Blog: Affirmative Action in College

This blog was written for my JRN 400 class and published on our class website on March 22, 2012.

Affirmative Action in College

by Nicole LaChance

In a recent opinion piece in the Chicago Tribune, columnist Esther J. Cepeda commented on the Supreme Court’s decision to rule on affirmative action in college admissions. Cepeda believes the policy should be eliminated so minority students will get more respect for their work and skills and not be seen solely as the benefactors of an admissions policy. She describes her experiences as being the “official Hispanic” in her graduate program, where everyone assumed she got a full ride scholarship because of her ethnicity, not her abilities.

This article really made me think. It has always been a confusing issue, as I can easily understand the reasoning behind both sides of the argument. On the one hand, the policy does allow underrepresented groups to attend universities they may not otherwise be able to attend. On the other hand, minority students may get more respect if everyone knew they were admitted 100% on merit. I just can’t seem to form a solid opinion.

What do you think of affirmative action? Should the Supreme Court abolish or uphold it?

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