This post was updated July 5 at 10:41 p.m.
Ever since footage of George Floyd’s death surfaced on timelines and newsfeeds in May, more people than ever before have been compelled to bring the elimination of police brutality and the dismantling of racial inequality to the forefront of the American consciousness and political agenda.
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A few weeks ago, a cap and gown arrived in the mail – a bittersweet ending to four years for my freshly graduated brother. Somehow, his entire college experience was supposed to fit into a small FedEx box.
Some say history repeats itself. Our country’s long record of police brutality against Black Americans is evidence to their point.
Though it has been more than 50 years since the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, we are confronted yet again with the racial injustice that has shaped our nation’s history to the present.
Never has the UCLA community been more attentive to Chancellor Gene Block’s emails than we were these past two quarters.
After every buzzing tone, we anxiously grabbed our devices, checked our emails and received not only a new campus update, but also the basis for a whirlwind of emotions.
So, here we are. Safe to say, this school year has been a wild ride.
Even though we are finishing the year right when the academic calendar predicted, no one would have imagined we would end it quite like this.
The role of affirmative action in ensuring equitable access to college for communities of color has long been disputed.
In fact, for the state of California in 1996, the attempt to reach this goal of equitable access meant banning the use of affirmative action in university admission processes under Proposition 209, which states that “the state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group, on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.”
Initially advocated for by then-Gov.
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