Supreme Court Decision on Affirmative Action

California passed a law banning Affirmative action years ago and now the new Supreme Court Decision on Affirmative Action affirms this law that has not been followed by California public tax-payer supported institutions.  California college students and faculty will now need to adjust to the voter’s will.  When one pays attention to the speakers in the two videos, the bias is showing in both reports.  The first video is from the Los Angeles Times Newspaper; the reporter does not mention that is probably going to change California entrance qualifications to the most qualified applicants for California public universities and community colleges.  The second video is from Fox News who tries to show both sides of a controversy.  In the Fox segment, the moderator who is a Democratic progressive (follower of Saul Alinsky Marxism), while David Webb is a conservative representative of the modern Teas Party (which is an association of Republican, moderate Democrat, and Independent voters, but not an official political party).

20 responses to “Supreme Court Decision on Affirmative Action

  1. This just reminds me of the whites only blacks only period where you attended the school where your race is located. We preach equality, on the media in a daily basis to each other, yet we place laws that judge people according to their skin tone rather than there hard work inside and outside the classroom.

  2. Not being fully knowledgeable on this issue I will relinquish a firm position on this issue online but will acknowledge that socioeconomic barriers should not be discredited. Yes, while some extraordinary individual overcome economic hardships through will and tenacity not everyone does. What of the individual that works multiple jobs to support family and is limited in time but has the ability to thrive if given more time? Yes, college should be based on merit and ability but are we all created equal in resources provided to succeed. Perhaps , some may not have undergone advantageous k – 12 schooling and thus not given the proper tools to thrive. I understand that color of skin is controversial to say the least but perhaps statistical analysis should be reviewed on the matter to see the demographics of schools and what indirect affirmative action has really impacted over the years. In the end notably there is validity to equality in gpa but gpa might not be a holistic weight to measure potential a student possess.

  3. I actually heard about this when it came out in the news. I believe it’s wrong that schools discriminate students based on ethnicity and social standing. These students have worked hard to get the grades and GPA they have, and it is wrong for these admission people from universities to take their opportunities away.

  4. Miranda B. Barragan

    Before this year I had no idea what affirmative action was. I do not think that this is fair to not accept the student who worked so far for their grades and earned every GPA they have gotten. I think that the United States need to accept people based on the effort they show and how hard they work. I do not think ethnicity or social standing should matter.

  5. I don’t know if these videos have the best argument, but I can agree that affirmative action is more damaging. We know that race is purely a social construct, and race makes things more challenging than some. Why should someone be judge by their skin tone, rather than the accomplishments they’ve made. With affirmative action, you’re giving anyone who doesn’t have darker pigment, different shaped eyes, hair texture, etc etc a more difficult change to obtain the education they need. If you have two students, one black and the other white, and are equal with grades etc etc, the black student will obtain more opportunities towards getting into college, than the white kid. All kids should have an equal opportunity to get a higher education. Race is just pointless in the end, because what does it matter? It doesn’t solely reflect who you are a person.

  6. I do see the pros and cons of affirmative action. It does provide minorities the same opportunities in education, I get that. But at the same time I am working my butt off to get good grades so that I can get my degree and have a career so that I can provide for my daughter and for myself. I wouldn’t want to be overlooked for an open slot at the University that I want to attend if it’s given to someone else from a foreign country. It wouldn’t be fair.

  7. I don’t believe in Affirmative Action, that there should be any special preference for minorities, I don’t believe race should be taken into account when applying for a college. But if race is going to be taken into account I do believe in the protection against segregation, but I believe Affirmative Action is the wrong way to address that problem. Overall I believe the law should be repealed , and race shouldn’t be factored in when colleges are reviewing applicants, it should be purely based off ability.

  8. I have never agreed with Affirmative Action, in my opinion, we can’t solve the issue of prejudice by creating more prejudice…

  9. I knew about common core taking place since last year, I myself did a speech about it in my communication class last semester. Its observed that rather than improve its only going to bring education down. I have a sister in which she already took the common core test this year and she said she had no idea what was going on as well as her fellow students, they were all confused and didn’t know how to go about it.

