Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Study reveals Millennials oppose affirmative action

Millennials may frequently take more liberal stances on issues than their parents, but when it comes to affirmative action, this may not always be the case.
A survey conducted by MTV asked 3,000 Millennials ages 14 to 24 their thoughts on race-related issues, including affirmative action for college acceptance, in May. And what it found was seemingly paradoxical: 90 percent of Millennials surveyed “believe that everyone should be treated the same regardless of race,” yet 88 percent opposed affirmative action.
Thomas Greneker, a senior University of Georgia biology major from Valdosta, said it’s a “tricky debate” because diversity is so important. However, he said he does not think affirmative action is the fairest route to take when creating a diverse community.
“It’s not an equal approach in a push for equality,” Greneker said.
As a minority student, freshman pre-business major Emily Thompson from Augusta said sometimes minorities are left out of opportunities because of the color of their skin. However, she does not agree that race should be a determining factor for application processes.

“Diversity is important, but I don’t think that you should let people in specifically because of their race,” Thompson said.

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