Why Affirmative Action Should Be Eliminated Essay

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Imagine waking up tomorrow and reading in the local paper that the government was giving tax breaks to minorities in order to prevent discrimination. Congress insists that the deductions will “help level the playing field” in American society, claiming that diversity is necessary in creating an ideal nation, but is this attempt to prevent disparities and racism not an act of inequality in itself? By putting this policy into place, the government is giving advantages to minorities without showing the same generosity to Caucasians of the same economic backgrounds. Protests would be taking place around the country as citizens argue that the plan violates their Constitutional right to equality. Yet this is exactly the type of scenario seen in …show more content…
Unfortunately, race can also be a defining factor in the process. Applicants belonging to a minority received more than double the points than whites and Asians with the same credentials (Messerli).
Moreover, the United States Constitution itself gives all citizens equal rights. Amendment XIV is a prime example of this:
“All persons born or naturalized in the United States…are citizens of the United States…. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States…nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction to the equal protection of the laws.” (U.S. Constitution)
In recent years, the severity of this issue has begun to come to light. The Supreme Court case of Grutter v. Bollinger in 2003 illustrates this. According to Barbara Grutter, a white woman with a 3.8 GPA and 161 LSAT score, The University of Michigan Law School denied her acceptance because of their use of race as a “predominant factor.” Seeing the injustice in this, Grutter took her case all the way to the Supreme Court. The University of Michigan claimed that they had done nothing wrong; they were merely aiming to enroll a “critical mass” of minorities in order to enhance the school’s character. The Court ultimately voted in favor of the university, but stated, “The Court expects that 25 years from now, the use of racial

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