The U.S. Supreme Court now has a case in front of it in which it must decide whether state colleges in Michigan can use race and gender as a factor in choosing which students to admit.
The law was passed seven years ago with support of 58% of voters.
It was added to the Michigan Constitution, barring publicly funded colleges from granting “preferential treatment to any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin.”
I have a few opinions on this.
First, the Supreme Court should not assume it has a right to repeal the vote of the citizens of the State of Michigan, in this instance. I don’t agree that Affirmative Action is a “constitutional right”. Therefore, banning affirmative action is not a violation of anyone’s civil rights.
Most of all, the Supreme Court should never violate the voting rights of those who decided such an issue on a ballot.
However, I don’t believe the affirmative action debate really seeks to resolve the core issue.
If race doesn’t matter, I want to know why is the question still being asked in employment and college admissions applications? I would like to see the terms of the debate changed.
Contrary to the false narrative of many of my conservative peers who bemoan how affirmative action leads to ‘racial quotas”, qualitative and quantitative evidence shows that white women benefit more from affirmative action than either Black men or Black women across the board.
In effect, affirmative action is not providing a crutch for Blacks as much as it is for white women.
That said, I would like to see an end to quotas based on gender or so called race. I believe all employment and higher education should be merit based. We ought to receive only that which we have competed for and earned.
However, there is another issue that is ignored by those who want to end affirmative action.
They are silent on the issue of what is called “legacy preferences”.
Legacy preferences or legacy admission is a preference given by an institution to applicants on the basis of their familial relationship to alumni of that institution.
Ivy League Universities are said to admit up to 30% of each entering class using this factor.
Legacy preferences are no better, morally, than affirmative action.
Minorities often refer to legacy preferences as “white privilege”. I simply call it hypocrisy.
Therefore, I propose the following solutions:
1. Eliminate legacy preferences in all public institutions.
2 Eliminate affirmative action in all public institutions.
3 Eliminate the question of race in all applications for employment in the public sector
4 Eliminate the question of race in all applications for SAT and Act Exams, college loans, Pell grants, and entrance applications.for all public institutions.
Let’s stop pretending race doesn’t matter when it clearly does to those who claims it doesn’t. If it does not matter, then there should be no reason to ask such a ridiculous question when it has nothing to do with qualification.
I find that those who pursue the elimination of affirmative action, but don’t want to actually address the real issues, are hypocrites, including the Attorney General of the State of Michigan.
If they are serious about getting rid of preferences and quotas, then I support it 100 percent, but they are not really serious about it.
They just want to try to eliminate it for some. Not for all. That becomes clear in the language of their efforts, which focuses on minorities in particular.
Let’s end the hypocrisy and implement real solutions by eliminating any and all preferences, along with no longer asking about race when it actually does and should not matter.