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Affirmative Action: Five Positives Aspects Affirmative Action Affirmative action has been the subject of increasing debate and tension in American society. It is the nation’s most ambitious attempt to balance out the issues of racial and sexual discrimination. Although the United States has made great progress, race still divides our society. According to the University of Rhode Island, Affirmative action is defined as, the specific actions in recruitment, hiring, upgrading and other areas designed and taken for eliminating the present effects of past discrimination, or present discrimination. This allows minorities and women to be given special consideration in education and many other areas. The need for affirmative action is essential to college admissions credentials. Institutions with affirmative action policies generally set goals for increased diversity and equal opportunity among minority students. Our society is not one of equality, but affirmative action provides a way that problems with inequality can be address to the public. Our nation cannot and should not continue to ignore the racial issues that continue to divide America. Minorities such as Asians, Hispanics and African-Americans live mostly in urban areas that have large populations. Therefore, many minorities normally attend lower quality schools. Most colleges and universities do not take into account that students come from different quality schools and different backgrounds. Most minorities are excluded from the advantages that the students get that go to intermediate and secondary schools. Affirmative action helps students who do come from lower quality living, and it gives them a chance to prove themselves at recognized college. Because of time and affirmative action, campuses are more diverse than any other time in history. “Critics of continuing race or ethnicity as a consideration in student admissions argue that affirmative action unfairly discriminates against white and Asian-American applicants who worked hard in high 1
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school and received top grades” (Tien). In addition, it is claimed that affirmative action is no longer needed to proved people with opportunities. Chang-Lin Tien, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of California at Berkeley, agrees that affirmative actions is a temporary measure, but she also says that the time has not yet come for it to be eliminated. She also says that educational opportunities vary dramatically in U.S. public schools. She points out that the “inner-city student can find illegal drugs more readily than computer labs and after- school enrichment courses” (Tien). She also argues that the suburban student is into the internet, enrolled in honor classes, and looking forward to summer instruction. Given the reality that we live in, according to Tien, it is fare to consider ethnicity and race as a factor among GPA and tests scored when admitting young students into the highly competitive universities. This
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