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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