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There are 3 comments on Colleges Are Already Unequal—Will Ending Affirmative Action Make It Worse?

  1. I believe that white/Asian students and professors, who argue that other white/Asian students should be denied employment/admission (the opportunity they themselves got and did not turn down), they ought to lead by example.

    They are arguing that individual whites/Asians must – individually – sacrifice for the collective good of oppressed races or compensate for the collective privilege of the own race. Very well. My question then is: why do the white/Asian professors and students who insist that other individual whites/Asians must pay their individual share in this collective debt get a “golden” ticket themselves? How are they paying their share of this collective debt? Is this not the essence of hypocrisy to preach exclusion when you yourself have already been included?

    I challenge every white/Asian professor and student that desires greater diversity to the set the example themselves before demanding sacrifice of others.

  2. The issue surrounding access to higher education is primarily a factor of economics. It is completely fine to have admissions based purely on merit, but the real issue is that people from upper middle class backgrounds have more opportunities. Affirmative Action solves none of these underlying issues. In an ideal society, publicly funded schools and free publicly funded universities would be enough to give anyone of any economic class a first rate education. Many of the most influential thinkers and politicians of the post world war 2 era grew up poor and were given their opportunities through (what was at the time) a well funded and planned public schooling.

    To think that Affirmative Action is a solution to the inequality in education is to think that the main source of inequality is college admissions. That isn’t true, the main source of inequality is access to money. While it is true that asian/whites make up a higher percentage of those with higher education, there is also a large number of asians and whites barred from higher education as a matter of economic background. Anyone who attends BU as an undergrad probably understands the sheer cost of education. Combine this with predatory student loans and it’s no wonder why colleges are segregated.

    While I support this decision by the courts, it’s more a matter of “a broken clock” than a well thought out measure. Will legacy admissions, which are infinitely more exclusionary, be looked at? Will access to public education be looked at? Will anything change for the better? Likely not. That doesn’t mean that Affirmative action isn’t flawed, but I understand the frustration of those who would otherwise benefit from it when offered nothing else in compensation.

    That said, if we’re going to use standardized testing for admissions, then making it harder for some races and easier for others is a racist policy. It doesn’t make it right just because the intentions are in the right place. People would care a lot less about race if they had guaranteed rights to affordable or free housing, healthcare, and education. If you want to fix discrimination in the country, tax the rich and throw money at those who need it, regardless of their race.

  3. University students are largely not exposed to libertarian or conservative views whatsoever. Perhaps that should be another direction for diversification efforts.

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