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UCLA Protest for Affirmative Action

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I was walking to class at UCLA when all of a sudden I saw a big group of people protesting with signs and native drums. I had no idea what was going on, and what I got out of the two seconds I spent speaking with one of the guys, they were upset that Native Americans were underrepresented at UCLA. The guy also told me that they were against the passing of Proposition 209, which removed affirmative action out of California schools.

Proposition 209 largely prohibited state and local governments from classifying people by race or ethnicity, making school administrations look at applicants “holistically” instead of dividing up the sections of the application between people. This makes sense because it makes the school officials get a better understanding of the student, along with any hardships they may have encountered. It’s a great idea and I don’t understand why people have a problem with it. If anything, the holistic approach benefits the “minorities” because if they had any obstacles they encountered, it is better understood by the reader as they put the puzzle pieces together.

I asked the guy why someone who is more qualified should be rejected just so another student gets accepted for the mere fact of their race, and all he said to me was, “yeah, that’s what everyone says, I don’t know.” The dude was protesting and he didn’t even know why he was doing it. I’m sorry, but if one person is more qualified than another, it makes no sense to choose the less qualified person just because of their race… that’s what makes things racist! Asians are also minorities, but you don’t see them be considered a part of the bracket. And if that’s the approach we’re going to take, we’re all minorities because none of us can say that we are true Natives except for the Native Americans. Affirmative Action is just bologna and unfair.

How do you feel about it?


Written by Annie

April 8, 2009 at 2:17 pm

Posted in Elections, Politics

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11 Responses

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  1. I stand firmly against affirmative action and couldn’t agree with you more.


    April 11, 2009 at 2:52 am

  2. You’re so right. This actually helps them especially whether it be personal or economic hardships.


    April 11, 2009 at 4:03 pm

  3. I’m a minority and I’m against affirmative action as well. I don’t want people to give me “special treatment” because of my color, but look at me for who I am as a person.


    April 11, 2009 at 7:45 pm

  4. Affirmative action is NOT about letting in less qualified student into schools. Affirmative Action is about admitting a student who is equally qualified into a school but his race/gender/ethnicity is under represented. People do not fully understand affirmative action because they do not do any research on it.


    April 12, 2009 at 7:45 pm

  5. If the student is “equally qualified,” then they should be equally admitted; they won’t need affirmative action.


    April 12, 2009 at 7:49 pm

  6. lol they don’t realize that there aren’t that many Native Americans around in the first place.


    April 12, 2009 at 11:53 pm

  7. I was actually waiting for someone to bring that up so that I can give that same response and reference it to proportionality haha =)


    April 13, 2009 at 3:07 am

  8. Affirmative action is set up to give those individuals who are attempting to achieve something in their life have a normal chance at competing with other individuals who were born into a privileged lifestyle.
    Why should an individual, who grew up in a densely populated area, surrounded by inferior schools, lacking in social funding for libraries and after school activities such as tutoring, be punished because he didn’t grow up in a privileged neighborhood.
    The notion that all individuals are equal and that affirmative action allows less qualified individuals displace more qualified individuals is absurd. The more qualified individual is going to get into a good school regardless, hence him.her being more qualified. Why should an individual who grew up in low income housing, with immigrant parents, who had to work full-time while attending school full-time in order to pay the his share of the rent.
    I love how kids who don’t have to pay rent, and had their parents buy them a car for their bday hate affirmative action so much. It sure is nice when you have a privileged upbringing. Oh yeah, it totally makes sense to punish those who have to work even harder and struggle longer just to reach the average in education. Yeah, affirmative action sure does seem to punish the privileged. What a crock. Grow up poor, and then complain. The only ppl that have it worse off are poor white ppl, they’re definitely screwed. They get no funding whatsoever and still have to work as hard as the minorities.


    April 14, 2009 at 12:51 am

  9. You have no idea what my lifestyle was like growing up so you clearly can’t be talking about me in your comment, Frank. And the system that was implemented in place HELPS THOSE who you just brought up, because, and I quote, “administrations look at applicants ‘holistically’ instead of dividing up the sections of the application between people. This makes sense because it makes the school officials get a better understanding of the student, along with any hardships they may have encountered.”

    Affirmative action looks specifically at gender, race, etc. before anything else. The holistic approach is what puts into account all the things that matter and treats the person as an individual with whatever circumstances they encountered, instead of numbers that are pasted together.


    April 14, 2009 at 1:50 am

  10. I do not support affirmative action. And although not everyone comes from equal backgrounds, they should still be judged fairly and equally. People should be looked at wholly, not just based on race.


    April 18, 2009 at 4:59 pm

  11. I totally agree with you Annie that affirmative action based on race is wholly unfair and frankly, racist. It’s assuming that just because someone is a different race that they are somehow disadvantaged.

    I do believe people of a lower socioeconomic status and who live in really terrible school districts are legitimately disadvantaged, though, and studies show that admission into better universities helps break the cycle of poverty in many poor families/communities.

    Extra study supplements, supplies, extracurricular activities, extra SAT prep and training, and preschool/educational toys are all more plentiful to students from wealthy families, so it does make sense to create an affirmative action based on school district or socioeconomic status to help kids reach their potential. That way a poor white kid can get the leg up he needs and a rich one-sixteenth-native-american kid can’t take advantage of a leg up they don’t need.


    August 14, 2009 at 8:01 pm

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