A very simple trivial example of how two people of different races don't get the same out of the same educational system:The book I use for my "chemistry for poets" class goes into an explanation about protein folding by using the chemistry involved in getting a hair perm as an example. The book assumes that everyone will simply believe that this means the chemistry involved with making ones hair curly. Sitting in front of a class that was half white/half black to discuss this portion of the text really hit home how something this simple can put a black student at a disadvantage.
This topic is not supposed to be heated or emotional! I just have some basic questions that I would like answered. Call me dumb about the topic, but don't call me mean! AFF AXN Definition:A policy or a program that seeks to redress past discrimination through active measures to ensure equal opportunity, as in education and employment.1) If I was rejected from an Ivy for undergrad even though I have the same scores as an URM that was accepted to the same Ivy, and I now attend an average public undergrad..then isnt that a form of discrimination...and shouldnt I be given an advantage ("to redress past discrimination") over that URM when I apply to Graduate programs?2) Must each individual that recieves affirmative action prove a specific example of when someone previously discriminated against them? 3) Does attending the same University not provide an equal opportunity? How can affirmative action persist past undergrad (i totally understand this effort to provide people from different socioeconomic backgrounds the same opportunity)? And if it does, then shouldn't it only exist to even the playing field between Harvard Graduates and Random Community College graduates?Again, nothing hateful...only clarification please !
A very simple trivial example of how two people of different races don't get the same out of the same educational system:Sitting in front of a class that was half white/half black to discuss this portion of the text really hit home how something this simple can put a black student at a disadvantage.
Quote2) but when that rationale started to lose its force, proponents of race preferences took to heart the concept adopted by US Supreme Court Justice Powell (alone among his brethren) in the 1978 Bakke case, that race preferences could be justified by the concept of diversity, all by itself; you didn't need to show that an individual had him- or herself suffered from discrimination; diversity meant that the unique contribution that someone with a different background makes to an institution is enough. In other words, even if (hypothetically) there were no discrimination against minorities still existent, you still wouldn't want to have nothing but nordic types in a truly vibrant campus, you need all sorts of people so that true understanding and sharing of ideas takes place.And that remains the prevailing rationale for race preferences in the US today.QuoteThank you! you have shed light on one of my biggest points of confusion! So maybe you can help me with one more clarification...how does a difference in race yield a bigger abundance of differing ideas than a difference in personality, or a difference in favorite authors or interests?