August 10, 2017

Reverse Discrimination is still Discrimination

Jack Kemp

Recently Ben Cohen wrote a piece at American Thinker called "Promoting 'good' racial discrimination."  It was a criticism of affirmative action now - if not always - being a form of racial discrimination against whites and Asian-Americans.

Mr. Cohen made some very good points and I added a little known argument that was once brilliantly made in an extended Letter-to-the-Editor of the New York Post:

JackKemp • 3 days ago

Decades ago, an American with a Polish name wrote a long Letter to the Editor of the NY Post that was essentially a blog piece. He argued that middle class white students who studied hard and had good grades were denied entry to Ivy League schools because racial quotas allowed entry in their place of poorer performing black students (and I will state here that not every black student allowed entry was a poorer performing student). Thus middle class white students whose family never owned slaves were essentially paying for the sins of slave owning families in America's past. He noted that so called legacy students, children of Ivy grads and those who gave money to the schools' building funds, etc., were allowed easy entrance and a number of these old money familes actually did include those who directly benefited financially from the slave trade. A number of these rejected white students with good grades included children of people who came to America after WWII who never owned slaves. (Disclosure: although my family came to America after WWII, I never had four years of h.s. grades high enough to have made me a candidate for an Ivy League university). So the letter writer's conclusion was that middle class kids, often new immigrant whites, were essentially paying for the sins of some of the very legacy white students who breezed into Harvard or Yale. The obvious unstated conclusion of this man's Letter to the Editor was that American universities have a very politically corrupt admissions system.

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