Conservatives oppose Affirmative Action under the premise that placing students in schools in favor of their race deprives White students of a place. They suggest that such favoritism deprives these White students of their rights. I suggest this is a false premise. Here is why.
One bedrock notion of Affirmative Action is that the students who have been given placement in favor of their race were originally deprived of their educational rights. In depriving them of their rights, an undue benefit was given to someone else who was given their seat, the White student. Showing the preference to the student of color didn’t deprive the White student of his her benefit, it removed the undue benefit, returning the benefit to the student of color.
We need to stop looking at affirmative action as relieving White students of a benefit. That simply isn’t the case. Because students of color have been discriminated against in assigning enrollment – either at college or earlier in their school experience where they didn’t get the benefit of a better education – because they were students of color, affirmative action seeks to relieve the injury of discrimination and, thus, the loss of due benefit in school enrollment. White students who miss out on enrollment because of it have not been denied a benefit because it was no more due them than it was denied them when other White students were enrolled in their place.
The cases argued before the U.S. Supreme Court were poorly argued. The schools arguing on behalf of affirmative action allowed the opposing side to argue that White students were deprived of a right or a benefit. Until we come to the realization those White students were not entitled to enrollment simply because they were White in deference to the students of color and were not “robbed” of some inalienable right in the process, educational equality will never be won for the millions of students in America who are robbed of their rights simply because of the color of their skin.
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) under the direction of Attorney General Jeff Sessions is now looking to prosecute universities and colleges that have enrolled students of color under Affirmative Action policies based on the idea that it discriminates against White students. White students are not suffering any such discrimination. Far from it. They have enjoyed a much better education at the expense of others through the very discrimination they decry they themselves have suffered. This is simply moronic posturing by the attorney general and the Trump Administration.
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