Listening to the audio of Supreme Court
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|Tue, 04-01-2003 - 2:56pm|
Diversity must be a goal of the best schools. Those who are fighting the affirmative action rules that give preference to race in admission have no problem with preferences for family wealth that help some others get into school. If all preferences that aren't exactly focused on academics are not withdrawn, it is unfair to target the preferences for race. The reasons for race preference are to overcome years, centuries of racial discrimination. What is the reason for preferences based on wealth, absolutely nothing to do with the student or his/her merit, only to do with the good fortune of being born into or friends of good families.
I hear people talking about other ways to close the gap of opportunity for minorities as opposed to whites. Those are fine whenever they are put into place and are working, until then affirmative action must stay in place.
I laugh when I hear people say, well when will it all end. No one was concerned about that when for centuries African Americans were denied opportunities in this country, but now we have had affirmative action regulations for about 35 years and everyone needs to know when will it end. To be honest I think patience is in line for whites in this matter.