  10. How is affirmative action any different from the “Whites Only”/”Colors Only” signs back in the day? I think we’ve come to far to continue with such ignorance.

  11. K-12 education needs to get better like soon especially for our younger generation like my little brother, and I’m sure I’m not the only one with younger brother and sisters in the k-12 education system.

    • I absolutely agree. When ever there is a law like this that is changed or taken away, it should be as a result of improvements that have been made that lead to the reasons that the act was signed into law in the 1st place. The K through 12 public schools have got to improve greatly for this to work.

  12. Affirmative action focuses on helping minority groups that have been discriminated against in the past in employment and education therefore have an unfair start. However, affirmative action allows people like them to have opportunities and become successful with the resources provided to them. As there are both pros and cons to this argument, there are more pros. Such as, its diversity needed, its need to neutralize against white privilege, and the guarantee of the American Dream that the United States is known for. Affirmative action can definitely be beneficial and quite frankly seems to be necessary because without it, this country would not be as diverse as it strives to be. One can make the argument that if the person has the GPA requirement they should definitely be admitted admission. However, its far much more than that. There are individuals that have “good” rather than “great” test taking scores, however excel in different areas such as life skills resulting in them being qualified for whether it be a lawyer, doctor, etc. It’s much more broad than just a GPA. It can be possible that those who have benefitted from a more privileged background have a higher chance at getting the right resources they need to ensure good test scores, whereas someone from a less privileged background would not. There is no reason for one to say that only grades give one the moral desert to entrance. Also there is this powerful thing called white privilege.White privilege provides white individuals many advantages to succeed and receive the opportunities they need. That isn’t fair to those that were born into a different race and don’t receive those advantages because they are not white. Affirmative provides a counterbalance for that.. In addition, affirmative action is intended to provide equal opportunities to help the individual receive the resources they deserve, moral desert. Furthermore, resulting in making it a way to ensure that the American Dream is available to all people, which is something America is dearly known for. Along with my argument, there is a video I watched a while ago discussing Affirmative Action and demonstrating Aristoles beliefs in affirmative action called “Whats the Right Thing to do?” by Michael J. Sandel, a Harvard professor. It’s a great video that people should definitely take the time to watch if interested in Affirmative Action.

    • This response to the Supreme Court decision does not address the issue, but is loaded with the counter argument that was overturned by the court. Please note that when you cut and paste another person’s writing without using quote marks, proper reproduction, and showing the origin of the text, one can be accused of plagiarism, though unintended by the respondent to the post.

  13. I agree they need to get better teaching methods for our younger generation as our literacy rate actually has gone down. We are clearly loosing the race of education and somthing has to be done! Tax payers are paying for a regression instead of a progression.

  14. The people who work hard and try to do what is right, are most of the time left behind the person that tries to use a loop hole to get what them are to lazy to work for.

  15. I think this this ban on affirmative action and the California qualifications for colleges and community colleges increase giving spots on to those highly qualified is completely idiotic. In some ways it is good because those who work hard and do not slack off like most students will be granted spots that are well deserved at a college. The bad outcomes of this is the schools will be losing money being picky of who gets in and doesn’t and then tuition will rise for students attending those universities/ community colleges.

    • The way it works now is that the most diligent students are often not given spots because people from other countries and states want to go to UCLA, Berkeley, Santa Barbara, and San Diego. The school gets more money from out of state and foreign students. California residents should get the priority because California taxpayers foot the bill to pay for these institutions. Some of my best students are ethnic minorities and women who don’t get the school they want because their family income is over the poverty line, though the student is more qualified than a classmate with a lower GPA is accepted–not fair. I agree with the supreme court ruling; make everyone equal by giving them a decent K-12 education. See the post on common core curriculum.

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