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End to Affirmative Action? Jan. 26th, 2013 @ 09:42 AM Reply

There is a case in debate, Fisher vs University of Texas, that is possibly going to determine the ability of colleges to examine and/or make judgement on admissions based on race. Personally, I believe this is necessary, and that judgement should be primarily on family background, such as who if anyone has gone to college/high school in your family, income, and of course, the standard factors that allow admission: GPA, service hours, extra-curricular, awards/merits. How do you feel about this?


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Response to End to Affirmative Action? Jan. 26th, 2013 @ 11:46 AM Reply

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Response to End to Affirmative Action? Jan. 26th, 2013 @ 11:49 AM Reply

Being in college and stuff already I don't really give a shit, but I admit, finding out that as a while male I am the only type of person who has doesn't "have" to be accepted by the university I apply to , was kind of discouraging. From White females to everyone else, theres a certain quota the university has to meet admission wise.


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Response to End to Affirmative Action? Jan. 26th, 2013 @ 11:55 AM Reply

You're very right. Everyone's access should be equalled out - what everyone does with that access is down to how gifted they are and how hard they work.


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Response to End to Affirmative Action? Jan. 26th, 2013 @ 12:24 PM Reply

I believe that your abilities should determine your acceptance.


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Response to End to Affirmative Action? Jan. 26th, 2013 @ 01:22 PM Reply

It depends on the point of view...

From the point of view of the university and the other university students, yeah, it's a good idea to accept everybody based on individual merit. As long as there is no discrimination in the system, this works best.

From the wider point of view of society, well...
The question that comes into my mind is this: Why doesn't the demographic of the university population parallel the rest of the population anyway? Is it worth attempting to re-address this balance? Will giving certain groups an artificial advantage at university prove to be an effective tool in the arsenal?

Remember that some sectors of society (e.g. black people) haven't had the same advantages as others, and have been oppressed, etc. So even though some individuals might lose out, it might invest those sectors of society with:
Better education
Higher Aspirations
More money
Etc...

Also: Can society bear the load of accommodating those sectors? A strong society will be able to integrate them, but a weaker society might be better playing to its' strengths first, rather than trying to please everyone.

Then there's the whole thing about how people see different races, and racial equality. There is still a lot of anger because of the oppression of blacks. But I bet Mexicans are just as much of an issue in Texas, and I don't know anything about that really. Have you guys been oppressing Mexicans?!?

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Response to End to Affirmative Action? Jan. 26th, 2013 @ 02:29 PM Reply

At 1/26/13 01:59 PM, Travis wrote: Trashy people are trashy people no matter what their ethnicity is. The only thing that should be used to help future students is financial aid for income.

I was just saying.. what do about less fortunate sectors of society? Trashy people are people too, and doesn't a lot of their trashiness have to do with the conditions in which they grew up? How else do you explain it?

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Response to End to Affirmative Action? Jan. 26th, 2013 @ 03:49 PM Reply

At 1/26/13 12:24 PM, generalwinter wrote: I believe that your abilities should determine your acceptance.

This.

You shouldn't use completely irrelevant aspects of yourself to gain acceptance to a school.


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Response to End to Affirmative Action? Jan. 26th, 2013 @ 03:54 PM Reply

At 1/26/13 01:59 PM, Travis wrote:
It's 2013, who gives a flying fuck about race anymore...

are you stupid


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Response to End to Affirmative Action? Jan. 26th, 2013 @ 07:50 PM Reply

At 1/26/13 12:24 PM, generalwinter wrote: I believe that your abilities should determine your acceptance.

obviously, but you can't say one thing determines an ability level, many things do so, extra-curricular, GPA, essays, community service, etc... Therefore it is important to consider factors such as upbringing, and the person in question's ability to overcome various obstacles, mental trauma, lack of income, many things.


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Response to End to Affirmative Action? Jan. 26th, 2013 @ 10:53 PM Reply

At 1/26/13 05:09 PM, Travis wrote:
At 1/26/13 03:54 PM, TurkeyBased wrote:
At 1/26/13 01:59 PM, Travis wrote:
It's 2013, who gives a flying fuck about race anymore...
are you stupid
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3cGfrExozQ

Why racism persists because nobody can shut the fuck up about it.

you cant be serious
you cant be saying that that the way to end racism is to stop talking about it and ignore
it already "doesn't exist" as it is. I know it does. but no one in america will admit to it, unless they're some radical idiot.


