According to dictionary.com, reverse discrimination is defined as:
the unfair treatment of members of majority groups resulting from preferential policies, as in college admissions or employment, intended to remedy earlier discrimination against minorities.
Although we generally don't think of discrimination as something that affects majority groups, it certainly does. Whether it be in the work force, in schools, in government policies, and most importantly for us applying to college, reverse discrimination plays a huge role.
In 2003, the Supreme Court overturned an admissions policy that was used by the University of Michigan. This policy gave 20 bonus points (out of 100 required) to African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans who were applying to their undergraduate programs. Because this policy applied a "numerical or fixed quota" when considering applicants, it was considered unconstitutional. However, that same day, the Court upheld a policy used by the University of Michigan's Law School that allowed race to be considered a "plus factor" in admitting students. Although this policy of using race as a "plus factor" increased by three times the number of minority applicants who were admitted, because it was not a "fixed quota" it was upheld.
I understand that discrimination against minorities is wrong, but I do believe that discrimination against majorities is just as wrong. It bothers me that because I am a Caucasian, straight, middle-class female, I will have a harder time being admitted to college than someone who is of an ethnic minority or in a lower socio-economic class. Despite the fact that my grades and test scores may be higher and I may be better qualified for a school than someone else, if they are a minority they are given preferential treatment. If they are better qualified they should be admitted, but if not, it's wrong. I can't help that I am not considered "diverse" and that I have to check the box or fill in the bubble next to "Caucasian"; I don't believe that I should discriminated because of it.