The Reinstatement of the UC Admissions Policy is Unnecessary.
Many minorities have been mistreated in the past and in some way they still are, but that does not give us the right to discriminate whites just because they discriminated minorities before. Focusing on African Americans, they were discriminated through slavery. Slavery did not end till the end of the Civil War. Many people ignore the fact that "for several hundred years, Negroes have been discriminated against not as individuals, but rather solely because of the color of their skins." Government must find a way to stop discrimination from happening. The University of California formally adopted race and ethnicity as factors in the admissions process in 1964 (Douglass, 241). By adopting the race factor into the admissions process affirmative action at the UC was admitted. There are many different definitions for affirmative action. Affirmative action are laws that give a remedy for current and past discrimination to promote diversity, or to do something else (Edley, 231). Affirmative action is also any efforts taken to expand opportunity for women or racial, ethnic and national origin minorities by using membership in those groups that have been subjects to discrimination as a consideration (231). By 1974, California's legislature ratified a statute signed by the University of California Board of Regents and the university community: that the "undergraduates admissions of the university reflect the general ethnic, sexual and economic composition of California high school graduates" (241). There were many arguments over the debate of affirmative action. One example would be the court case Regents of the University of California v. Bakke (1977). Allen Bakke, who is a white male, applied to the Davis .
Medical School in both 1973 and 1974 and was rejected twice. Both years his application was considered under the general admissions program.