Affirmative Action in the US and Abroad

In Africa, the University of Cape Town had a student population of predominately white students and a very low admission rate of black or mixed-race students. For the lucky few who were accepted, they could not attend medical school or live in campus dormitories. Since the apartheid ended, the school's student population has become multiracial due to affirmative action. The question that is being raised by black students is whether or not their admission is based on their race or level of intelligence. One student actually finds affirmative action offensive. This may be due to not understanding that affirmative action is a policy in which the minority is given access to the same opportunities that the privileged have gained from discrimination. Although affirmative action is emplaced the ratio of white students to black students is two to one while the populational ratio of whites to blacks is nine percent to seventy-nine percent. The disadvantage the blacks face in getting an education is apparent since, only over half of the students are able to graduate in five years. In comparison to the white students graduation ratio of four out of five.

As a African American female, I used to share the concern of whether or not I was granted acceptance into a school due to my merit or race. What I've come to realize is that I don't have access to certain privileges. The Affirmative Action policy is my secret door way to gaining the access I deserve. As we can see, regardless of the policy there are more white students than black students. I'm glad the school is aware that blacks need the extra help and aren't ashamed to accept it. I had to put my pride aside and come to terms that I was born with a disadvantage. So, I take full advantage of any help entitled to me to insure I achieve my aspirations.

- Divinda

For more info, check out this article: "Campus That Apartheid Ruled Faces a Policy Rift" by Celia W. Dugger (New York Times)