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Affirmative action is an attempt to promote equal opportunity. It is often instituted in government and educational settings to ensure that minority groups within a society are included in all programs. The justification for affirmative action is to allegedly compensate for past discrimination, persecution or exploitation by the ruling class of a culture, and to address existing discrimination. The implementation of affirmative action, especially in the United States, is justified by disparate impact.
I have mixed feelings about affirmative action. On one hand I believe that everyone, regardless of race or gender, is entitled to a fair break. On the other hand I don’t believe that the rest of the people should have to give up their shot at the golden ticket. As I understand it, if a black woman applies for college admission she will be admitted over a white woman who may be more qualified. I don’t call this affirmative action, I call it discrimination, which I despise in all forms, including this one.
Here’s more on this latest ruling:
(NEWSER) A federal appeals court today struck down Michigan’s ban on the consideration of race and gender in college admissions, saying it burdens minorities and violates the Constitution. The 2-1 decision upends a sweeping law that forced the University of Michigan and other public schools to change admission policies. The 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals said the law, approved by voters in 2006, violates the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause. Michigan pledged to appeal, and the case could end up in the Supreme Court.
The court mostly was concerned about how the affirmative action ban was created. Because it was passed as an amendment to the state constitution, it can only be changed with another statewide vote. This places a big burden on minorities who object to it, said judges R. Guy Cole Jr. and Martha Craig Daughtrey. The ban’s supporters could have chosen “less onerous avenues to effect political change,” they wrote.
I am interested in what you think about this latest ruling by the federal court. Do you agree that affirmative action is fair to all concerned?