This is actually a pretty strange article if you read the whole thing.
The author makes some very good points about the gratitude racket but he missed the fact that he DID take advantage of it by even going to Yale in the first place.
He wouldn’t be an Ivy Leaguer of his own accord and he resents that. It would be different if his scores were as high as his White/Asian counterparts and people were not recognizing that but they weren’t.
Some White or Asian person would not have gotten into Yale with his scores and he took the spot of someone with higher scores.
The resentful person should be the person whose spot he took. He seems to think he deserved to be at Yale when he truly didn’t.
There is a strong undercurrent of I’m the “true victim” here. If only these token “people of color”, minorities, “victims of white paternalism” would get out of the way, I’d show “whitey” what a true victim looks like.
If his scores had been 1600 and he did the work, I’d understand the resentment. He took the freebie he really should be grateful he’s not the White/Asian person whose spot he took. Ironic.
One of the reasons for his secrecy about his transcripts may be that his academic record was so far below what a white person would have needed to get in that it would be obvious he got in either from affirmative action or from someone important pulling the strings to get him in.