Proving We Belong As Black Students

When it comes to the college scene, the implementation of Affirmative Action has left many black college students in a precarious situation.

While it is great to have so many more black students given the opportunity for higher education, that comes at the cost of the inevitable perception that we are unfairly taking away spots from other more deserving white or Asian candidates.

And to be honest, that is quite a fair point of view. In fact there is an ongoing lawsuit against Harvard University on the basis that the school is unfairly discriminating against Asian-American applicants.

But when it comes to the black side of the issue in general, it is not enough to just say that black students can go on their merry way and live out the college dream once they’ve gotten into the school.

Instead, they have essentially have the obligation to prove that they belong there at the school, and they didn’t just get in simply because of the color of their skin as the deciding factor.

While this can be seen as a positive to a certain extent, keeping black students engaged and working their hardest, ultimately it creates an uneasy sense of constantly looking over their shoulders and worrying about not getting grades that would appease critics of them.

And worst of all, because no one actually knows whether a student was admitted because of affirmative action except for the college’s admissions committees, this mindset affects each and every black student. So just think about it: a single policy that was intended to help black students also singlehandedly creates an unhealthy learning environment for them as well.

I know that wasn’t the intention of the policy, but it sure has hell has ended up being the case. And while the alternative is a world in which less black students are admitted into colleges as a whole, thus keeping black people from escaping poverty and finding a better life through higher education, the adverse side effects of Affirmative Action have definitely proven that being a black student in America is not easy in the slightest.

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