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One Part First Amendment, One Part Politics With A Dash Of Individualization

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At this point in a college freshmen’s life, they have been in school for 14 years. Throughout those 14 years, freshmen have learned the Bill of Rights like they’ve learned how to walk and the first amendment the way they’ve learned to talk. The first amendment has been engrained in a child from the first history class in 5th grade, to the fifth history class in 9th grade and the eighth class in their senior year. In those eight years, a student has the first amendment in their head to bring to college and express themselves how they see fit and how they have been socialized to do so. According to Dinesh D’Souza, Stuart Taylor and Tim Robbins freedom of speech has been inhibited and taken out by politics and political correctness and fueled heavily by the societies need for preferential treatment.
In the beginning of Dinesh D’Souza’s book Illiberal Education: The Politics of Race and Sex on Campus, he gives enumerable examples of preferential treatment to certain races, ethnicities, sexualities and genders on college campuses and in the work force. D’Souza focuses primarily on where people have been denied what they feel is deserved, such as admission, a job or a place in a sorority/fraternity. On page three of D’Souza’s book, Illiberal Education: The Politics of Race and Sex on Campus, he gives the point of the University of California at Berkeley’s admission:
“Ernest Koenigsburg, a Berkeley professor of business…asks us to imagine a student applicant with a high school grade point average of 3.5 and a Scholastic Aptitude test score of 1200. “For a black student…the probably of admission to Berkeley is 100 percent.” But if…the student is Asian American… “The probability of admission is less than 5 percent.” Koenigsburg…is satisfied with this outcome. “I suppose, it’s unjust, in a way, but all rules are unjust.” (D’Souza 3)

In this point, you find the admissions official admitting to the inequalities of the admissions process at the University of California Berkeley. While the standards for admission are generally set for a black student, he gives no real reason as to why they are set the way they are and also as to what then it takes for an Asian student to get into the school. Without a fair admissions scale, who can say that Asian students are getting as well represented and welcomed into the school as their black peers?
While D’Souza had a lot of focus on what happens when a student is trying to get into a college of their choice, Stuart Taylor focuses on what then happens when the students does get accepted, enrolls and finally starts classes. It’s Taylor’s article, “It’s Time to Junk the Double Standard”, he brings in a lot of hot button issues for the time. In late 2000 and early 2001, as a nation we had just witnessed a Presidential Election that had both Democrats and Republicans up in arms against each other over the authenticity of the outcome. Come September 11th, 2001, the nation was asked not to just accept the President that...

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