Affirmative Action: The Unequal Protection Clause

  • Sayd Hussain


Affirmative Action has been a topic in American politics since the civil rights era of the 1950-1960s. Although this policy was created within the federal government to promote racial diversity during the civil rights era, universities took notice and implemented their own interpretations. Several lawsuits have challenged these interpretations and have become more controversial in practice over time. Race neutral affirmative action has become the new alternative for states that have banned racial affirmative action. The benefits behind socio-economic policies, such as the 10% plan, allows under-privilege students to have the opportunity to pursue a higher education with fewer roadblocks. By removing racial preferences from applications, this will prohibit institutions from discriminating against any student of color while avoiding the legal issues behind racial affirmative action.