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Twenty-three similarly qualified African Americans applied for admission and 14 were admitted. . These statistics have a significant bearing on petitioner’s case. Respondents have never offered any race-specific arguments explaining why significantly more individuals from one underrepresented minority group are needed in order to achieve “critical mass” or further student body diversity. They certainly Preferences Are Harmful 63 public interest law firm, argued: “A plausible and harmful effect of the University of Michigan’s race-based policy is that it brands the admitted minority students as underachievers who need assistance in the form of preferences to gain entry to the university.
1 Supporters of affirmative action vigorously dispute claims 32 Racism Still Pervades Society that racism has diminished to the point that affirmative action is no longer justified. In his essay “Ten Myths About Affirmative Action,” psychology professor Scott Plous writes: “Despite the progress that has been made, the playing field is far from level. . Black people continue to have twice the unemployment rate of white people, twice the rate of infant mortality, and just over half the proportion of people who attend four years or more of college.
Her family brought a lawsuit in federal court 2 that ultimately forced the school system to rethink its quotas. Critics of racial preferences say that schools, employers, and governments cannot help some deserving people without inadvertently hurting others. • If quotas on “disadvantaged” minorities are illegal, should caps on other minorities or whites be legal? Minorities suffer from stigma even if they do not benefit from affirmative action. ’s story—that his classmates had dismissed his achievements and credited affirmative action for his admission to Harvard—is unfortunately all too typical, opponents of racial preferences say.
Affirmative Action by Alan Marzilli