The Fight For Civil Rights

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The fight for Civil Rights in the United States has had a long history of influencing college admissions decisions, especially at selective colleges and universities. Considering a large racial preference in college admissions in the decades immediately following the Civil Rights Act was acknowledged as important to remedying more than two centuries of racial discrimination. In today’s world, it is generally accepted that having racially and ethnically diverse college campuses is desirable, but the question is how to achieve that objective fairly. Because attaining a college degree is a crucial element in achieving economic mobility, the time has come for class-based preference to become the accepted way to ensure that America’s colleges are lending opportunity to our most vulnerable citizens.
After the Civil Rights Act passed in 1964, affirmative action practices were incorporated into the college admissions process, with the objective of ending institutional discrimination based on race, creed, color or national origin. In the decades since, several court cases have refined the way that colleges and universities can address racial inequality in college admissions. Although the Supreme Court has generally supported diversity as a governmental and public interest, what that actually means in terms of incorporating diversity into the admissions process continues to be debated on at the highest level of government, on college campuses and in the courts. Many selective
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