Affirmative Action in University Admissions
All across America, universities have been denying highly qualified applicants to accept minorities who are usually less qualified. These admissions processes misuse the basic principle of affirmative action. Affirmative action is a mandate that says that minorities should be given special opportunities. In 1952, when President D.W. Eisenhower was in office, he decided to let the states decide whether or not to use affirmative action (Affirmative Action). Eleven years later, when John F. Kennedy was president, he made it mandatory for all government funded organizations to enforce affirmative action. In theory Kennedy’s mandate also ...view middle of the document...
Before the Industrial Revolution, most of the people in America were either artisans or farmers but the Industrial Revolution gave people a reason to get a higher education as America became the industrial powerhouse of the world. Soon a college education was almost needed to make it in the industrialized world. The problem was that most African and Mexican Americans were not able to reach universities establishing a large gap in diversity among the people of America (Borowski). With Kennedy’s actions, universities slowly started using affirmative action in admissions as an attempt to close the gap. Over time this has slightly increased diversity but makes it unfair for qualified more students (Mitchell) (Dhar).
Argument for Affirmative Action: Affirmative Action Makes a More Diverse Community in Universities
Supporters of affirmative action will tell you that a mix of different peoples in the college population allows for a more open community on both a social and educational basis (Affirmative Action|Overview). The money from the state is often used for financial aid for the people that qualify for affirmative action (Affirmative Action|Overview). Affirmative action makes up for the decades of oppression on the minorities in America (Affirmative Action|Overview).
Argument Against Affirmative Action: A Man Can Earn His Success if Given Tools
As the old Chinese proverb states, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach the man how to fish and you feed him for a life time.” The Constitution itself states that all men
are created equal, this means that all men should have the same, fair chance at any given task. Affirmative action takes this basic principle away because if a minority applicant is competing
with a more qualified majority applicant, the minority applicant is often accepted over the majority applicant (Kennedy 10). Also a large amount of tax money goes to supporting affirmative action but if instead this money was given to the less privileged minorities’ education system, they could have the same tools that the middle and upper class have. Lastly, to the average human, being given...