subtle wrote:What is the point of affirmative action discussions? People's opinions tend to be set, and until you're in a position of power (let's say determining the policy for law school admissions) your opinion doesn't matter all that much.
Besides, affirmative action is not about individuals. Certainly, there are individual minorities who are much more well off than individual whites. That said, affirmative action is an imperfect attempt to correct overarching patterns for entire groups, not specific individuals. That specific individuals benefit speaks to the fact that it's not perfect. But life is neither perfect nor fair.
No! Don't be quiet! Don't except people's incorrect rationale as ok. Don't just say "People's opinions tend to be set," continue to point to their flaws in reasoning so they can learn the truth, or at least the full opinion of the opposing side.
I'm not looking for any sympathy, I just want people to understand that he did not deserve to get that spot. I know that most of you think that minorities are entitled to huge advantages for any who have even the slightest amount of ambition, but that's wrong. People are entitled to what they earn
. Under the same testing conditions as everyone else, he scored remarkably lower than the average acceptance of the schools he's gotten into. That is inherently unfair. And to be smug about it is worse. I know people who deserve that spot and I can tell you with absolute certainty that they worked harder than him. I'm sorry to point this person out specifically, but it is part of a larger point. Complacence on this issue will only foster greater aggravation and disdain towards this attitude of false achievement. So congrats on getting in, that doesnt change the fact that intellectually, you're nowhere near your future classmates.