While at Harvard, he served as the president of the Harvard Law Review. Obama is an Affirmative Action baby! I will prove it to you. Being magna cum laude may be a minimal qualification for Harvard Law Review.
The law, lawyers, and the court. March 11 The university has used socioeconomic factors to boost diversity over the past 18 years without affirmative action. InCalifornia voters passed Propositionthe hot-button referendum that barred the consideration of race in public university admissions.
At the time supporters, led by businessman Ward Connerly, argued that racial preferences were wrong and that individuals should be judged without regard to skin color. Critics responded that society is not colorblind, and barring universities from considering race would lead to a decline in African-American and Latino representation at elite campuses such as UC—Berkeley and UCLA.
The numbers did drop, and in response, state Sen.
You cannot address inequality by refusing to acknowledge it. But now that the legislation is in the Assembly, Asian-Americans are organizing against it. Meanwhile, supporters of repeal think they have a decent shot of winning because of the explosive growth of Latino voters.
Welcome to the current politics of affirmative action, which are far more complicated than black vs. California has adopted a host of terrific measures to boost racial diversity indirectly, mostly by looking at socioeconomic status.
Nationally, more than one-quarter of high-school students live in states where racial preferences are outlawed at public universities. These bans often led to sharp drops in black and Latino student enrollment initially, but over time states and universities adopted a number of race-neutral strategies to indirectly boost their enrollment, such as providing a leg up in admissions to low-income students of all races.
Many liberals understandably support repealing in California to make those universities more racially and ethnically inclusive. But lifting the ban is a bad idea for two reasons. Schools have reduced their reliance on standardized test scores for admissions, banned legacy preferences for the children of alumni, encouraged more community-college transfers to four-year institutions, and created new outreach programs to high-poverty high schools.
In —12, the proportion of students eligible for Pell grants federal financial aid for lower-income students at UCLA was 38 percent and at Berkeley 37 percent, compared with just 13 percent at another top public institution, the University of Virginia. Advertisement These steps helped accomplish what education is supposed to do—promote social mobility.
But they are likely to disappear if universities can go back to recruiting by race. Prestige-conscious universities receive no points from the U. That helps explain why most universities create racial diversity by recruiting fairly advantaged students of all colors.
Indeed, one study found that 86 percent of African-Americans at selective colleges were middle- or upper-class, while the white students were even richer.
To their credit, universities care about racial diversity, perhaps because the lack of it is visible. But they generally do not aggressively pursue socioeconomic diversity except where race has been taken off the table and recruiting low-income students is the next best way to achieve racial diversity.
The second major reason that liberals should be concerned about a return of racial preferences is the one raised by the Chinese-American protesters: The shift would hurt Asian-Americans, who have suffered their own history of discrimination. Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders constituted 14 percent of California high-school graduates in —12, but 42 percent of UC freshmen and 49 percent of freshmen at UC—Berkeley in Still, restoring racial preferences would undoubtedly drive down Asian numbers.
Do we have a set level of darkness of skin that a person must match before being considered? Coming from a low-wealth family is a real disadvantage in life, so students who perform well academically despite that obstacle are deserving of special consideration.
Eighteen years after California became the first state to ban racial preferences, it should resist the urge to become the first to reinstate them.
The state has better options.
Correction, March 12, A previous version of the caption on this article misstated where the students in the photograph are sitting.A sian Americans have finally had enough. They’re tired of working harder, achieving more academically, then having that held against them as they try to fulfill their educational dreams in our.
Asian American groups have made variants of these arguments since the early s and have filed multiple complaints against and urged investigations into a .
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"I'm a plaintiff in a pretty interesting Supreme Court case that's been to the Supreme Court twice," says the young woman sitting across the table from me, introducing herself for the tape as I. Students hang out on the steps of Doe Library at UC–Berkeley.
The university has used socioeconomic factors to boost diversity over the past 18 years without affirmative action.
Too Many Asian Americans: Affirmative Discrimination in Elite College Admissions Althea Nagai, Ph.D. Research Fellow Center for Equal Opportunity.