Against Affirmative Action in College Admissions Essay

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Affirmative Action
Affirmative action's role in colleges and universities has been a strongly debated topic. The heated subject has again come to the forefront due to the recent bans imposed on affirmative action by California and Washington. In 1978, the Supreme Court ruled (University of California Regents v. Bakke) that universities are allowed to consider race as a factor when choosing which students to accept. Affirmative action was intended to level the racial playing field and give minorities chances in the workplace and the classroom that they would not have received in the absence of affirmative action. However, while minorities have had more opportunities, Caucasians have suffered. This so-called reverse discrimination hurts
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A culturally diverse group of students obviously adds to the learning experience at college because not everything that you learn at college is academic. College helps prepare students to enter the American workforce and also aids students in life preparation. Students become more open to other races, traditions, and beliefs by attending a racially mixed school. Another commonly used reason for the preferential treatment of minorities in the admissions process is that affirmative action helps less fortunate blacks and Hispanics into college. "In general, blacks and Hispanics score lower on college exams than whites and Asians" (Sanchez). Educators believe that this difference in exam scores occurs primarily because many blacks and Hispanics are from "disadvantaged families or mediocre schools" (Sanchez). "Many colleges say that until that chronic gap is closed, they must use race as a factor in admissions to ensure a racially diverse student body" (Sanchez).
Although most higher education leaders support it, the general consensus of the American people is that affirmative action should be abolished in the college admissions process. A recent Washington Post-ABC News poll found that three out of four Americans

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