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State schools need to eliminate affirmative action. After attending a private school I have seen affirmative action on a smaller scale and if applied to the major public universities the problems will appear colossal.
Being a minority this is a hard conclusion to draw; however affirmative action has such major problems that it cannot hope to succeed. Firstly, most students treat the minority students who are admitted into the school as if they did not deserve to be in the school in the first place. Let's give a simplified example. Student A is a white male with a 3.6 GPA and 1330 SAT. Student B is Hispanic woman with a 3.4 GPA and an 1100 SAT. Student A talks to Student B and finds out that this woman has taken spots from his friends whose achievements were greater than Student B's. His attitude towards minority students will be that they are inferior students, regardless of whether or not it is true.
Another goal of affirmative action is to diversify the school. At my school and with many other private schools with affirmative action, the students segregate themselves. It's amazing the way that the blacks only fraternize with the blacks and the Hispanics with the Hispanics, and the whites with the whites. It's silly to believe that admitting more minorities will help the problem. The new minority students will end up spending more time with their particular ethnic group and diversity not achieved.
Private schools control their own admission policies; however, state schools need to stop reverse discrimination. It's an ineffective way of attempting to diversify university life. Let all students get in based on merit. It will encourage minority students to work harder and not be able to take spots from students who may be more qualified. It's difficult for minority students to be taken seriously when their qualifications for admissions vary from those of the majority.