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To the editor:
In Young Jean Lee’s February 9th, 2019 article “I’m Asian-American. Affirmative Action Worked for Me“, Lee opens up about her struggle’s of racism and prejudices in her youth. How, without affirmative action on her side, Lee’s successes as a screenwriter and the countless doors opened for her would have never been within her reach. Though affirmative action worked in Young Jean Lee’s favor, it is not and should not be treated as the best solution for diversity in schools and the work force.
Affirmative action policies started as long ago as Brown vs. Ed and as recent as the Texas University scandals in 2015. These policies work towards setting up diverse communities in the educational and work force, to make up for historical exclusions in the United States past. As a Hispanic, queen woman I know what it’s like to be excluded just based on the color of my skin, loving who I want to love, and simply not being a man. However, instead of letting the world keep me down, I tried my hardest in school and graduated high school with a 3.9 GPA with A’s and B’s. I earned my spot into highly acclaimed art schools and Rowan University not because I was different but because I worked hard to fight for my dreams. By allowing affirmative action, it’s basically allowing reverse racism and prevents actual qualified students and workers from these opportunities Lee talked so highly of. Instead of college admissions and bosses using affirmative action as a scape goat to not be racist, maybe, as shockingly as it may sound, they should just not be racist in the first place.
The goal for universities and jobs shouldn’t be accepting and hiring these unqualified individuals for the sake of diversity, but rather reaching out and helping those in these struggling areas. There are hundreds upon thousands of students and unemployed individuals under the poverty line, most being minorities. Because of this, these people are missing out on the proper resources, facilities and environments to thrive and excel. We should be donating and raising money and awareness to these areas to help these students reach their utmost potential.
In order for society to reach true equality and diversity, we must do what we can to help those in need. If we want our future generations to have a future that allows access to these opportunities and successes, regardless of their race or gender, we need to act now.