Thursday, September 06, 2012

Blog 2 Brazil Enacts Affirmative Action Law for Universities, 9/6/12

This article discusses the law that the government of Brazil has passed, which requires public universities to reserve half of their admission spots for the students in the country's public school that live in poverty to grow the number of university students of African descent within the nation. In the article, it is stated that this law pursues to reverse racial and income inequality that has depicted Brazil. This approach works to help reduce income inequality to the poor in this nation. It gives the low-income students an opportunity to strive for a better future and to further their education. Not only does this help them climb up the social ladder, but it also benefits the nation. It will allow the country to become fulfilled with more education people, which can help close that gap between the rich and poor and setback the income inequality. The law’s approach to reverse racial inequality is an attempt, but is not fair to the non-African descent. The article does mention that Brazil is the country that obtains more people of African heritage than any other country outside of Africa, which shows why they chose to help them. Although, it demonstrates that they are not being equal of other races. What if those spots being reserved for the African descents, are taking up spots for students of other races that are seeking the same opportunities also? As a nation that is characterized for their strong efforts to reverse racial inequality, this demonstrates the weak challenges made to achieve this. The government of Brazil made this law with a few flaws, but with good intentions. 

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