Joseph Reisert’s commentary (“As racial protests rock colleges, it seems affirmative action may not work,” Dec. 12) suggesting that racial protests on campus are proof that “affirmative action has failed to live up to its promise” is confusing two separate issues: affirmative action and the right to protest.

If I am a black student admitted under an affirmative action program, for instance, do I have an obligation to be “good” and not participate in protesting injustice?

Affirmative action should not be expected to uphold phony harmony, but rather include those protesting voices. That is one of the true purposes of such a program.

Karen Young


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