July 3, 2018

Dear Mr. VP,

Unsurprisingly, today your administration rolled back Obama-era guidance about the use of race in admissions decisions. Obama’s administration thought diverse campuses were important. Yours doesn’t. Well, I’m shocked. Imagine, an administration full of white supremacists wanting to roll back the gains that students of color have made in their ability to access education.

I’ve worked in college admissions for years. I have some news for you. People of color don’t “take the spaces” due to white kids. That’s not how it works.

I’ve sat in admissions committees in which we’ve let someone in solely because they had the money to pay the full tuition. We’ve admitted people solely because they were excellent at playing a sport. We’ve admitted people solely because they had parents who had gone to the school. We never admitted someone solely because they were a person of color.

Just another dog whistle with an imaginary boogeyman.

D

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