Equity is an ideal that is often overlooked in today’s world of hustle and bustle. It is often masked by the word equality. You see, what distinguishes equity is the way it signifies equal opportunity. It means lifting people up so that everyone races on a level playing field. Take
Despite what many believe, we have not reached a point of equal opportunity. Now, many Americans think we have done all that we can to close the barrier and that people really do have the same chance to succeed. At this moment more than ever that is actually enormously untrue. Though the era of slavery and Jim Crow laws may be long gone, the effects,
I do want to acknowledge the questions that continuously come up about fairness. With the raging lawsuit against Harvard University regarding discrimination against Asians, many have been lead to question whether Affirmative Action hurts other minorities. While the jury (or rather judges– pun intended) is still out, it is still important to remember the connection between intersectionality and the extent of oppression. Although the model minority myth places an unfair and painful burden on Asian Americans, it inevitably affords Asian Americans a sense of legitimacy and respect; a privilege that Black and LatinX communities do not possess. I think this is important to remember while considering Affirmative Action.
Without Affirmative Action, it would be infinitely easy to start falling back into similar oppressive historical patterns. I don’t pretend to have all the answers. I am not saying the system is perfect and I am not saying it is completely just. However, without it, we risk becoming a country that takes an unpleasant and destructive trip back to the past. We risk not remedying our country’s mistakes. Whatever happens, we just have to make sure that minority communities are not divided, fruitlessly arguing about this issue. The reality of the matter is this country holds adversities for every minority community, and when we let arguments on one certain issue divide us, it hinders all of our progress. So whatever you think, I would encourage you to keep an open mind and really try to listen to the other side. WHICH IS WHY, my dad actually wrote his two cents in opposition to Affirmative Action. Go check it out at www.rickyahuja.com!!