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Should Affirmative Action Be Done Away With?

It would be fairer without it

It is beneficial & needed

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Affirmative Action has many drawbacks, and its guidelines are rightly being rescinded by President Trump, argues Roger Clegg of National Review. Ethnicity and skin color should not be considered when choosing students for college admittance. Merit should be the primary factor. Students of Asian origin have suffered from it at Harvard, which has led to a lawsuit against the university. Additionally, pushing certain students into colleges they might not be fully qualified for could result in them getting worse grades than those around them. This could lead to them failing classes and needless hurt. America’s multi-ethnic society shouldn’t be divided this way.

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Affirmative Action is a positive force that encourages US colleges to be more diverse and inclusive, writes Adam Harris of The Atlantic. Currently, universities, especially elite ones, are overwhelmingly white. Children from nonwhite communities face barriers that go beyond socio-economic status. Affirmative Action helps less advantaged people have access to higher education and is the best way to ensure diversity on campus. Furthermore, it is used far more loosely than some believe. Harvard's admission practices caused a lawsuit over alleged discrimination against Asian students. Undoing these guidelines would hurt many nonwhite students.

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