English 251 Essay 2 - Affirmative Action Brilliantly...

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Affirmative Action: Brilliantly Fighting Discrimination with Discrimination Stan Ingberman English 251 Professor Rita Rice March 5, 2008
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Affirmative action in universities has been a controversial policy since it was implemented, and rightfully so. Affirmative action was invoked to combat discrimination. Instead, it is simply feeding the fire. Affirmative action can benefit primarily the most fortunate among the preferred group, wealthy minorities, often to the detriment of the least fortunate among the non-preferred groups, poor whites. Furthermore, it reduces the incentives of both the preferred and non-preferred to perform at their best — the former because doing so is unnecessary and the latter because it can prove futile — thereby resulting in net losses for our society as a whole. What about the notion that minorities would not be able to get into colleges and universities without affirmative action? After group preferences and quotas were banned in California's state universities, the number of black students in the University of California system has risen. For the previous reasons stated, affirmative action has proven to be an illogical and ineffective means of achieving racial equality in the United States. One of the major problems with affirmative action is that it does not factor in the family’s economic situation. Thus, it is not uncommon for a wealthy minority student to receive a full ride to a university while a lower-class white student struggles to pay out of his or her pocket. My sister graduated high school with a 4.5 GPA, got admitted into The Ohio State University, and continued with a perfect 4.0 GPA there. Her friend Liz, whose mother is Mexican, did well in
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