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The Pendulum of Discrimination Swinging to Reason Over the last century mankind has made significant increases in the fight against discrimination Pioneers such as Rosa Parks Martin Luther King Jr and Susan B Anthony have made progress in this fight One would be completely ignorant to say discrimination does not exist today although there is evidence that reactionary policies have been taken too far ultimately creating reverse discrimination When the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was created it provided protection for all persons regardless of race color or national origin Today colleges and employers are given quotas and are forced to turn down qualified applicants based on their race or sex One could easily interpret this as completely unconstitutional Not only is this an injustice it creates a sense of inadequacy for both mainstream and minority groups Affirmative action in higher education is creating an unfair environment for students who study and succeed in academics Today students can gain entrance to colleges without meeting that colleges requirements simply so the college can maintain diversity Two wrongs do not make a right It was unfair to treat minorities without equality in the past therefore it is wrong to treat majorities without equality in the present Our country has progressed too far in the fight against discrimination to allow discrimination to exist in higher education due to affirmative action Today there are far too many colleges which rely on race religion sex or heritage to determine which students gain acceptance There are many instances where discrimination can be seen as the determining factor An excellent example of this discrimination can be witnessed in this short writing by the Professor of Management and Public Policy at UCLA John Wilson 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
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