Affirmative Action by Alan Marzilli

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41 Efforts to Promote “Diversity” Harm Society I n the University of Michigan cases, the university’s policy was to extend preferences to groups that have historically been the victims of discrimination—African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans. Although a desire to remedy past discrimination might have influenced the decision by university administrators to enact this policy, the university’s stated justification was to increase “diversity” on campus. The law school sought to have a “critical mass” of minority students in each class.

Her family brought a lawsuit in federal court 2 that ultimately forced the school system to rethink its quotas. Critics of racial preferences say that schools, employers, and governments cannot help some deserving people without inadvertently hurting others. • If quotas on “disadvantaged” minorities are illegal, should caps on other minorities or whites be legal? Minorities suffer from stigma even if they do not benefit from affirmative action. ’s story—that his classmates had dismissed his achievements and credited affirmative action for his admission to Harvard—is unfortunately all too typical, opponents of racial preferences say.

00 or higher applied for admission and only 2 were admitted. . Meanwhile, 12 African Americans in the same range of qualifications applied for admission and all 12 were admitted. . 00 or higher applied for admission and only 1 of those applicants was admitted. . Twenty-three similarly qualified African Americans applied for admission and 14 were admitted. . These statistics have a significant bearing on petitioner’s case. Respondents have never offered any race-specific arguments explaining why significantly more individuals from one underrepresented minority group are needed in order to achieve “critical mass” or further student body diversity.

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