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Affirmative Action 39C

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Iryna Sulimova

on 21 March 2014

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Transcript of Affirmative Action 39C

Kennedy's Action of
Affirmative Action as a Disguise for Racial Inequality
Civil Rigths Movement
University of California Regents v Bakke
Hopwood v. University of Texas
Bill 588, "Uniform Admission Policy"
Grutter v. Bollinger
Fisher v. University of Texas
Kennedy's Executive Order 10925 (the intro of the action)
Nixon's Philadelphia Order (reintroduction of the action)
Nixon's Action of
the controversy
i.e. - Top Ten
Beginning of Civil Rights Movement
- allows to focus on the general issue at hand

- fixes rather than masks the problem

- helps direct the funds and power towards fixing the issue
approach of
approach of
- focuses on portraying the desirable outcome

- ignores the underlying issue that causes that outcome

- ultimately does not fix any particular issue

- simply appeases the public's indignation
Uniform Admission Policy
Affirmative Action = reverse discrimination?
Fisher v. University of Texas
but is her case about inequality?
1998 - today

top 10% of high school students are automatically admitted to the Texas university of their choice

no other characteristics are considered

for the other 90% of the graduating class, the admission process is race consious
or Top Ten
Success of Affirmative Action and Top Ten
restored diversity at the public flagships

how can diversity be bad?

address only the physical appearance of the students

entirely replace the factor of personal experience with the label of race ->

altogether fail to affect the issue of racial inequality

Top Ten's success depends on racial and ethnic segregation
Affirmative Action Policies:
well, if diversity policies are so
then how can we fix the racial inequality?
"the carefully engineered appearance of great racial progress"
Michelle Alexander
meant to establish diversity

does not establish what it represents:
among classes and races
because it focuses on

rather than
the roots of inequality
minorities come from highly segregated, poor neighborhoods

poor people suffer from the lack of proper educaiton

high-poverty schools have more under qualified teachers
suceeded at raising minority rates on campuses
well, since...
need to find the root of inequality
Fighting Inequality
- raise awareness about the low educational level of imoverished neighborhoods in Texas
- eliminate race as a factor from the admissions
- bring public attention and direct the officials' power to
the roots
of racial discrepancy:
low quality of the K-12 education in the segregated, poverty stricken neighborhoods
Affirmative Action
misrepresentation of minorities on campus
it is
an indicator

of the
desperate need for reforms
of the educational system
not the cause
of racial inequality
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