University of Florida students polled by Campus Reform this week were almost unanimous in their support for diversity quotas for admissions and hiring processes, but pulled the line when it comes to competitive sports.
“I think it’s an absolute necessity,” a student told Campus Reform reporter Ophélie Jacobson.
“As a first generation student from a Hispanic household, this is very important,” said another.
The students said they supported the idea that colleges and businesses should reflect the demographics of the community as a whole.
However, they seemed more hesitant when asked if those same standards should be applied to college sports teams.
“I think it should be skills-based,” said one student.
Others said teams should be formed based on talent and based players, not race or ethnicity.
“Let the skills shine and whoever is the best player deserves to be a part of the team,” said another student.
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Jacobson noted that if the Florida Gators’ offensive roster reflected the demographics of the school, it would include six White players, two Latino players, two Asian players and one Black player. As it stands now, the players are almost all black.
Students interviewed suggested that the players probably got where they are because they are the most skilled.
“If they’re the best players for the job, then they deserve the place,” said one student.
When asked if this idea changed their minds about diversity quotas at university and in the workplace, several admitted it did.
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“Yeah, I mean, you want the best,” a student told Jacobson. “It doesn’t matter what race the person is, who they are, it doesn’t matter. You have skills. You’re a good person, that’s about it.”
Fox News has contacted the university’s office of diversity and inclusion for comment.