A recent article* by Jesse Washington about college admissions points out one of the unintended consequences of government sponsored racism I’m not Asian Young people are hiding their ancestry in order to get into college.
Progressives of all stripes will tell you that race based admissions policies are not racist. They’ll tell you that government racial selection is OK because it makes up for past wrongs. But does it really? Is society helped or harmed by creating a situation where people must LIE about their heritage for fear of being discriminated against?
I’ve never been able to reconcile the progressive argument. It still seems to equate to “two wrongs make it right”. Their policy of deliberately harming children who have done nothing wrong, but happen to have been born with the wrong color of skin can be described as nothing BUT racism. But much of society has bought into their argument for decades. Stories like this may start creating cracks in their argument. Now that it isn’t just white males who are having to hide their race in order to NOT be discriminated against, perhaps people will see what a lame argument the progressives have made.
I’m not the first to call for an end to these quotas or claim that they are causing more harm that good. For example, Thomas Sowell wrote about the topic in 1999 Racial Quotas in College Admissions: A Critique of the Bowen and Bok Study pointing out that the data used to support institutional racism was flawed.
It’s time to end the institutional racism created by race based quotas in our nation’s schools! It’s time to admit students based ONLY on their character and ability rather than the color of their skin!
*I first read this article in the print version of my local paper a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately, I can’t find a link to the article on their web site (I won’t say it’s trying to cover a controversial story, it’s probably a copyright restriction).