Hopewood Case Study
The Hopewood case: In 1996, the Fifth Court of Appeals ruled against affirmative action in the Hopewood case. The court decided that race or ethnicity could not be used as a deciding factor for college. This case involved a white woman who was denied access to college even though her test scores were higher than blacks and Hispanics that were accepted. (Nagel, 2001).
Proposition 209: In 1996, an anti-affirmative action law was passed in California called Proposition 209. The law banned preferences based on skin color and sex in education, employment and contracting.
Looking at the two major universities only, the graph shows that there was a big decline in minority admission. When the numbers are compared with the overall results and include other California colleges, the decrease was much less dramatic. These numbers are attributed to the less prestigious colleges taking many of the minority students that the elite schools rejected because the minority students did not meet their higher standards. (Nagel, …show more content…
Any color skin can smell good or stink. They can be obnoxious or friendly. Their hair can be short or long. No matter the color of their skin some could be fat and some can be thin. Their personality can be shy or outgoing. None of these attributes are exclusive to one color skin or gender. All are possible in any form. Why, then, is there a need to keep pointing out the color of the skin one wears? Everyone has preconceived ideas of people with first impressions. Sometimes our judgments are right and other times they could be wrong. Developing relationships with people to get to know them rather than accepting a first judgment is a better and more logical course of action. Determining how to treat someone based on race, gender, or any other predetermined qualification is not a rational choice. What if someone were blind? How do they judge first impressions?
The affirmative action policy has had over 40 years to change people’s thinking and hearts. It has not been completely non-beneficial, but there could be a better way. Most people tend to rebel when told to do something they do not agree with. The object is not to force people to do actions they do not support, but to get them to change their hearts and minds to want to support