifications for these students will help them get a degree that they can frame on their wall, but teaching them that they aren’t required to meet the same standards as others won’t do anything but set them up for failure later in life. A good portion of these students will come across a boss or someone who doesn’t care about the color of their skin, but that they perform just as well as anyone else. As Andrew Skibbie states in the article, these “race-neutral policies” are the dictionary definition of reverse discrimination.

  3. I would like to bring into light Hilary Clinton who is the best candidate for the Presidentay, a simple poem about Hilary
    “I love people who break boundaries and always create something new and fresh.”
    -Randy Jackson

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