First off, I don’t necessarily agree that it is UCLA’s job to make up for any sort of racial divide and give someone preferential treatment because of their race. But, lets put that aside, you mentioned that you used to believe if Affirmative Action is to exist, it should be based off of income as opposed to gender, or skin color. And I agree with this, but if we are to look at the graduation of black males (from High School) in Maine, we’ll see the rate is 97% (actually higher than white males) whereas in California, it is around 50%. Are the discrepancies in these numbers due to economic reasons? I’d certainly think so. Now, at the same time, do you believe an upper class Black male from Maine should get a place at UCLA as opposed to a middle class white from a good neighborhood in California? Simply because of his skin color? I’m guessing no, and that’s the reason why I think affirmative action is terribly inefficient. It doesn’t see economic circumstances at all, it just sees skin color, and gender.
Now, lets take the analogy even further since Affirmative Action is designed to also reward women and give them a hand up as opposed to their male counterparts. Should a black female be given a spot at UCLA over a black male? Or does the fact that black women are much more likely to go to university negate this fact? And at what time do these types of social experiments become unfair. UCLA has a disproportionately high population of Asian students, should it be harder for an asian student to get into University as opposed to a black male?
If we are to believe the articles, then we would see that without preferential treatment, black students wouldn’t get accepted at the same rates they are today, and we also know that those accepted are not accepted based upon economic factors but rather if they are female, or a minority. But of course the schools wouldn’t state this, they would rather talk about the “diversity of their student body”, which is really just a band aid on a larger problem. The problem with black students getting into UCLA probably has more to do with the fact that High Schools also graduate at abysmal rates in CA.