Viewpoints in Opposition: Affirmative Action

Essay by dsjr2006High School, 12th gradeA+, April 2006

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Many soon to be high school graduates have plans of continuing his education at a higher education institution. Of course, In order to attend a college of one's choice, he or she must earn the acceptance of the institution they desire to attend which requires that they dedicate much time and effort to make accomplishments worthy of acceptance. Students have long been told that with hard work and great dedication comes the reward of a brighter, more successful future. This seems to be the ideal and fair situation, but it is not always enough to just be the best. Due to discrimination and prejudice, our nation determined that it is necessary to offer more equal opportunities to our nation's minority groups through affirmative action.

Affirmative action began as corrective for past governmental and social injustices against demographic groups that have been subjected to prejudice. Such groups are characterized most commonly by race, gender, or ethnicity.

Affirmative action seeks to increase the representation of these demographic groups in fields of study and work in which they have traditionally been underrepresented ("Affirmative Action"). During the time when affirmative action was first implemented, it could have been considered the most feasible justice; however, in many ways Americans of both the majority and minority groups are experiencing the downfalls of the act. "Affirmative action was put in place to equalize opportunities for minority groups but, in turn, has created discrimination and mminority students are systematically mismatched with institutions" due to affirmative action, where they underperform relative to the student body. Had they gone to an institution without the help of affirmative action, to a less selective school, they would have received better grades and graduated at higher rates" ("Affirmative Action").

It has been proposed that affirmative action has not fulfilled the purpose it was...