Affirmative Action vs. Diversity

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Affirmative Action vs. Diversity Cara Graham 05/24/2012 Eng 308J Affirmative action is trying to accomplish the diversity of college students admitted. But diversity and affirmative action aren’t the same. Affirmative action is centered on moral and social responsibility to modify wrongs done in the past to those Americans who were not of the majority population. It focuses on taking positive steps to get individuals into the organization. Diversity works to change the culture of that organization. Diversity realizes the value in a mixture of varying cultures, backgrounds, and experiences. So, instead of accomplishing the diversity of college students admitted, it is acting as reverse discrimination. What is affirmative action though; it is the practice, which emerged in the 1960s as a result of efforts by the civil rights movement to get America to honor its original contract, that "all (people)are created equal." This process is done usually by institutions of giving preference to racial minorities or women when hiring, giving awards, or deciding whom to admit. Preferential treatment, instead of doing justice: violates right; the right of an applicant “to equal consideration”, the right to maximally competent to an open position, and the right of everyone to equal opportunity. Affirmative action is reverse discrimination it does the same injustice that the Jim Crow discrimination did, by violating the public equality which defines citizenship. Colleges may soon have to revamp the decades old efforts to promote racial diversity after the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to reconsider the constitutionality of affirmative action in admissions. But no matter how the court acts, recent history shows that when courts or new laws restrict affirmative action, colleges try to find other ways to increase minority admission. For instance, comprehensive review, which
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