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BillySherman
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puzzled123
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Affirmative Action in collegiate admissions should not stress race, but stress socioeconomic status.

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Started: 7/17/2013 Category: Education
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BillySherman

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College admissions should not be based on race whatsoever. It spawns racism and hate between the applicants and is detrimental to our society. The socioeconomic status of an individual is a much better indicator for colleges to see what that certain person has achieved given where they are in America's food chain. Also, there is no real obligation for society to abide by affirmative action in college admissions because college is optional. College should be open for the best and brightest which should be stipulated by merit requirements and not race requirements.
puzzled123

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First time debating here... I guess I will start off with giving basic arguments.

1. Race promotes diversity.

Like minds think alike. Unlike minds think differently. It is genetic. When solving problems it is definitely better to have multiple approaches for the problem. Sometimes, some approaches work better than others. Having diversity does exactly this; when people of different backgrounds work together, there are unique approaches being discovered for problems in America today. This diversity is something that socioeconomic factors cannot relate to- it is purely genetic. This diverse advantage extends into the workforce. If there is more diversity in colleges, chances are that same trend will continue in the workforce, as college serves as a training for jobs.

2. Colleges choose to do so.

No one forces colleges to use affirmative action. It is completely their choice. Colleges, like any other profit organization in the US, are primarily money driven. They like to make choices that maximize their profit. A solid amount of their annual revenue comes from the quality of students they produce and the reputation that it incurs. This is proof that colleges benefit off of the diversity of humans at their campuses; if not, why would colleges use affirmative action? Anyways, overall, it is the right of colleges to determine who they admit and who they don't, not anyone else's.

3. It is used for below the bar students.

To be clear, affirmative action is not used against students who have good merit. In fact, affirmative action does not affect students who match or exceed university standards. It is only used for students who do not meet university standards. Colleges are and always will be a place for the best and the brightest, but opportunities should be provided for others as well. When colleges have some extra room for students who do not meet their standards, why not take advantage of the benefits of diversity? Is it really unfair to use affirmative action to deny applicants whose GPA and SAT scores do not match university standards?

Again, its my first time debating here, so it would be great if you could post rules if there are any. Thanks!
Debate Round No. 1
BillySherman

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puzzled123

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