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Igel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-09-07 04:29 PM
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29. There was a bit of a scandal a year or two ago over Ivy League
Edited on Fri Feb-09-07 04:30 PM by igil
admissions and affirmative action.

Somebody asked who was benefiting from affirmative action. And nobody--and I mean *nobody*--liked the answer.

A wildly disproportionate number of "blacks" admitted to Ivy League schools under affirmative action stood a good chance of getting admitted anyway. Their parents were upper middle class or above, they went to very good public and private schools, had good test scores and applications, and were born to immigrants. "Affirmative action" points just guaranteed these kids would be admitted.

Then there were the other black admits. Most of them were the kids of black professionals, kids of blacks that were helped--or not--by affirmative action. Again, they fit the general description of Ivy League students fairly well, if you ignore skin melanin levels.

Few met the description of an "average" African-American 18 year old, and fewer yet were from communities that could still be considered to be suffering "from the legacy of slavery and discrimination", what affirmative action was intended to address.

It caused a re-evaluation of affirmative action at Ivy League schools. SES and geography started to count a lot, lot more.
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