#AffirmativeAction is trending on social media as news came out that President Donald Trump and his administration are considering the possibility of investigating affirmative-action practices on college campuses. Now, social media users are debating the strengths and weaknesses of having such a system in place in college admissions.
According to a New York Times report citing internal documents from the US Justice Department’s civil rights division, the DOJ is reportedly seeking lawyers who would be tasked with investigating, and possibly suing, higher-education institutions over alleged “intentional race-based discrimination.”
The program, if implemented, would be run out of the civil-rights division’s front office so that Trump’s political appointees, and not the division’s career employees, could oversee its operation. Though not citing any advantage to any specific ethnic group, some critics view it as potentially targeting so-called reverse discrimination against white applicants.
Here are some reactions to #AffirmativeAction on social media. What do you think of the Trump administration’s new focus on affirmative action in college admissions? Can you share with us a story about how it helped or hurt you? Let us know in the comments section.
If you want to understand the importance of #AffirmativeAction, just count the number of unqualified white men in the White House.
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) August 2, 2017
Every American, regardless of race, deserves equal protection under law. Yes, democrats, this means white people, too.#AffirmativeAction
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) August 2, 2017
Why do colleges give blacks 200+ points on SATS and subtract 150 from Asians’ solely by virtue of their skin? #AffirmativeAction must go.
— Ricky Vaughn 2.0 (@RapinBill) August 2, 2017
When only 4% of Fortune 500 CEO’s and 15% of small business owners are minorities the system itself promotes inequality #AffirmativeAction
— ♻️ Christopher Zullo (@ChrisJZullo) August 2, 2017
don’t forget that the largest demo to benefit from #AffirmativeAction is white women so miss me w/ that “blacks just get free college” mess
— Mamoudou N’Diaye (@MamoudouNDiaye) August 2, 2017
— Bree Newsome (@BreeNewsome) August 2, 2017
I went to one of the best schools in the world & the dumbest kids there were easily the rich white ones who had their own #affirmativeaction
— Lana Dsa Convensheon (@LanaDelRaytheon) August 2, 2017
The Democrat Party to Black Americans:
“You’re too stupid to get into college without our help.”
— Mark Romano (@TheMarkRomano) August 2, 2017
#AffirmativeAction is degrading & bigoted.
Dem politicians thinks we Blacks are too stupid to achieve anything on our own merit.
— LATiffani (@LATiffani1) August 2, 2017
Affirmative action, as it exists in U.S. colleges and universities, seeks to eliminate discrimination in the higher education admissions process by recruiting and incentivizing traditionally excluded groups like minority students or women.
In defense of Affirmative Action, GQ published an article stating:
People’s outrage over affirmative action is almost always the result of convenient scapegoating. If everyone who claimed that they didn’t get into a school due to affirmative action actually didn’t get into a school for that reason, then you’d think our universities would mostly be made up of people of color, but we all know that’s not the case. It’s just easier for disappointed kids or parents to blame the specter of affirmative action than it is for them to accept that maybe they just didn’t quite make the grade—despite the fact that, systematically speaking, a white student has enjoyed far more racial privilege than the black kid who is getting slightly preferential treatment this one time.
Do you agree with this assessment about affirmative action? Would you like to see the Trump administration take on this issue? Let us know in the comments section.