Diversity and the End of Affirmative Action: A Tragedy Not Yet Explored
Recently, the Supreme Court made a decision to end affirmative action completely, setting back years of diversity and inclusion within college instituions across the world.
This article will serve to prove why this ban was bias, unfounded, and misunderstood. It will also serve as a source for opposing the ban.
The foundations of affirmative action, for the most part, stand on years of segregation and lack of equity in many minority communities. Think of it like this. If I step on a community, shove my guns, rifles, and racism in their face for years, how do we expect them to get back up? Baltimore and it’s many residents had their money burned to the ground years ago, and still cannot access it today. Jim Crow Laws come from a long span of racism and hatred directed towards minorities.
Now, affirmative action wasn’t the best choice we had for preferential application. When it was first implemented, there was many things that could be worked on. However, to what degree does it say that universities had to enforce diversity. How advantaged do non-minorities have to be for there to be such a disproportionate amount of white and asian-americans in these colleges? Arguing against this would mean one of two things. Either, minorities have suffered through years of discrimination and hatred, or that they’re genetically inferior. Now, I’ll let you decide. To which question do you agree with?
Affirmative action shows equity, not equality. Unfortunately, people still believe that races today are equal in both opportunity and treatment. Here’s a study that’s nearly infamous: the red line test. In this test, scientists measured originally who had the highest rates of crime; they found it to be minorities and wouldn’t invest in these areas. However, economists used a different test, highlighting the areas with the lowest economic status. Can you guess which areas lined up perfectly?
The Banning of Affirmative Action: The Worst Failure in Diversity
If I told you that a black man who benefited from affirmative action and an asian american, who are admitted into high tier schools at a much higher rate than other minorities, tried to ban affirmative action, would you believe me? Well, it’s true. In a sort of twisted, awful, derogatory twist. Clarence Thomas, later exposed for being paid off by many influential, conservative, and rich men (Source) actively opposed affirmative action. He and Edward Blum, a man believing he’s entitled to a top tier school for a test score, removed the bill recently. Guess what they didn’t remove?
They didn’t remove legacy admissions, which are far more influential than a small diversity quote the university has to meet. Legacy admissions can increase chances by up to 20%, which heavily bias against minorities as they weren’t allowed into those institutions barring the 1980s. By keeping legacy admissions, and banning affirmative action, the Supreme Court keeps one of the most racist college admission factors while remove one of the only ways many disenfranchised youths had of getting into good colleges.
How to Combat The End of Affirmative Action, and Include More Diversity
Many colleges nowadays require students to write diversity essays as a way of combatting affirmative action bans. By having an essay that’s substantially easier to write, many disadvantaged youths and college students will now get a chance to stand out from their peers in substantial and measurable ways.
Additionally, many research oppurtinies are offered to minority groups, (Research Opportunities), as a way of offering minorities and houses of lower income a chance at building great extracurriculars. If you live near Tennessee, I’d personally recommend the Aspirinaut program, as it heavily focuses on diversity and diverse oppurtinities!