RE: Justice Department Drops Yale University Admissions Lawsuit
Some people don't realize how dangerous this can be. One of the major steps which paved the way for civil war in Sri Lanka was affirmative action in regards to college admissions. And this was from a country which had amazing racial relations in the first half of the 20th century.
How did it cause the war in sri lanka?
In 1972, the government introduced a scheme in which Tamils had to have higher marks to get into colleges than Sinhalese students and they had another one based on geographical location which severely impacted Northern Sri Lanka (Tamil majority area). This was in the backdrop of the Sinhala only act, anti-tamil riots and racial quotas and historical memories last long in Sri Lanka. There were massive protests against this in the Tamil areas of SL and the government sent in the military and declared a state of emergency. This eventually lead to formations of small Tamil militant groups which grew later on in the late 1970s and 1980s with other incidents taking place
Right but weren't the sinhalese like 80% of the population. Thats not affirmative action its just regular discrimination.
Well, the argument was that Tamils were overrepresented In comparison to their population so yes it was affirmative action. And imo, affirmative action is technically discrimination