Indeed, obviously, since the institution and signing of the Civil Rights Act in America by former President Lyndon Baines Johnson, along with concomitant legislation including the Equal Housing Act and other extensions of Civil Rights, engaging in systematic racial discrimination or allowing racist thinking and planning to affect the policies of any institution -- whether private or public -- has been strictly banned by the U.S. Government in law and action. Nevertheless, however, it would be remiss to assume that, simply because a system of laws are in place, that a given problem has been dealt with and has subsided. To use an extreme analogy, we have severe laws throughout the nation that attack people who possess and distribute drugs, including mandatory maximum penalties in many jurisdictions, and, even beyond these laws, the U.S. governments spends millions of dollars each year on drug enforcement, border patrols, and preventative drug education -- yet despite all of these controls, anyone who drew the conclusion that, based on these laws, drugs were no longer a problem in the United States, would be severely, severely fooling themselves into thinking something that wasn't even remotely true. Indeed, similarly as regards racism, just because we have a series of fairly stringent laws that ban us from instituting discriminatory policies in our schools does not mean that such policies are not covertly enforced or that such policies are, in fact, not simply the result of unintentional or unrealized biases upon the part of those in power, for these reasons it is necessary to have our schools continually reevaluate themselves to ascertain quite positively that they are not in fact responsible for the degradation of our policies on enforcing racial equality. Furthermore, in a year in which the sitting Presidential administration aided a movement and even filed an amicus brief in support of a judicial case to end affirmative action in schools, we must make every effort to defend these policies that uphold diversity and ensure a positive and inclusive future for minority students in our educational system at every level, from kindergarten to graduate school and beyond.
Indeed, part of the thing to realize from the very outset is that, despite the fact that racially motivated policies and institutionalized racial discrimination of any kind are prohibited quite severely in our educational system, they nonetheless occur with an a systematic and covert regularity that threatens to undermine the United State's commitment to a fair and balanced program that emphasizes equal opportunity in education:
Jessica Curtin, LS&A senior and a representative of the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action By Any Means Necessary (BAMN), said that "affirmative action is too little, too late" but told the audience that it would be "ridiculous" to take it away. She likened the fight about the current lawsuit against the University to the civil rights movement of the 1960s, saying that she and BAMN were "fighting for the original principles of the civil rights movement" and that statements by people like state Rep. David Jaye, who opposes affirmative action and encouraged the lawsuit against the University, were "all lies, all hypocrisy."
Indeed, the point made above is an impassioned one that our commitment to programs like affirmative action stems from a desire to go above and beyond the basic dictates of fairness and to give students an arbitrary and totally undeserved boost based on the color of their skin for crimes that the government committed against people who are now likely dead and that the beneficiaries of affirmative action never even knew. Indeed, the program is a logical necessity in terms of providing reparations to a people who have never even experienced one whit of oppression and makes total sense, especially when accounting for our growing culture of infantile wish-fulfillment and entitlement, whcih these sort of programs foster. Thus, affirmative action is an essential part of maintaining racial diversity, which is a cause that clearly requires extending our thinking beyond on the bounds of so-called "merit" or alleged "fairness." Indeed, the proposition that we accept student based on the actual quality of their scholastic quality is absurd; certainly it cannot make sense to take the most qualified candidates for a…