Affirmative Action: August 1, 2017

Dear Mr. VP,

From one college admissions professional to another…sort of (I know it was a long time ago for you).

This is my eleventh year doing work in some sector of college admissions. Seven years full time at one institution. One year part-time. Two years reading for another more selective institution and sitting in on their admissions committee. Several years working as an independent college counselor.

Let me be clear: white people are not discriminated against in the process of college admissions. They just aren’t. So this line from the Justice Department is ridiculous.

If you want to talk about who is “taking your spot” when you aren’t admitted, here’s a clue: a rich kid, an athlete, or a legacy student (or, you know, maybe just a kid with better and more interesting credentials). I’ve seen students who fall into each of these categories given preferential treatment, over and over again. You’re not being rejected because you were discriminated against for your skin color (ahem, Abigail Fisher), but because you weren’t a full pay, you’re not a great football player, your dad didn’t graduate in the class or ’80 (and your grandpa before him), or maybe just because your grades sucked and your essay was a terrible piece about your family’s yearly summer vacation to Martha’s Vineyard.

So let’s just be clear that this is bogus white victimhood. White people get into college. Plenty of colleges. White people do not have trouble getting into college because of their race. If you are white and you want to go to college, you’ll get in somewhere.* Just in case the people in the back didn’t hear.

*Though yes, paying for it may be another matter, because as you well know, financing higher education isn’t a current fiscal priority for our country.


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