Affirmative Action- Negative Team Essays

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Module 03: Group Position Paper: Affirmative Action Affirmative Action: Negative Team 1

Diversity in the Workplace
Professor Linda Noeth
Center for Distance Learning
SUNY Empire State College Slavery in America can be traced all the way back to colonial times, or as historians have dated; 1619. Although slavery had technically been abolished by the late 1800’s, issues over race still remained prominent. Regulations such as “Jim Crow Laws”, that claimed to provide “separate but equal” facilities, only helped to segregate minorities and treat them as second class citizens. In response to such suppressive inequalities, the United States decided to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964, outlawing major
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When two students are applying to a college and they have the same SAT and GPA scores, one should not gain admission simply because the college has a quota system. This is akin to reverse discrimination. Also, admitting a student based on these criteria may place a student in a school in which they will perform poorly due to being ill equipped to handle the more competitive environment. This sets one up for failure and demeans their ability to achieve success on their own merits. It is also demeaning and condescending to the applicant as they will be viewed as less capable by their peers. Affirmative Action takes away the incentive for one to perform to the best of their abilities, leading to lower achievement. “Students end up with poor grades (usually in the bottom fifth of their class), lower graduation rates, extremely high attrition rates from science and engineering majors, substantial self-segregation on campus, lower self-esteem and far greater difficulty passing licensing tests” (Sander &Stuart, 2012)

Many believe that affirmative action is needed to maintain a diverse educational system, when studies have shown that in fact it does exactly the opposite. “Economics professor Peter Arcidiacono and his colleagues at Duke University found in a 2011 study that students were much more likely to become friends with classmates they saw as academically similar to themselves. Students with large preferences were more likely to self-segregate and

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