Affirmative Action Is Making It Harder For Deserving White Students

808 Words Dec 11th, 2015 4 Pages
In today’s society people are having difficulties getting into college because of affirmative action. Affirmative action is defined as “the practice of improving the educational and job opportunities of members of groups that have not been treated fairly in the past because of their race, sex, etc.” (Merriam- Webster 1).The use of affirmative action in colleges is making it harder for deserving white students who have always gotten good grades and those who have participated in extracurricular activities to get accepted. Minority students, such as Hispanics, blacks, and Asians, are being favored by many schools solely because they are the minority, even if they are not achieving as much. In an article written by David Sacks and Peter Thiel they say “Over the past quarter of a century, Stanford has been discriminating in favor of racial minorities in admissions, hiring, tenure, contracting and financial aid.” (Sacks & Thiel 1) There’s this claim that affirmative action helps the disadvantaged but it really only benefits minorities of middle- and upper- class backgrounds. To help the disadvantaged get into college, the admissions would need to focus on the basis of disadvantage and not on the basis of race. People use affirmative action as a way to get more diversity in colleges, but they don’t base the way they accept people on the basis of unusual characteristics, which would bring more diversity, they base it on race. In an article written by Jennifer Delahunty Britz,…

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