The Supreme Court will revisit the use of affirmative action next week. They are looking to determine whether race still needs to be factored into the college admission process and if race-neutral admissions are actually effective.

It’s hard to predict what their ruling will be as there is evidence to support both sides of the argument. A recent study may sway them against affirmative action. A study, which will come out Wednesday, shows that out of the nine states that partake in race-neutral admissions, several have been able to foster a diverse campus without affirmative action. However, UCLA has experienced a decrease in minority enrollments after abandoning affirmative action.

There’s also a lot of discussion around affirmative action for class instead of race. Some argue that it’s less likely for universities to embrace programs that support students from low-income communities in need of financial assistance, then to recruit students of color from middle and upper class backgrounds.

As a graduate from one of the top universities in the country, I was plagued by claims from white students that I wouldn’t be able to attend college with them had it not been for affirmative action. (I like to think I proved them wrong by graduating on time and with honors). I also remember being alarmed that there were hardly any African-Americans on campus. The number of black students from low-income families was even lower.

It’s my opinion that affirmative action for race and class is still very much needed, but what’s yours, Clutchettes? Should the college application process still include race preferences, or should race-neutral policies be adopted?

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  • Tonton Michel

    There is only one way I would agree with ending raced based admissions or AA and that’s if they also got rid of all other admission loop holes including legacies and especially student athletes, (and that’s coming from some one who loves sports). Make it fair across the board, if your going to claim that people should be admitted to college based on academic merit makes it a law. I will vote for that with out hesitation.

  • S.

    With institutions like Slavery, Jim Crow, the Black Codes and institutionalize racism, Whites in America have been benefiting from the original Affirmative Action for the past 400+ years

    When you look around American neighborhoods, schools and the workforce, the effect of such institutions is as clear as day

  • Mademoiselle

    I was really torn on how to approach this subject, but I think I side with Tonton Michel most, and a couple others. The main things for me are that I’m not in favor of just about any system of privilege and exclusion, but I am very much in favor of widespread equal dissemination of education and information. For those reasons, I agree with TM that AA can go away when legacies go away, and especially “student-athletes” (but that’s a conversation in itself considering I’m anti-school sponsored athletics outside of physical education classes. I also agree that AA should go away when more concerted efforts are made at primary ed levels to ensure all students are thoroughly encouraged and prepared for successful lives after high school. In the end, I would love for college to become a race-neutral admissions, but I can’t support it until college prep is made race neutral.

    As far as this case is concerned though, I think the SC will vote against AA considering the racial stats of Texas and the stance the SC took during the U of M trial.