Does Affirmative Action Help?
I was reading a story about the oral arguments about to be made before the Supreme Court regarding the challenges to the affirmative action programs at two colleges, University of North Carolina, and Harvard. The authors of the article, Mark Sherman and Hannah Schoenbaum, expressed concern regarding the conservative majority overturning years of affirmative action. Click for Article
In support of the continuation of Affirmative Action, the authors point to U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggs decision in upholding the University’s program, that “minority students at the University still report being confronted with racial epithets, as well as feeling isolated, ostracized, stereotyped and viewed as tokens in a number of University spaces.”
Yet in another article published by Patterson Sheehan on June 21, 2021, a female student at the UNC-Chapel Hill, she expressed that she loved her time at the University, but had to hide her conservative feelings. “I am keen to the realty that my political foundations differ from the vast majority of my Tar Heel peers.” Click for Article
It is interesting to note that she feared that she would offend her classmates by wearing a sweatshirt resulting in a backlash from her fellow students. On a bathroom stall someone etched the words “It’s not okay to be a Republican because it harms people.” Her article goes on to compare how republicans and conservatives are treated versus how liberals or democrats are treated. If the words that were etched in the stall said Democrat instead it would be reported as front-page news across the nation.
So accordingly, UNC is a liberal democrat school, pretty much like most colleges as students tend to lean more liberal than conservative. You can see this in the news all the time with how these liberal students are constantly protesting against anyone or anything that expresses a conservative viewpoint.
If that is so true, then why are minority students at these schools expressing the viewpoint as pointed out in Judge Biggs decision. Shouldn’t these other “White” liberal students be welcoming minority students with open arms and supporting the minority student with everything they have. That is a significant contrast from the alleged belief system that these liberal students profess to have to the actual reality of their actions. Students must be taught to be open to all ideas and that all people are equal. At that point can we toss out the need to set raced based standards.
I think the Supreme Court should uphold the program as long as race is but one of many considerations in a student’s application, and toss the program if race is the sole deciding factor.