Letter: Affirmative Action needs to change

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There was a time and place for Affirmative Action. While I don’t agree with it, something needed to be done at the time it was created. The problem could have been dealt with in different ways, but this is how the country decided to deal with it.

Now, we are facing the repercussions of an executive order that should have been revoked after the 2003 Supreme Court decision that allowed universities to consider race as a factor when admitting students. The thinking of affirmative action is so reversed now. The original order stated, “… will take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed, and that employees are treated during employment, without regard to their race, creed, color, or national origin.”

Universities and businesses are taking race, creed, color, and national origin into account upon hiring, giving certain ones preference. Police departments are short-staffed and struggling to find new recruits. Universities are bragging about their “balanced” admission rate, which actually happens to be imbalanced when compared to the U.S. population. This is not what the original order intended, it’s not good for racial tensions, and it’s not good for the U.S.A.