As our senior year comes to a close with the last academic week of the school year starting Monday, perhaps it’s only fitting to write this last blog post about a controversial issue that ravages the colleges in the United States year after year.
Affirmative Action (also called positive discrimination) is a program that seeks to aid minority groups by providing special opportunities. As seventeen and eighteen year olds, we see affirmative action in work during our senior year as we apply for colleges. If you’re just 1/8 Native American or 1/4 African American or 1/2 Hispanic, you have a significantly higher chance of being accepted to the college of your dreams than the chance of a student who is more or less equal to you scholarship wise and service wise, but falls short with a lack of ethnic diversity.
Not in Michigan though. A law was recently upheld in a Supreme Court ruling that banned “publicly funded colleges [in Michigan] from granting ‘preferential treatment to any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin.'” Now instead of basing college admission decisions partly on race, admissions boards must take into consideration all the things a prospective student has accomplished and achieved, not the skin color he or she was born with. This ban was upheld 6-2 in the Supreme Court, with the American population giving an 84% approval rating as of April 27th, noting that just because it’s considered “positive” discrimination, our country is slowly working to reach a point of no type of discrimination at all. It’s important that issues like these continue to be fought for, whether locally or nationally, because as a nation that prides itself on equal opportunity, affirmative action leads our country in a backwards direction.