Should affirmative action policies, which give preferential treatment based on minority status, be eliminated?


"Affirmative action does not lead to true diversity."



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"Affirmative action does not lead to true diversity."

The Argument: Diversity of opinion is important in an academic community, but racial diversity is not. Affirmative action provides an advantage to some people because of the color of their skin, an attribute not relevant to the academic mission of a college. There are many factors which constitute a student's perspective, but affirmative action gives preferential treatment based exclusively on race, a purely external characteristic.


"Affirmative action does not help really disadvantaged groups."

The Argument: In many cases, affirmative action does not achieve its goal of helping disadvantaged minority groups. Instead, it perpetuates socioeconomic inequalities by making it easy for members of racial minorities from privileged backgrounds to get into prestigious colleges while not helping members of the lower classes.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION
After reading the arguments for and against Affirmative Action, come up with the opposition’s response to each of the points made with your quad.

FOR AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

"Affirmative action allows for fair evaluation of candidates by making up for existing social inequalities."

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"A diverse student body creates a better learning environment."
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"Lowering standards for under-represented groups raises the quality of the student body."

Response: __________________________________________________________________________


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