Monday, January 05, 2009

Affirmative Action and the Blame Game

Why is it that anti-affirmative action folks only attack the racial dynamics of admissions, but not the other kinds of preferences, like those given to legacies, kids of big donors or prominent/famous alum, athletes, people from under-represented geographic regions, etc. Why no ballot initiatives to halt the unfair advantage given to the children and grandchildren of large donors to colleges and universities? Why no nation-wide, angry response to the way the children of legacies, large donors and the wealthy, in general - like George W. Bush and John Kerry, for instance - pull down the overall standards at colleges and universities? Why no concern that the children of wealthy alum are "stigmatized" by the unfair way they got admitted?

See what I am getting at?

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