Friday, September 24, 2010

Colorblind views detrimental to affirmative action debate

The Miscellany News
By Ocasio Willson
Guest Columnist
Published: Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Updated: Thursday, September 23, 2010 18:09

After reading "Socioeconomic diversity, lacking on college campuses, must be supported" (09.08.10) by Joshua Rosen '13 in The Miscellany News, which discusses socioeconomic affirmative action, I felt compelled to bring a new understanding of race-based affirmative action to this debate. This is intended for proponents and opponents alike who subscribe to Rosen's view on colorblindness and view affirmative action as racial preferences or quotas.
While Rosen says he is not a proponent of race-based affirmative action, he thinks the best version of affirmative action should be based on socioeconomic background. He argues, "since, in colleges, the ‘underrepresentation of low-income students is even greater' than that of racial minorities, it would be better, in the interest of greater equality, for socioeconomic affirmative action, which does not discriminate based on race." Rosen goes a step further and condemns affirmative action, through his quoting of Justice Lewis Powell's opinion in the Supreme Court case Regents of the University of California v. Bakke (1978), as "aiding victims at the expense of the innocent."

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