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To: Phantom Lord
Later, Billingsley stood across the bake sale table from Reggie Smith, a sophomore who argued that affirmative action is needed to make up for historical discrimination.

It doesn't 'make up' for anything - it just creates a whole new class of people who are getting something they don't deserve at the expense of others, in addition to perpetuating racial hostilities.

4 posted on 03/23/2004 7:01:11 PM PST by Lizavetta (Savage is right - extreme liberalism is a mental disorder.)
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To: Lizavetta
Did you see the Walter Williams column on the horrors caused by 'making up' for a historical issue? Great column.
8 posted on 03/23/2004 7:08:27 PM PST by Phantom Lord (Distributor of Pain, Your Loss Becomes My Gain)
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To: Lizavetta
What makes me crazy is this idea that anyone who is a minority has suffered from "historical discrimination." Personally, if an applicant was shown to have overcome disadvantage, then I think that fact should be considered in his or her application. I have a lot more respect for a student who got good grades while working full time to help their family, or who succeeded despite an inner city public school education, or who learned English as a second language. Good grades for that student, in my view, are a lot more noteworthy than the straight A student from Sidwell Friends who had a private tutor and whose application-padding "public service" consists of internships in the office of Daddy's congressional member golfing buddy. But "disadvantage" is not synonomous with "minority." It could be a person who grew up in the ghetto, or in Appalachia, or as a refugee... I don't care what race or ethnicity that person is. My problem with these affirmative action admissions is that so often the "disadvantaged" minorities getting into the schools are the children of doctors, lawyers, Judges, whatever. Are you telling me that Bill Cosby's kid, or Vernon Jordan's kid, is "disadvantaged" while a white student who grew up in Appalachia is privileged? Economic or social disadvantage is no longer synonomous with minority in this country. Why can't college admissions offices recognize that fact?
18 posted on 03/24/2004 4:33:03 AM PST by GraceCoolidge
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