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Tue Oct 1, 2019, 02:54 PM

Harvard Does Not Discriminate Against Asian-Americans in Admissions, Judge Rules

Source: New York Times



A federal judge on Tuesday rejected claims that Harvard had discriminated against Asian-Americans in admissions, saying that the university had a right to choose a diverse class. The challenge to the university’s admissions process came from a group hoping to overturn a longstanding Supreme Court precedent that allows race to be considered as one factor among many, but prohibits universities from using quotas in admissions.

The judge, Allison Burroughs, rejected the argument that Harvard was using affirmative action as a weapon against some races and a boon to others, and said that the university met the strict judicial standard for considering race in its admissions process.

In her decision, Judge Burroughs gave an eloquent defense of the benefits of diversity, and said that while the time might come when it would be possible to look beyond race in college admissions, that time was not yet here.

“For purposes of this case, at least for now, ensuring diversity at Harvard relies, in part, on race conscious admissions,” the judge said. “The students who are admitted to Harvard and choose to attend will live and learn surrounded by all sorts of people, with all sorts of experiences, beliefs and talents. They will have the opportunity to know and understand one another beyond race, as whole individuals with unique histories and experiences. It is this, at Harvard and elsewhere that will move us, one day, to the point where we see that race is a fact, but not the defining fact and not the fact that tells us what is important, but we are not there yet.”

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/01/us/harvard-admissions-lawsuit.html

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Tue Oct 1, 2019, 03:20 PM

1. How can "race-conscious" admissions not be discrimination?

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Response to Mosby (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 1, 2019, 03:25 PM

2. Same way that Affirmative Action is not illegal. And there's nothing that says

SAT scores and GPA's should be the only factors that colleges consider in admission decisions.

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Response to Mosby (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 1, 2019, 04:51 PM

3. Because "discrimination" is bad.

And "race-conscious admissions," which have the same effect but only help the appropriate groups, is good.

I still use the outmoded term "illegal discrimination," but some take offense at using a word that might be considered derogatory for something that is just, and good, and moral. My view is that it's the usual language games in order to control and manipulate, but what do I know?

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Response to Igel (Reply #3)

Tue Oct 1, 2019, 05:31 PM

4. All colleges "discriminate" in making admissions decisions.

That's how they build strong classes year after year.

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