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Abolish Affirmative Action

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The end of affirmative action is long overdue. It was once used to provide employment and educational opportunities to the truly disadvantaged, but now simply serves as racial discrimination against white and Asian Americans.

A study by Thomas Espenshade, a Princeton sociologist, found that to have the same chances of being accepted into a top private university, on average Asians needed an SAT score of 1550, whites needed 1410, and blacks needed 1100; on a 1600 scale, those are huge and unacceptable margins.

An Indian/Asian-American man with mediocre academics pretended to be black to gain acceptance to top medical schools: http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/07/living/feat-mindy-kaling-brother-affirmative-action/

An Asian-American high schooler with extremely impressive accomplishments was denied admission to 6/7 Ivy Leagues, while less qualified people of different races were accepted: http://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21669595-asian-americans-are-united-states-most-successful-minority-they-are-complaining-ever

With regards to the workforce, it is ridiculous that someone of clearly lesser merit would be hired over a qualified candidate, simply because of race.

AA hurts minorities that "benefit" from it as well. When someone encounters a black, Hispanic, Native American, etc. person who was admitted by a prestigious university and/or obtained a successful job, they often think of AA and assume that the person simply succeeded due to the policy. This undermines the accomplishments of people who actually earned their success; to those who are on the fence about their feelings towards AA, just remember that there are people who literally don't trust any black doctors because it's reasonably possible that they wouldn't have earned their title without AA.

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