Affirmative Action by Alan Marzilli

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The media industry, for example, has been the object of ongoing criticism. Some civil rights leaders have accused news outlets of providing coverage that is biased against minorities, and many people feel that network television does a poor job of providing entertainment programs that appeal to minority viewers, or, worse yet, offers programs that are degrading or deal in stereotypes. In the University of Michigan cases, a coalition of media organizations argued that diversity was crucial to their business success: The public interest .

But the only way to reserve spots for members of some minority groups was to limit the number of spots for white children and other minority groups. Chinese-American students were “capped out” at the local schools—meaning that the schools had room for members of other racial and ethnic groups but could not admit any more Chinese Americans. Her family brought a lawsuit in federal court 2 that ultimately forced the school system to rethink its quotas. Critics of racial preferences say that schools, employers, and governments cannot help some deserving people without inadvertently hurting others.

But many people disputed the claim that the only way to achieve a diversity of viewpoints was to artificially create racial diversity through preferential admission policies. Many objected by saying that because every person thinks differently, there is no reason to assume that minority students think differently from white students. A group of conservative law professors wrote in the Grutter case: 45 46 AFFIRMATIVE ACTION Racial diversity is not required to foster a full discussion of issues and viewpoints in the classroom.

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