Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Affirmative Action? How About Looking at Legacy Admissions for Whites.

People in the United States are so programmed that we need to keep the top of the hierarchy on top.

Phillip Bump of the Washington Post points out that legacy admission to colleges are considered by many people to be valid, while affirmative action because of being a non-white-male are not.

"Last year, Gallup asked Americans what factors should come into play when considering college applicants. About three-quarters of respondents said a student’s high school grades should be a major factor; about 3 in 10 said economic circumstances should be.

"But what jumps out is a revealing comparison on affirmative action. Only 9 percent of respondents said that race or ethnicity should be a major factor in acceptance, with an additional 27 percent saying it should be a minor factor. But legacy admissions — giving preference to students whose parents had attended the same school — was viewed as something that should be considered with more weight than race."

Bump goes on to say that affirmative action for those from college-educated families — families that are more likely to be white — was viewed as more acceptable than affirmative action for black or Hispanic students.

The Trump family is used as an example. Father Donald went to Wharton School of Finance, as did his children Donald Jr. and Ivanka. But good luck in having administration and his attorney general focus on that injustice.