No. I sometimes wonder if those who believe affirmative action helps race relations have ever stepped onto a university campus. The fact of the matter is this: Racial groups hang together. Each race has its own student organization and, in some cases, two or three. Blacks on most campuses have the African Student Union, the African-American Student Association, or the Black Student Association. Hispanics have MEChA, an organization founded with the goal of "liberating" the Southwest region of the United States from "the foreign Europeans." Muslims on many campuses have the Muslim Student Association, an organization that has been investigated for its ties to terrorism.
Groups even have their own "studies" department at most major universities. Afro-American Studies. Jewish Studies. Chicano Studies. Gay and Lesbian Studies. Native American Studies. Green-Eyed People with One Ear and Mesopotamian Ancestry Studies.
Cliquishness isn't necessarily a bad thing. Everyone has the right to freedom of association. But the fact that racial divides on campus are so great indicates that the overriding value the Supreme Court places on diversity is misguided at the least.
So the question becomes: Whom does affirmative action hurt? If qualified students get higher grades, great! If underqualified students get to attend a high-level college, terrific! It's a win-win situation!
Not exactly. Diversity admittees are simply not qualified to attend high-level universities. Studies show that students admitted through affirmative action or diversity programs are substantially more likely to drop out. Their grades are substantially lower than those of their more qualified counterparts.
The heavy emphasis on race also places a stigma on qualified minority students. When a white student asks a silly question during class, everyone just takes it for what it is: a dumb question. When a black student makes an inane comment, the student is automatically labeled by classmates as an underachiever allowed by the good graces of society to play with the smart kids.
What about those students unable to get into schools because their slots are taken by the less qualified minorities? Why do proponents of diversity fail to realize that those who get hurt by the system might develop animosity toward those who benefit?
As for me, I'm sitting pretty. I get to ride the bubble of grade inflation. I'm excluded from most racial cliques. I just come to school, take the tests, get the grades and go home. This must be what the Supreme Court means by "educational benefits that flow from a diverse student body."
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