UCLA Protest for Affirmative Action
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?