Affirmative action generally means giving preferential treatment to minorities in admission to universities or employment in
government & businesses. The policies were originally developed to correct decades of discrimination and to
give disadvantaged minorities a boost. The diversity of our current society as opposed to that of 50 years ago seem to
indicate the programs have been a success. But now, many think the policies are no longer needed and that they lead to more
problems than they solve.
One notable example is a case argued a few years back in the Supreme Court concerning admissions to the University of Michigan.
The school had a policy of rating potential applicants on a point system. Being a minority student
earned you more than twice
as many points as achieving a perfect SAT score. Three white students sued citing this as raced-based discrimination.
School officials said that diversity is desirable and affirmative action is the only way to achieve true diversity.
case in 2009 involved firefighters whose captain's exams were thrown out
after it was determined not enough minorities passed. Several other cases involving affirmative action have followed similar
The following sections explore the issue and show how things are much more complicated.
In response to white assistant coach Yoast's favorable, easier treatment of black players on the
"Now I may be a mean cuss. But I'm the same mean cuss with everybody out there on that football
field. The world don't give a damn about how sensitive these kids are, especially the black kids.
You ain't doin' these kids a favor by patronizing them. You're crippling them;
you're crippling them for life." --Coach Boone in Remember the Titans
(played by Denzel Washington)