Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Pros/Cons Of Michigan Affirmative Action

The US Supreme Court recently upheld a state law in Michigan that forbids the use of race in determining whether or not a student is admitted to college. Affirmative Action has been around for a long time, but there are disputes among Americans as to whether it is needed anymore when it comes to the selection process of students applying to attend universities. What are the pros and cons of the high courts ruling on allowing Michigan to ban affirmative action as a criteria for college admissions in that state? The huge thing on the pros side is that the highest court in the country is acknowledging that racial discrimination has reduced significantly when it comes to who is allowed to attend college. There was a time in the not to distant past when that was not true. Another thing on the pros side is that the US Supreme Court now believes that all white, black and brown children will be treated as equals in the admission process into college. On the cons side, there is that still nagging question as to whether or not the powers that be will allow themselves to be pulled backward into the sins of the past and repeat them again without court supervision? Sadly, in the world today – many of the problems of the past are quickly forgotten since few people seem to learn critical lessons from history. I would like to think that the United States of America has moved to a point where universities will treat all students fairly when they try to enroll in college. While I do believe the vast majority of schools will do the right thing, there is also no doubt that there are still pockets of extreme racism in this country and those will need to be dealt with in some future way.

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