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Response to End to Affirmative Action? Jan. 26th, 2013 @ 11:10 PM Reply

At 1/26/13 05:09 PM, Travis wrote:
Why racism persists because nobody can shut the fuck up about it.

That is such an intense over-simplification as to why racism exists.
No.


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Response to End to Affirmative Action? Jan. 26th, 2013 @ 11:36 PM Reply

At 1/26/13 11:26 PM, Travis wrote:
At 1/26/13 11:10 PM, SonicJ wrote:
At 1/26/13 05:09 PM, Travis wrote:
Why racism persists because nobody can shut the fuck up about it.
That is such an intense over-simplification as to why racism exists.
No.
You are an idiot.

Once people can look at everyone as a man or woman and not a black man or black woman, then racism is dead.

colorblindness is not effective and actually leads to racism (study from harvard)

Because in the end we are all just humans.

an oversimplification and ignorance of culture, SES, history etc

congrats on proving that you're blind to historical injustices faced by other races and would like to smooth over it now that it negatively affects you in the slightest way


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Response to End to Affirmative Action? Jan. 26th, 2013 @ 11:37 PM Reply

I think ti should just be for the hard working

im somewhat gifted I guess but lazy as fuck so never really went anywhere, but I knew I could if I tried.


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Response to End to Affirmative Action? Jan. 27th, 2013 @ 12:20 AM Reply

Thank fuck I dont live in america where I would have to pay for college and over-priced medical care.

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Response to End to Affirmative Action? Jan. 27th, 2013 @ 01:52 AM Reply

Seems obsolete now anyway.


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Response to End to Affirmative Action? Jan. 27th, 2013 @ 12:31 PM Reply

At 1/27/13 06:37 AM, Austerity wrote: Try not to think about this kind of stuff, even though affirmative action exists you can still increase your skill to the point where you won't be turned down for a job / school.

So why can't minorities do the same?


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Response to End to Affirmative Action? Jan. 27th, 2013 @ 09:34 PM Reply

At 1/27/13 12:31 PM, ohbombuh wrote:
At 1/27/13 06:37 AM, Austerity wrote: Try not to think about this kind of stuff, even though affirmative action exists you can still increase your skill to the point where you won't be turned down for a job / school.
So why can't minorities do the same?

you're either a troll, or an idiot, cause nobody said anything about a lack of ability based on race. Affirmative action makes it unfair for white men, which most people on this site are, meaning he is expressing a collective difficulty, and way to overcome it, if minorities are given the same level field, then yes, they will have to try harder for spots they were once given, because they were given admissions many of them didn't earn because they are a minority.


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Response to End to Affirmative Action? Jan. 27th, 2013 @ 11:53 PM Reply

At 1/27/13 09:34 PM, NinjaGuy wrote:
At 1/27/13 12:31 PM, ohbombuh wrote:
At 1/27/13 06:37 AM, Austerity wrote: Try not to think about this kind of stuff, even though affirmative action exists you can still increase your skill to the point where you won't be turned down for a job / school.
So why can't minorities do the same?
you're either a troll, or an idiot, cause nobody said anything about a lack of ability based on race.

Too bad affirmative action is given on the basis of race. If you plan to seriously argue it's about historical injustice, why does it apply equally to the descendants of slaves and those who stayed in Africa (to say nothing of other races)? We never had a colony there, so we don't owe them anything.

Affirmative action makes it unfair for white men, which most people on this site are, meaning he is expressing a collective difficulty, and way to overcome it, if minorities are given the same level field, then yes, they will have to try harder for spots they were once given, because they were given admissions many of them didn't earn because they are a minority.

Big surprise: I'm a white guy too. I don't really see why you're trying to argue with me by expanding my point, unless you simply misunderstood it. If the system is that clearly unfair, why should we keep it?


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Response to End to Affirmative Action? 2 weeks ago Reply

Isn't forcing a quota in colleges that changes the scales for students of different race in an unequal way racist and unconstitutional?

College acceptance should be determined by grades, not skin.
I think we should get rid of affirmative action.


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Response to End to Affirmative Action? 2 weeks ago Reply

At 4/7/14 03:27 PM, exudaz wrote: Isn't forcing a quota in colleges that changes the scales for students of different race in an unequal way racist and unconstitutional?

College acceptance should be determined by grades, not skin.
I think we should get rid of affirmative action.

Gee, I sure wouldn't have guessed that was your opinion unless you had bumped this year-old thread