Minoritarianism: Minority Rules!

America has been and is currently in the process of playing a balancing game; the most recent dilemma is how to try to make up for past grievances without inviting even more minoritarianism into the country.

With direct regard for education, the balancing act was severely and almost firmly tipped to one side until 1954. Since then, the educational scale has been oscillating between minoritarianism and suppression. However, today’s current cultural climate is swung slightly to minoritarianism and has the ever-prominent possibility of swinging further. If the American people are not aware and vigilant, minoritarianism will quickly overtake the nation’s culture.

On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education that its previous decision of ‘separate but equal’ did not follow the 14th Amendment and, thus, was unconstitutional. This was the event marking the beginning of a short minoritarianism period in educational policies and districts. During this period of time, acts and policies such as racial quotas and preferential treatment to different races and minorities during college admissions were implemented.

In the 1970s, schools such as the University of California at Davis Medical School put aside a certain number of slots for “disadvantaged” students who applied: 16 out of 100. According to the school, those who were disadvantaged were blacks, Latinos, American Indians and Asian-Americans. An unknown amount of student s who did not fall into any of these categories were rejected when, according to the University’s standard, they should have been accepted. Many who had lower test scores than the unknown number of students were admitted.

In another case, Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law had separated applications based on race, then read through the applications and compared the students only to others who were of that same race.

These are examples of minoritarianism because the minority has a bigger part in deciding who will have that opportunity of an extended formal education than they should be allowed.

It’s rather noticeable the racial quotes and preferential treatment were given to minorities typically based on race; American history also has a focus on race, though oppression of the minorities is closer to the type of fruit racial discrimination produced. The horrid sins America committed when referring to racial discrimination normally were committed against minority races (in the U.S.) such as American Indians and African Americans. There is no coincidence that in the late 1900s those same groups were given educational advantages in society. Some of the minoritarianism that was seen in the 1900s and that is seen today is due to a desire to atone for America’s past offenses. However, since minoritarianism invites reverse discrimination and is ‘un-American’ in terms of all the people having the power, minoritarianism is not the solution to absolve America’s guilt from the past.

Therefore, it is encouraging to hear that racial quotas and preferential treatment due to race during college admissions is now eradicated or near eradicated in the States. For example, The University of California at Davis Medical School was sued by Allan Bakke when he was denied twice despite the fact he had higher test scores than some of the minority students who were accepted. The Supreme Court, in response, declared racial quotas unconstitutional. Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law was also called out for separating applications based on race. The practice was denounced and halted. Due to these changes, the number of minority students dropped dramatically as soon as such bans or denouncements were in place. Regardless of race, each student now has an almost equal opportunity to attend those same colleges, though the upbringing and education prior to college is not the same across races, states, and homes. 

Nonetheless, if one were to conduct an examination of America’s current cultural climate, one would soon notice that minoritarianism is still very prominent and has continued to be an increasing concern that is too often overlooked.

A culture often is described as a way of life; for this reason, it is difficult to pinpoint an exact culture for just one group of people since the way of life for each person is different. However, general statements can be made about several cultures when the statement is taken as an average for the entire culture’s population. For instance, though not every American lives their life wearing Nike tennis shoes, most Americans wear some type of shoes sometime in their life. Therefore, the general statement that the American culture includes wearing shoes on a regular basis would be correct even though it does not apply to every single person who lives by the American culture.

The ability to make general statements about a culture, often including minoritarianism is portrayed initially through the mainstream media and news; often that relates closest to a community and sometimes worldwide.  The media shares stories that are examined by its listeners and readers who form thoughts and relation to other stories available in the area or on the subject.  The stories told in relation to the stories kept in the dark clearly show the bits of minoritarianism that are beginning to grow stronger in America. For example, minoritarianism is present when only stories about concealed weapons are presented and the stories about school shootings are not. The emphasis placed on the stories shown empowers the minority, assuming the minority in this example are the people advocating for concealed weapons. The unequal presentation of these stories has given power and growth to this minority by incorrect representation and an increased number of the general public swayed ignorantly by the media from which they learned.

It is evident that minoritarianism is present in American culture, though it has been weeded out of the American education system. Prevalent themes are seen most easily in the news and aids in creating general statements about the American culture. As time progresses, it will become more and more evident that minoritarianism is slowly infecting some modern-day cultures.

Nonetheless, steps can be taken to eliminate or reduce the amount of minoritarianism in America. The only real solution would be to have a revolution in American culture, a dramatic turn-about in the way of life now accepted by a large population. A strong start is for each of us not to take what we see on the news as face value and draw concrete conclusions from what is fed to us. We need to choose to see and comprehend that America is not in a majoritarianism state and never has been. The American population needs to choose to become better educated and able to distinguish between the truth and what is reality.

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