2 March 2014
The Case against Affirmative Action
While racism is definitely wrong, the American society as a whole has taken the whole race issue to the other end of the spectrum. People are afraid of being ‘politically incorrect’ and therefore try will keep silence on issues they feel strongly against since it may upset someone else. Since the Civil Rights Act of 1964, there has been a push to give minorities extra benefits simply because of their race. One of these concepts, named Affirmative Action, allows minorities to have preference over whites and Asians in the work place and in schools. This is done because minorities have been irrevocably damaged by the last 200 years and need the help to be as successful as their white counterparts. A highly controversial topic, numerous books and documentaries have come out in support or opposition of this practice. While in theory it sounds like the humane thing to do, Affirmative Action is one of the worst policies by employers and colleges that has created a greater rift between majorities and minorities and has lowered the standards of businesses and schools across the country. One of the biggest problems with Affirmative Action is that is causes schools and businesses to lessen their requirements in the name of diversity. Instead of allowing the best qualified individuals in, regardless of skin color, they are forced to accept worse candidates simply because they are of a certain race. According to Facts on file, a news company, in a recent court case college applicant Abigail Fisher sued the University of Texas because she said they admitted a less qualified person simply because they were black and she was white (Facts on File). Thankfully, the Supreme Court agreed with her that this was unconstitutional. Not only does it cause whites and Asians to have to be almost perfect in every aspect if they wish to be admitted to higher end universities and prestigious businesses, it allows the minority groups to slack off and not work hard. As balancedpolitics.org states, “if a minority student can get into Harvard with a 3.2 GPA, what is the point in trying to get a 4.0?” (balancedpolitics.org). I think this is one of the main underlying issues of Affirmative Action. Not only does it promote a form of racism, which despite what the media says can be directed towards whites just as much as other races, it also encourages minority students to slack off since they know they can get into school with lower grades then their white counterparts. The best thing for any student, regardless of race, is to work diligently and excel all aspects of their life. Allowing kids to not try hard at school work and then giving them an acceptance letter to a school like Harvard not only hurts the schools, it hurts the kid. It goes against the American Dream, which states that as long as you work hard you can do anything you want. As the founding fathers said, all men are created equal, regardless of race gender or upbringing (CON).
Barring none, the biggest reason that the Affirmative Action program should be eliminated is its blatant disregard for the constitution. Affirmative Action, while not racist in the historical sense against black people, is still discriminating against certain people based on the color of their skin. As John Fund of the National Review states, "Some don’t realize that the 1964 Civil Rights Act that is cited as the authority for mandating preferential treatment for racial minorities actually forbids all racial discrimination," (Facts on file). The very document that many supporters state as the main reason Affirmative Action can happen is actually the one that provides the strongest argument against them. It states that is unlawful to discriminate any man based on race. It does not specify the race, so whites are also included. The very people who embraced Martin Luther’s idea of judging only based on content of character...
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