Archived: EDITORIAL: Supreme Court to Revisit Race Preference in College Admissions


The US Supreme Court has agreed to revisit its decision reaffirming the use of race as criteria in college admissions, and will take a look at it this fall.

With the makeup of the court now having a majority of conservative members, the decision is likely to result in greater restrictions, or the entire elimination of using race as a criteria that can be taken into consideration when deciding which students to admit to institutions of higher learning.

In California, the decision is not likely to have far reaching consequences, since voters already approved such a ban when they passed Proposition 209.

But California residents do not only apply to California colleges and universities for admission. So the high court’s decision — which could deal the final blow to what has become known as Affirmative Action in higher learning — can potentially harm students of color living in California.

While merit based admission is a desirable goal, it has never allowed minority students who have been disadvantaged in their learning by years of educational neglect at poor performing schools to compete on the same playing field as many white students.

It should be noted that low-income Latino and black students do not have the same financial resources to pay for expensive private tutoring and SAT services that more affluent, mostly white, students can afford.

We do not begrudge any student who has worked hard a college education; we just think that it is in all our interests to have a pool of college students and graduates that is racially diverse. In doing so, we can reduce the numbers of people, and families, living in poverty.

Eliminating race as a factor in college admissions will only deny many students their dream of a college education, and the country a workforce prepared to compete in the global economy.

We can only hope that our foreboding on the high courts intent does not prove to be right.

The elimination of race preferences could wind up serving as a bigger blow to college attainment than even higher tuition fees, and its negative impact could be national in scope.

It is Eastern Group Publication’s hope that a dialogue and consideration of what needs to be done to ensure equal access to college by students from different communities will take place in preparation for a potentially far-reaching decision by the Supreme Court.

Lest we forget, people of different races and ethnicities now makeup a large portion of the US population, and by most accounts, so-called minorities in a few short decades will actually be the majority in this country.

What will we do if we fail to prepare them for that role?

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  1. The costs of using racial preferences are undeniable: It is personally unfair, passes over better qualified students, and sets a disturbing legal, political, and moral precedent in allowing racial discrimination; it creates resentment; it stigmatizes the so-called beneficiaries in the eyes of their classmates, teachers, and themselves, as well as future employers, clients, and patients; it fosters a victim mindset, removes the incentive for academic excellence, and encourages separatism; it compromises the academic mission of the university and lowers the overall academic quality of the student body; it creates pressure to discriminate in grading and graduation; it breeds hypocrisy within the school; it encourages a scofflaw attitude among college officials; it mismatches students and institutions, guaranteeing failure for many of the former; it papers over the real social problem of why so many African Americans and Latinos are academically uncompetitive; and it gets states and schools involved in unsavory activities like deciding which racial and ethnic minorities will be favored and which ones not, and how much blood is needed to establish group membership. Q.E.D.: Racial preferences ought not to be used.

  2. “It should be noted that low-income Latino and black students do not have the same financial resources to pay for expensive private tutoring and SAT services that more affluent, mostly white, students can afford.”

    Then affirmative action should be based on socioeconomic factors and not race. There is absolutely no reason why well to do blacks/hispanics should get a leg up on poor whites/asians.

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