A political science professor claims that “it makes little sense to continue” affirmative action and contends that the Supreme Court ruled incorrectly when it recently upheld the practice.
Kul B. Rai, professor emeritus of political science at Southern Connecticut State University, speculates in an op-ed for the Republican American that if universities were to continue using racial preferences in admissions decisions, it “clearly would be at the cost of deserving white students,” because student diversity is already largely in line with the overall population.
“The origin of affirmative action stems from the Civil Rights Act of 1964,” he observes, noting that “President Lyndon Johnson had advocated ‘equality as a result,’ not just equality of opportunity.”
Rai cites statistics pertaining to racial breakdowns of college students to prove that equality in higher education, as desired by Johnson, has already been achieved.
According to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, 16 percent of college students are Hispanic, 15 percent of college students are black, and 59 percent are white.
U.S. Census data, meanwhile, shows that Hispanics comprise 17 percent of the U.S. population, blacks constitute 12.3 percent, and whites make up 63 percent.
What this shows, says Rai, is that “Hispanic enrollment in colleges is nearly proportional to the Hispanic population, blacks are over-represented, and whites are under-represented.”
“In view of such data, it makes little sense to continue racial preferences in college admissions,” he contends. “If racial preferences in college admissions continue as the Supreme Court has ruled, it clearly would be at the cost of deserving white students.”
In addition to his claim that racial equality in higher education has already been achieved, Rai also argues that affirmative action measures cause…
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