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argument paper - Are we helping the less fortunate or...

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Are we helping the less fortunate, or robbing others of opportunity? This is the question that comes to people’s minds when they hear the words affirmative action . Affirmative action has its good qualities and its bad qualities, but over-all I believe that it does more good than harm. Affirmative action gives a few minorities a small chance to succeed while helping to diversify college campuses across the country. Many people who are against affirmative action believe that the minorities being admitted are taking up space in the schools, when in reality affirmative action students get very few spots. For example, in 1996 affirmative action students represented a minimal part of America’s college freshmen; “from fewer than one percent at CalTech to 12 percent at the University of Virginia” (171). Twelve percent is not a large number of students, and one percent is barely worth mentioning. In 1996 96,369 students were offered admission into “the 24 most prestigious universities in America” (171), of these students only 2,305 were black. If you calculate that it is about two percent. Two percent of students at the best universities were black; they might as well not even be there. Many people do not understand that minorities need this chance.
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