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Question #26975 posted on 07/24/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is affirmative action:
a) racist?
b) needed?
c) both?
d) neither?

- Chris

A: Dear Chris,

Disregarding any statistics, here is my opinion:

a)Affirmative action includes racial profiling, which I dislike. Race should not increase or decrease one's chances of attaining higher education. If the government wishes to aid families with a history of low education to get more education, they should categorize them by their educational history, or perhaps even their income bracket, but not their race. Giving a particular race a lower standard for admittance to an educational institution is frankly, kind of insulting to that race. Also, lowering the bar for admittance just creates more problems - remedial classes, decrease in overall quality of education, etc. etc. (the whole idea of higher education is that it has a foundation upon which to build off of).

b) I don't know if we (as the USA) need affirmative action, but it may be nice to have some kind of assistance to those in poor neighborhoods who receive lower-quality education than those in rich neighborhoods. I mean, let's face it, if you live in a posh neighborhood and go to a great school, you are going to have an advantage over everyone else. The problem with affirmative action as I see it is that it's treating a symptom and not the cause of the problem. The cause of the problem is disparity in the public education system. While the symptoms need to be treated, a solution to the cause should also be in effect (and maybe it is, I'm pretty ignorant when it comes to current events).

There's my two cents.

-Whistler