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Should the U.S. continue to employ Affirmative Action, or should private schools be allowed to discriminate?

Affirmative action refers to policies that take factors including "race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or national origin" into consideration in order to benefit an underrepresented group, usually as a means to counter the effects of a history of discrimination. (Wikipedia definition). In the U.S., these policies have led to an increasingly difficult situation for students applying to college; both types of universities (public and private) are being subjected to these outlandish policies which, in my opinion, represent the government overstepping its boundaries.

By definition, a private university is PRIVATE; it exists thanks to the donations of private investors, not thanks to government grants. These types of schools should not be subject to the same principles as public schools, since they are not government-run. Just like every individual is born with certain inalienable rights, so to are corporations or groups formed inside a free society. A private group should be able to discriminate if it so chooses.

Further, affirmative action attempts to make up for past wrongs by committing the same deed. By giving favor to minorities, one is still separating them from the rest of the population, and ultimately is discriminating against those not of the minority groups. Some people call this positive discrimination, but in my book discrimination is discrimination and should be stopped.

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    Aug 11 2011: It's a tricky question. I want to say in a few years or so, then yes get rid of affirmative action because by 2052 minorities will become the majority so there be no need.
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      Aug 11 2011: How does that fix the problem that the government is trying to make up for past wrongs doings by committing the same wrongdoing?
      • Aug 12 2011: They are not committing the same wrongdoing, that is the fallacy of your argument.
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          Aug 12 2011: How are they not? They are trying to make up for separating minority groups from the rest of the citizens by separating minority groups from the rest of the citizens? By providing special help to minorities, they are doing nothing more than discriminating again.

          The word discrimination comes with a very negative connotation, but in my opinion discrimination is discrimination.

          Here's the definition of discrimination: treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit: racial and religious intolerance and discrimination.

          I ask you, how is affirmative action not discriminating? It is taking consideration of a person based on their racial group or sex. How is that not the same moral wrongdoing?
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        Aug 13 2011: Well, I agree with you. Affirmative action was based on amending the wrongdoings in racism and compensating for those lost years.

        But we do still need it. Especially in my state Arizona. I have plenty of illegal immigrant friends that deserve to go to college and cannot. Its usually because their parents came here when they were very young and America has always been there home. With affirmative action, they can get scholarships and not add to the dropout population.

        Without things such as the dream act, affirmative action is the only buffer they have.

        Don't get me wrong, affirmative action is completely not fair. Applying for college was almost impossible. I was able to get no scholarships mostly because I am a white girl not going into engineering or have a military family. And, I have excellent grades too; top 17% in my school. But cannot afford university with just this, and i received no financial aid.

        But, I wonder what would happen if it disappeared.

        As I said, its a very tricky question.
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          Aug 13 2011: Here's my problem with what you just said. They are illegal immigrants. They are not citizens of this country, and thus our government is not responsible for them. Our government is responsible for the rights of U.S. citizens, not citizens of other countries. I agree that it is not the fault of the children that their parents moved here illegally, but it is not fair to real citizens if illegal immigrants are receiving FEDERAL aid.

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