A "Race" to stopping Affirmative Action By Joshua Raj

Affirmative Action, created during the civil rights era in 1960, know as, "an action or policy favoring those who tend to suffer from discrimination, especially in relation to employment or education" should ultimately be diminished in the presence of the college application process for students and the hiring of potential employees for a job. When selecting a prospective college student or an employee, the race the person embodies should not be taken into consideration. Furthermore, every candidate should be treated and evaluated on the same level depending on their desirable qualifications for the spot, rather than their race.

Blacks are significantly proven to have a harder time getting into a university because of their lower test scores and income, making the reason they get denied from the university be a blurred and unclear mix between their race and test scores/income. Because of the substantial gap between the average grades and income of a white and a black human, many people argue that affirmative action should be in place to help the less privileged have an equal and fair opportunity at the same life a white person is granted. I do not believe this to be the case. When one is applying to a company or school, their acceptance should nearly be granted on their noticeable, positive attributes. If someone does not have the qualifications to be admitted to the job or school, they should not be accepted. This is applicable to all humans, meaning that if someone, white or black, does not meet the requirements or standards the company or school is looking for, they simply should not be accepted or hired. Blacks should not be given an unfair advantage of pity, leading to the bending of rules. Everyone should be reviewed on the same level, as equal humans.

Lastly, to drive my point home, I want to share an example of an unfair situation that happened at the University of Texas. Abigail Fisher, a white student applying to the University of Texas, was very frustrated with the results of the rejection letter she received, which ultimately lead her suing the university. She felt as if she was more than qualified for the seat at the university, and felt that Affirmative Action was the reason why she had been rejected, having the university accept under qualified black students to be racially fair to all. The law suit ended in the university's favor, but all this confusions and racial tensions would be diminished if affirmative action was eliminated.

To all college admissions ambassadors and employees looking to hire others, I would kindly like you to ask to take my argument into consideration, as everyone should be treated equally and reviewed on the same level. Whether someone's skin color is white or black, no one should have an upper hand at gaining a spot, but rather their qualifications should be the deciding factor.

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http://www.npr.org/2012/10/10/162657973/listeners-take-stock-of-affirmative-action

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