Saturday, November 22, 2014

Lawsuits filed against Harvard University on charges of affirmative action policies

At long last someone is taking to court, universities who are neck-deep in affirmative action. Affirmative Action is one of the most deplorable practices deeply embedded in American universities and contrary to what most of us believe, the policy favors the rich and mostly the rich. The rich, no matter how dumb they might be and regardless of color and creed are always those who benefit from this policy while the most deserving are left out from the admissions quota.

Ben Mathis-Lilley writing at Slate:
Harvard Sued for Discriminating Against "High-Achieving Asian Americans"
Lawsuits filed by an activist organization on behalf of rejected applicants allege that Harvard and the University of North Carolina's affirmative action policies discriminate against individuals with Asian ancestry by limiting the number of such applicants that may be admitted. From Bloomberg:
Such applicants “understand that they are not competing” against “the entire applicant pool,” the group said in its filing against Harvard’s governing body, the Harvard Corp., in Boston federal court. “They are competing only against each other, and all other racial and ethnic groups are insulated from competing against high-achieving Asian Americans.”
Both institutions have responded that their admissions policies are consistent with federal law.

The Supreme Court has held that race can be considered on an individual and "holistic" basis in admissions decisions in order to attain the educational and social benefits of diversity. But quotas—or point-system bonuses—are unacceptable. "[Candidate X] immigrated to America from Colombia with her family when she was 11, perhaps her experience could deepen the rich tapestry that is our campus discourse," is an OK admissions-office thing to say. "We need three more women from the Balkans, let's just grab the first three that are on the pile and then it's Miller Time" is not............

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