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This sample is taken from an article comparison for an Asian American Studies class. In the article “Sins of Admission,” political author Dinesh D’Souza presents a very strong argument as to why Americans—and in particular Asian Americans—should not support race-based Affirmative Action. Souza, author of 14 books, contends that this practice, called “proportional representation” is an outdated convention that has run its (albeit, historically important) course and causes more academic and social problems than it solves. In defense of his claim, D’Souza cites actual campus phenomena observed as unintended consequences of AA. For example, there has been a documented retention problem among students given Affirmative Action treatment, which could be partially attributed to the fact that these students have been misplaced in Universities beyond their academic capabilities. In addition, proportional representation creates social problems on campus including minority separatism, self-segregation, and most notably, resentment among those groups not given preferential admission. All of these factors have been observed to bolster racial tensions on American college campuses. The idea that Affirmative Action in contemporary America does more harm than good is a widely held public opinion as is by no means groundbreaking or even original. However, D’Souza goes on to address Asian Americans’ (a recipient group of proportional representation) role and context in the Affirmative Action debate. For example, recent years have seen universities place “quota ceilings” on Asian Americans, wherein a limit is set on the number of Asian Americans that can be admitted. Asian Americans tend to score
Instead. D’Souza argues. . a socioeconomic status-based program would have reach a similarly disadvantaged population but would not fight racial discrimination with. a substantial amount of which are filled by Affirmative Action applicants. more racial discrimination. essentially. some applicants are being denied admission because of these quotas. however.higher on traditional admissions metrics and are therefore more logically meritorious of university admission.