A Race-Free Opportunity

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A Race-Free Opportunity “The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal” (Aristotle). This is the foundation when it comes to affirmative action programs. Such programs aim to favor education and employment opportunities for historically deprived individuals, mainly to minority groups. Nonetheless, affirmative action has become outdated in our present society because it is now resulting in discriminating against non-minorities. To be completely fair, college admissions should be exclusively based on a person’s qualification and academic achievement rather than taking their race or any other factor of disadvantage into consideration. True opportunity for people can come from other earlier forms of education that don’t involve …show more content…
The achievement of the Civil Rights era was to gain affirmative action policies for minorities. The definition of affirmative action is “…taking direct, positive steps to increase the representation (especially in schools and workplaces) of groups that have faced discrimination in the past”. This was a compensation given to underrepresent groups, especially African Americans, that endured many years of “poverty, political exclusion, and poor education.” When people hear about affirmative action for the first time, they tend to think of only the positive effect it has on these groups of people. However, they often fail to see the negative effects of these programs, that affirmative action considers race as on of their factors. When asked about general affirmative action policies, without remarks of racial consideration, a poll done by the Gallup Research Center concluded that “Americans mostly have a positive reaction to the concept or term”. The truth is that affirmative action did help many minorities pave their way to more educational and employment opportunities and it is no surprise that people would have a positive …show more content…
Affirmative action programs are aimed to help disadvantage people only at the college or employment level. It helps disadvantage people gain an opportunity at higher-level educational institutions and get good jobs in process of establishing diversity in society. But only a few minorities who received a good education get these type of opportunities. What about the rest of the minorities or disadvantaged students who attended low performing schools? Most of the kids who attend low performing schools miss out on a good education. Some never even get the opportunity to go to college. If the Government really wants to give people equal access to education and a chance at a respected job, then it should seek ways to aid people not at the college level or employment level, but rather at the k-12 grade school level. Instead of integrating diversity in colleges and jobs, the Government should push for diversity in grade schools. It is important for children to grow up in a society where there are diverse backgrounds of people which include race, ethnicity, religion, and gender. True diversity is children growing up in a society where they are united and share love for one another rather than being divided by race or any other factor. Instead of AA, other policies or programs can help students set high expectations and improve their

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