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Affirmative Action As Nick Catoggio went to his mailbox he knew that his acceptance letter from Harvard University had arrived Although Nick was nervous he knew that his hard work in high school had gained him admission into one of the worlds most prestigious institutions of higher learning Because of his grade point average of 40 in high school his numerous extracurricular activities and a combined score of 1440 on his SATs Nick believed that he would almost be guaranteed admission to Harvard When he opened the letter however he was shattered when he read the words We regret to inform you He immediately called his friend Richard Sahk who had also applied to tell him his news and to see if Richard had received his letter from Harvard Richard said Yeah Nick I got in Nick was astonished Richards GPA was only 37 and he receive a combined score of 1100 on his SATs After a long pause he replied Its because Im black Nick Richard felt bad for his friend Both he and Nick had realized that he was accepted by Harvard because of his race Nick was mad because he was qualified and didnt get in Richard felt upset because he wasnt as qualified as Nick but was admitted because of his race This is an anecdotal example of one of the many criticisms of affirmative action In fact the whole controversy over preferences based on race and gender has been debated ever since the Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964 I believe that Affirmative action should be discontinued this program is a new kind of discrimination to counter the past discrimination and this defeats the whole idea of the program Affirmative action is defined as a program ensuring that a predetermined proportion of jobs or college admissions
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