Do we still need affirmative action? | The Tylt
The Department of Justice is redirecting money originally earmarked for civil-rights enforcement towards investigating universities over affirmative action admissions policies. Critics argue affirmative action programs remain critical to redressing centuries of institutional discrimination against people of color. But supporters say affirmative action discriminates against white people, and a purely merit-based system is the only way to be fair to everybody. What do you think?
Do we still need affirmative action?
Critics say this latest action is a gross misuse of the DOJ civil rights division resources and further advances the myth of anti-white discrimination.
White people are not the ones who are marginalized or disadvantaged when it comes to higher education. Systematically speaking, white students enjoy far more racial privilege than students of color. For many citizens, programs like these need to exist to open doors at institutions that might otherwise be closed.
But others say affirmative action programs are, in practice, discriminatory—and the skin color of a student should have no impact on university admissions policies.
But others point to legacy admissions, where students are given preferential treatment because their parents are alumni or able to make big donations to the school.
Bryan Dewan points out legacy preference policies at American universities have a shameful history—they were essentially affirmative action for white Christians for decades. If we're talking about racial preferencing, should we discuss legacies?
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the practice of giving legacy students an advantage in the college admissions process has a undignified past — one that’s deeply rooted in socioeconomic discrimination and antisemitism.
Others say discrimination against white people is the real issue here.
If we’re serious about combatting racism, we need to understand WHAT racism is. There’s no such thing as “reverse racism.” It’s ALL racism. Discriminating against someone based on the color of skin or ethnicity – or stereotyping someone based on that – can be viewed as being racist in my book. It doesn’t matter WHAT skin color the person is.
Black people can discriminate against white people the same way white people discriminate against black people. Puerto Ricans can discriminate against Italians. The Polish can discriminate against Muslims. The funny thing about discrimination and racism is that they know no boundaries.
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