With the presidential election around the corner, much of the conversations with most of my friends have been about politics and voting. Some of the questions that have been thrown around are “why is it that people are not voting?” There are varying explanations for this occurrence. Most people do not vote because their voices are not going to be heard, so why bother. Other people’s reasons could be that they are just not interested or don’t care enough to make an effort. This topic about voting really caught my interest, so I began to search and look up information on the issue. While surfing the web I came across a New York Times article that centered on how voting and race influence each other and how it is used in politics.
In the article, “Voting Rights- and Responsibilities,” by Robert Clegg, the author begins by stating that it is becoming gradually untenable for national policies to divide people into racial and ethnic categories and treat people in a different way based on a box they checked (Clegg). Clegg goes on to say that if we want to thrive then the focus of our policies should be geared on common standards that we must all abide by (Clegg). And because of this it would not be a good idea to hire people or admit students into colleges on the basis of race, and gerrymander voting boundaries along race lines (Clegg).
This article points out some major issues about voting and race that should be taken into consideration, such as gerrymandering. However, to suggest that hiring people or admitting students into universities based on race is completely a bad idea, in my opinion, is wrong. I say this because we do not live in a race blind society. Everything we do, where we go to school, the clothes we wear, where we live, and especially how we view others is generally based on race or ethnicity. What the author has not taken into consideration is that hiring people or admitting student into colleges based on race offers opportunities to minorities that many would not have. I agree that the views and practices of Americans should be changed and that gerrymandering should not be allowed, but this cannot be achieved by simply dismantling the policies that allow for affirmative action. I believe that first we have to change how people in this country view race then we can start changing the laws and policies in place that make preferences to people based on race.