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photo: Danielle Alvarez, Vivala

Our history is filled with many years of racial, social, and economic oppression, and from these shameful practices of injustice, affirmative action programs were conceived. Affirmative action was a ruling made in the '60s out of the civil rights movement in an effort to give historically disadvantaged people, like women and minorities, equal access to higher education and employment opportunities through admissions and hiring policies, recruitment methods, and financial assistance — with the hopes that it would level the playing field and give them an equal chance to succeed. 

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Many applaud affirmative action programs because they have resulted in doubling or tripling the number of minority applications to higher education institutions and have made those institutions more representative of their community. Though there are some who argue that the policy is outdated and causes a form of reverse discrimination by favoring one group over another based on race. So we asked six college girls from Rutgers University what they thought about the controversial policy.