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"Race" in College Applications FAQ & Discussion 12

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Replies to: "Race" in College Applications FAQ & Discussion 12

  • collegemomjamcollegemomjam Registered User Posts: 985 Member
    @theloniusmonk wrote:

    Affirmative Action was never intended to address income gaps, even though that has been a byproduct. However while income is probably a bigger issue now, colleges that use AA are not going to give admission to a poor Asian over a weatlhy African American.

    I'm not sure that is the case. You might be right, generally speaking at most schools, but I do wonder if a poor Asian (especially one from a less popular Asian country?) might get a shot over a wealthy African American at some of the truly need blind and more elite schools? I just feel like a school like Harvard might do the right thing in that situation. I would think they would at least be able to compare a poor Asian to a wealthy Asian? I really don't know and many people on this thread have more information on what happens behind closed doors than I do.

    Again, generally speaking I think you are right.
  • ELopez1275ELopez1275 Registered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
    People are going around in circles affirmative action was NOT meant for economic reasons or to correct all social ills. of society or the world.

    It was passed as part of the Civil Rights Act, and LBJ added gender stipulations to it, as a means to correct the US government's bias against African Americans. Not Cubans, not Egyptians. African Americans, people who went through slavery and segregation as a DIRECT result of the American government. What that has to do with Cuba or Copts or Nigerians?
  • ZinheadZinhead Registered User Posts: 2,364 Senior Member
    @ELopez1275 - So are you saying that Hispanics should not benefit from affirmative action?
  • collegemomjamcollegemomjam Registered User Posts: 985 Member
    @ELopez you are probably technically right, but I think AA has become more than that in practice. I was on U of Maryland's website earlier today and they say on their website that they take socioeconomic status, race, and ethnicity into consideration in admissions decisions. They don't say "we follow what AA was exactly created for". So while maybe AA was not MEANT exactly the way schools execute it, I think the scope of it has become a lot more than African Americans. So maybe we can't call it AA technically anymore because of that, but I think AA has become the catchall. And from I can tell, other URM's benefit from AA, not just African Americans. If they didn't, I don't think we'd have some much activity on this thread.
  • CoolestAsianCoolestAsian Registered User Posts: 39 Junior Member
    I read the fist page of this thread and thought "okay it can't get more controversial then this"

    Boy was I wrong...
  • BooCockyBooCocky Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    You should check all the boxes.
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