Affirmative Action still needed, argues Harvard's Natasha Warikoo
Even if the Supreme Court is delaying ruling on Affirmative Action’s fate, that doesn’t stop assistant professor at Harvard Graduate School of Education Natasha Kumar Warikoo from pushing the system's merits in an op-ed published in the LA Times.
“University admissions policies in the United States have been highly subjective, responding to the desires and needs of society and the academic institution itself,” Warikoo states as she writes about the history of college admissions in the United States, where at one point in time an applicant’s “manliness” was a deciding factor. “Race-based affirmative action is a part of the picture, and it symbolizes a deep commitment on the part of colleges and universities to the pursuit of racial justice in a country plagued by extreme racial inequality.”
Faced with odds of being more likely to be born into poverty than whites and live in areas with lower quality education than whites, minorities need Affirmative Action in order to have an equal shot at higher education.