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Minority Programs

April 3, 2016 | Author: | Posted in english literature, literature and language

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed : `We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal ‘ I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character ‘ Dr Martin Luther King , Jr . spoke these words in 1963 , helping to inspire and mobilize supporters of desegregation (Mount . The next year , the Civil [banner_entry_middle]

Rights Act was passed , guaranteeing equal rights to people of all color , race or creed . Soon thereafter , affirmative action was introduced to create equality in the workplace and institutions of higher education . Yet , while the dream of Dr . King was partially realized through the inception of affirmative action , the reality is that it in fact perpetuated a mindset that continues to judge people not by the content of their character but the color of their skin

Originally conceived as a means to redress discrimination , minority set aside programs have created racial preferences that have instead promoted discrimination . And rather than fostering harmony and integration , these preferences have divided many businesses and college campuses across the country . In no other area of public life is there a greater disparity between the rhetoric of preferences and the reality than with affirmative action . Take , for instance , the claim that racial preferences help the “disadvantaged ” In reality , as the Hoover Institution ‘s Thomas Sowell has observed , preferences primarily benefit minority applicants from middle- and upper-class backgrounds . In colleges with quotas for affirmative action , preferences actually hurt poor whites and even many Asians , who meet admissions standards in disproportionate numbers (Sacks and Thiel . If preferences were truly meant to remedy disadvantage , they would be given on the basis of disadvantage , not on the basis of race , so that a poor , qualified white student would stand a better chance of being admitted than the under-qualified son of a black doctor

Instead of a remedy for disadvantage , many supporters now claim that preferences promote “diversity ” This same push for “diversity ” also has led colleges like Stanford University to create racially segregated dormitories , racially segregated freshman orientation programs , racially segregated graduation ceremonies and curricular requirements in race theory and gender studies . But if “diversity ” were really the goal then preferences would be given on the basis of unusual characteristics not on the basis of race . The underlying assumption — that only minorities can add certain ideas or perspectives — is offensive not merely because it is untrue but also because it implies that all minorities think a certain way

The only way to create a society of equality is to stop giving preference based on arbitrary criteria . Americans must adhere to the values of its founding fathers , the voices of civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King , and create a society based on character and ability not mandated preferences . A good example why this is… [banner_entry_footer]


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