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Race Shouldn't Matter: College Student Views on Affirmative Action

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This paper explores support for or opposition to race-based social policy, specifically, affirmative action. While affirmative action has been criticized by notable scholars such as William Julius Wilson for not increasing mobility opportunities for the black "underclass", people who oppose affirmative action in public discourse typically fail to offer alternative race-based policy solutions. Quantitative data is limited in providing insight into the depth and nuances of policy positions. Bonilla-Silva notes colorblind racism's subtle racetalk and the problem of major surveys like the GSS maintaining questions for the purposes of longitudinal research. This is problematic because historically formulated questions often generate socially desirable answers from those who know what answer will be deemed "less prejudiced" and may not accurately reflect the positions of (mostly white) respondents. As a result, qualitative data will be used to supplement the GSS analysis. This data is obtained through a handout given to students in a 200-level sociology course on social inequalities. At the beginning of the class, students were given this handout consisting of a number of open-ended questions that explore their beliefs about race-based social policy. These open-ended questions should generate responses that more clearly indicate the reasoning behind their support or opposition of affirmative action. These responses will be analyzed using the frames of colorblind racism described by Bonilla-Silva, as well as the White Racial Frame outlined by Feagin, and can clarify whether those frames are still prominent in the political and racial environment today and how they work together in contemporary racetalk.

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Luke, David. "Race Shouldn't Matter: College Student Views on Affirmative Action" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Hilton San Francisco Union Square and Parc 55 Wyndham San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, Aug 15, 2014 <Not Available>. 2016-06-09 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p726250_index.html>

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Luke, D. J. , 2014-08-15 "Race Shouldn't Matter: College Student Views on Affirmative Action" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Hilton San Francisco Union Square and Parc 55 Wyndham San Francisco, San Francisco, CA Online <PDF>. 2016-06-09 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p726250_index.html

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Abstract: This paper explores support for or opposition to race-based social policy, specifically, affirmative action. While affirmative action has been criticized by notable scholars such as William Julius Wilson for not increasing mobility opportunities for the black "underclass", people who oppose affirmative action in public discourse typically fail to offer alternative race-based policy solutions. Quantitative data is limited in providing insight into the depth and nuances of policy positions. Bonilla-Silva notes colorblind racism's subtle racetalk and the problem of major surveys like the GSS maintaining questions for the purposes of longitudinal research. This is problematic because historically formulated questions often generate socially desirable answers from those who know what answer will be deemed "less prejudiced" and may not accurately reflect the positions of (mostly white) respondents. As a result, qualitative data will be used to supplement the GSS analysis. This data is obtained through a handout given to students in a 200-level sociology course on social inequalities. At the beginning of the class, students were given this handout consisting of a number of open-ended questions that explore their beliefs about race-based social policy. These open-ended questions should generate responses that more clearly indicate the reasoning behind their support or opposition of affirmative action. These responses will be analyzed using the frames of colorblind racism described by Bonilla-Silva, as well as the White Racial Frame outlined by Feagin, and can clarify whether those frames are still prominent in the political and racial environment today and how they work together in contemporary racetalk.


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