Poll: Do You Agree With Trump Administration That Affirmative Action Is Basically Race-Based Discrimination In Colleges And Universities
According to an internal document obtained by the New York Times, the Trump administration is planning on taking on race-based discrimination on college and university campuses.
The document, addressed to the civil rights division, was seeking lawyers interested in taking part in a new project.
The project involves litigation against “intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions.”
Though the document did not specifically call it by name, the understanding is that the “raced-based discrimination” is a reference to Affirmative Action.
Affirmative Action is the policy of hiring workers or accepting new students, not based on the content of their character or based upon their abilities, but instead on the color of their skin or their gender.
Such policies were originally intended to end and correct discrimination against people of color in the United States. They have since been expanded so that places of businesses and universities create artificial quotas to ensure that their workforce and student bodies are “fair.”
However, opponents of Affirmative Action argue that the policies have served their purpose, are outdated, and engaging in such practices are only a form of reverse discrimination.
They would say that admission and hiring practices should be based on merit and ability, not on an individual’s appearance.
Proponents of such policies argue that Affirmative Action is still necessary in modern America, claiming that the nation is still a place where African Americans and women are at a disadvantage to their non-minority and male peers.
Where do you fall on the issue?
Is Affirmative Action outdated and in need of going away, or should it remain on college campuses?
Take the poll below, and let us know what you think.
Source: The New York Times