One factor that has affected many entering college in the last 30 years is the idea of affirmative action, where a race or a particular group of people receive preferential treatment over others. Many ethnic minorities, such as blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans, wouldn't have been in college if it hadn't been for the affirmative action plan. Scholarships which were geared specifically toward minorities or women have often been the difference between a college being more diverse and not being so(I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU MEAN BY DIVERSE? iN WHAT WAYS? cAN YOU GIVE A COUPLE OF EXAMPLES? aLSO TRY TO REWORD IT SO IT DOESN'T END IN SO.
Affirmative action sounds like a pretty good system, doesn't it? The only problem is that it discriminates against the larger portion of the population, namely whites and men. Should a previously discriminated race be the recipient of reverse discrimination against its one-time aggressors, or should everyone be given an equal opportunity? I tend to side with Martin Luther King, Jr. when he gave his famous "I Have A Dream" speech: "I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." I also must agree with our "Declaration of Independence" when it declares: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Affirmative action does not create equality but is one of the most foul injustices currently allowed to occur in this country today.
Affirmative action originally began in the United States to remedy the past discrimination against minorities, particularly African-Americans. It was introduced during President Lyndon Johnson's administration under the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964.