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Jordan Stella


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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 16 2011: Jordan I see your point about private schools not being forced to discriminate in the form of affirmative action and your statement that discrimination is discrimination sounds logical too. Then you contradict yourself in your own summary heading when you ask "or should private schools be allowed to discriminate". Please clarify what you meant by that statement. If you are talking about the right of a private institution to be all male or all female I might theoretically be able to go along with you, as in equal but separate (didn't we have that in name before?). Or if you meant that a private institution should have the right to maintain high standards and not have to lower them in some cases to create racial balance, then I am with you as long as there is a truly color blind admittance procedure that really admits the best students on their merits alone. On the other hand I don't know of convincing evidence that this reverse discrimination you speak of is actually stopping any motivated and talented uncolored students from getting an education.
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      Aug 16 2011: What I meant was exactly what it sounded like. I believe that the government has no right to intervene in the rights of a private institution, be it a school, business, etc. I am in no way advocating discrimination in this conversation, I am merely arguing that if a private institution chooses to discriminate in its application process, then that is fine. I don't know if you've read the entire conversation, but an interesting point was brought up that in this day and age, we wouldn't need the government to step in and stop the discrimination, because social media would lash out against said institution and fix the issue for us.

      I agree with a truly color blind admittance as you said. The color of one's skin does not factor into one's intelligence.

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