Affirmative action ban will do more harm than good

by Apr 22, 2012 4:16 pm Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Rebecca Duran is a Spartan Daily staff writer.

As long as I’ve been knowledgeable about it, I’ve had a difficult time forming a solid opinion on affirmative action — until now.

I’m of mixed race, and like many others have walked a fine line between being white and a minority.

Some people would then easily guess I am a supporter for the rights of all races and hold a family history of prejudice.

I’ve therefore understood and appreciated the concept of affirmative action in schools, as it creates more diversity and makes qualified people of all races get a chance.

While ethnic minorities deserve to represent large amounts of students on campuses, I understand the argument that the concept is counter-intuitive.

California was the first state to ban affirmative action 15 years ago with Proposition 209, which includes the area of public universities, according to a New York times article.

After the ban, freshman enrollment of black students in the University of California system went from 4.2 percent in 1995 to 2.8 percent in 2005, according to a Bloomberg Business article.

The U.S. Supreme Court is now considering banning affirmative action in other states, and according to a Fox News article this has college officials worried.

The article suggests that schools like UC Berkeley are not as diverse as they could be because of the ban, with a majority of its students being white and Asian.

That is an understandable concern, as many achieving black and Latino students might not get the chance to bring more diversity to public schools.

The more I think I about it, the more I think it is important to use affirmative action, even for a limited amount of time.

There is the argument that it is reverse racism and blatantly denies white people acceptance into schools because of their race, even if they are highly qualified for admittance.

While that may be true, these types of things are only done to make up for the prejudice and oppression minorities have experienced in this country.

I am grateful to have only gotten the occasional rude attitude from waiters or people in stores.

Coming from white, Mexican and Japanese roots, there has been hardships and oppression experienced by some in my family, including internment in the past and racist treatment from people even today.

I am lucky in that I can walk the line between both worlds, especially considering my skin color.

That is why I understand the importance of letting students of different races into schools and why the U.S. Supreme Court should not ban affirmative action in other states.

Groups that have been oppressed before should get the chance to flourish and diversify schools so the schools can truly represent the demographics of the area.

Besides, there are other instances of students getting accepted into schools for one purpose.

There might not be affirmative action in this state, but that doesn’t mean the ban should spread to other states.

I am lucky to have not been denied the opportunity to go to the school I want to go to, and stopping minorities from having a good chance of getting into public schools will hurt them.

Why not increase the different types of students going to public schools, instead of forcing them to choose private schools?

It is important to let all types of students in and to keep diversity affluent in as many places as possible.

Ban will create more problems for diversity

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