Letter to the editor: Affirmative action article contained bias
It’s frustrating to pick up the Daily Orange and find editorializing in supposed news pieces. The article entitled ‘Hundreds protest outside Supreme Court’ was filled with editorial comments and a biased representation of arguments. The very opening reveals the problem: ‘The continuing struggle for racial equality manifested itself Monday morning as demonstrators took their issue to the steps of the Supreme Court.’ The author assumes that affirmative action equals (at least progress toward) racial equality, something many perfectly articulate and non-racist people disagree with. Stating that efforts in favor of its preservation are ‘struggles for racial equality’ is an editorial statement that has no place in a news piece. Throughout the entire article it is impossible to find any information about the reason or justification for the party suing to stop affirmative action in the cases. Instead, every single quote argues in favor of continuing affirmative action, paralleling the present-day movement to civil-rights era protest. I don’t know where I stand on affirmative action, but I don’t need The D.O. trying to tell me by injecting it into news stories. Save it for the editorial pages.
Kevin SmithFreshman linguistic studies major
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