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Speak Out: Should Affirmative Action Be Eliminated?

The Supreme Court will hear arguments this fall that could change the way colleges and universities use affirmative action to accept students.

Several competitive colleges and universities in Virginia use affirmative action to help diversify their campuses.

But that practice could change if the Supreme Court chooses to overturn the decades-old policy. Last week, the court announced it will hear the controversial Fisher v. University of Texas case in its upcoming fall session. The case's plaintiff Abigail Noel Fisher says she was "unconstitutionally denied admission to the school because she is white," according to The Huffington Post.

In a , University of Virginia law professor Tomiko Brown-Nagin says data from California suggests campuses could become less diverse if affirmative action is overturned. On the other hand, demographer Qian Tsai says the general population is becoming more and more diverse so college campuses will become more diverse, too, regardless of affirmative action.

After the article was published, several readers contributed to a robust online debate in the comments section.

Commenting on the article, wrote, "there is not a single educational institution in Northern Virginia that would expect its racial demographics to change because of this Supreme Court case."

Fairfax attorney wrote, "Having now put 4 kids through Virginia universities, I doubt this decision will have a lot of effect on how Virginia's campuses look. From observation only, they tend to be very diverse in terms of race, religion, backgrounds, talents, skills, interests."

Reader wrote that he thinks diversity makes the system stronger. "The strength of this country comes from it's diversity and it's ability to educate it's populace. If we really wanted to make our country stronger we would give college and trade school education away for free to those who wanted it."

Now it's your chance to keep the conversation going.

Speak Out: Should affirmative action be overturned by the court? Or do you think the policy still has relevance and plays an important role in college admissions? Let us know in the comments section below.

Jonathan Erickson March 02, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Use the cream of the crop and get rid of this social engineering. Take it a step further and require contracts go to the lowest bidders and not to minority's or women just because of race or gender.
Katrina Jameson March 02, 2012 at 05:20 PM
I agree that Affirmative Action should be eliminated and that to make sure that diversity is not effected, don't make students identify with a certain group until after they are admitted or at all. You are always going to have universities that go one way or the other but it evens out across the board. Of course there are less black students than white enrolled in university they are a MINORITY therefore the numbers will never match!!!
Sociologist March 03, 2012 at 05:40 AM
At my workplace, there are 55 teachers and educational staff members 48 = White 4 = Blacks 2 = Mixed 1 = Latino The student population is 40% Latino, many who are recent immigrants and are still learning English. Is there a need for more diversity among teachers and staff in order to reflect the needs of the students? That's the reason why Affirmative Action might be needed. Of course, it is not a perfect system, but at times it is necessary.
Jonathan Erickson March 03, 2012 at 10:52 AM
Not good enough. What happens if the white teacher speaks the immigrants language? The best qualified gets the job take race and put it in the porcelin popper where it has always belonged.
Kim March 03, 2012 at 01:50 PM
What is the ratio of male/female teachers? How does that compare to male/female student population? Does that mean schools should show preference to male teacher applicants? There are all kinds of reasons why the race of the teachers doesn't match race of the student body. Discrimination should be investigated but not assumed.

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