Pro Affirmative Action

Essay by seastarwolfHigh School, 10th grade May 2004

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In 2002, a statewide reading proficiency test was given to Fourth Grade students in Ohio. Cleveland's The Plain Dealer reported that scores statewide varied greatly by race and ethnicity. White students had a passing rate of 51%, while only 31% of the Latinos and 19% of the Blacks passed. What do these percentiles mean? They mean that our nation still reflect scars of racial division. Scores vary between students of different races as early as fourth grade. These scores possess a score of hidden meanings and directly point toward the financial and status differences that exist between the different races. These differences most often end up affecting the children's colleges and therefore their whole lives. In order to ensure equality and racial diversity in our country, we need to act now. Affirmative action takes minorities into consideration as well as their SAT scores and overall GPAs. This allows a greater chance for blacks to attend the more selective colleges despite the lack of educational materials they might have had growing up.

Once these minorities graduate from the selective colleges, they will have a higher chance of receiving a respectable job and therefore be able to provide a better life for their children. Therefore, Affirmative Action is necessary because it provides equality in the long run. As Justice Harry Blackmun said: "In order to get beyond racism, we must first take account of race. There is no other way. And in order to treat some persons equally, we must treat them differently.

Many black students do not get the same opportunity as other races do. We know this even from personal experience. Our school is currently running a drive to fund for the South Side High School, which has a black population of 38% and less than 80% graduation rate...