Affirmative Action: Equality for All? Essay

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Affirmative Action: Equality for All? Affirmative action in the United States has become a misused and misguided practice in modern times. In the current form of affirmative action, it is impossible to create a truly equal society. It was originally used as an equal opportunity measure to allow qualified minorities into positions they were denied because of race. However, affirmative action has become a system of racial quotas that lowers standards for minority applicants in order to give them a chance to succeed in universities, jobs, and leadership positions. At first, it may not seem like such a bad idea to have racial quotas because it increases diversity. But with racial quotas qualified applicants to universities, jobs, etc…show more content…
The case of Barbara Grutter vs. University of Michigan Law School is a real life example of affirmative action’s reverse discrimination. Grutter applied to University of Michigan Law School with a 3.81 GPA and a Law School Admission Test score of 161. While all black students with similar scores were accepted, she was denied, along with 90% of white students scoring in her range. When applying to University of Michigan black and hispanic students were more likely to be accepted than white students with similar academic backgrounds (Pearson 15). This use of affirmative is completely unethical. According to Kant’s first categorical imperative “act as though your actions will become universal law”, the use of reverse discrimination within preferential treatment in affirmative action is unethical. If we say that it is ok for some students to receive preferential treatment based on race then we are telling society that it is ok to use race-based preferential treatment in all circumstances. We are also allowing discrimination. If we lived in a society where everyone practiced race-based preferential treatment then it would create an unfair society where we just use race and not credentials to determine whether people are qualified for positions. This would be an unfair world that people would not want to live in. Affirmative action also lowers standards for minorities. Affirmative action is implemented by
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