Case Against Affirmative Action

Essay by raquelchristine April 2003

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A very prevalent topic these days, whether in the workplace or at a college, is affirmative action. Many people are Pro-affirmative action, and many are against. I,for one, am against it. I believe that affirmative action creates a lower standard to those of minority groups, and encourages them to think they deserve what they have not earned. I also think affirmative actions takes away from those white males who have worked twice as hard and will not receive such due rewards. Affirmative action is a quota system set up to make equal opportunities for all minorities. Therefor one of every 5 med students at said university must be of minority group. Seems fair at first glance, the universities just want diversity correct? Well, that could be true until you look at a situation such as this. For instance there is a white male, we'll call him Bill. He grew up in the slums of Detroit and was raised only by his mother who worked two jobs and had no time to help him with school work.

Well Bill rose above and ended up wanting to become a lawyer. So he studied hard, got a 3.6 GPA, and

did very well on his LSATs. Soon Bill began applying to various law schools. Across the state a young black male, who we'll call James, is well known by the community of which his father is the mayor. He is applying for law schools as well, however his GPA in college was only a 3.2. Well the admissions council at University of Michigan's law school is working round the clock compiling the best of students to begin their fall semester. As the get down the bottom of the barrel and only have two slots left they realize they are yet to meet...