The Pros And Cons Of Affirmative Action

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Since the 1960s, Americans have regularly debated the merits of policies favoring members of groups frequently targeted by discrimination. Here are the pros and cons of affirmative action:


  • Diversifies bank’s pool of future student loan debtors
  • Allows white people to feel good about the places they go to school
  • Most convenient way for racists to call into question minorities’ achievements
  • Protects equality in the workplace for next few years until androids replace entire U.S. workforce
  • Intermediate Fiction Seminar could really benefit from having a wider variety of voices
  • Easiest way for nation to skate by doing the bare minimum to address pervasive racial inequality


  • Nation’s long history of racial grievances already solved by Civil Rights Act of 1957
  • Distracts from true measures of academic preparedness, such as SAT scores and parents’ presence on school’s alumni board
  • Acknowledges existence of race
  • Some students might arrive on campus unprepared for the cutthroat sorority rush process
  • My Declan definitely should’ve gotten into Penn
  • Is potentially unfavorable to a different group of people than usual