I just pick it up and move on, and don't assign blame to my race+gender.
I have heard the 'pick it up and move on' advice given in many situations - would you not say it tends to be a bit overused? The argument 'life is unfair' doesn't help anyone, and I think we can all agree that a lot of people spend a whole heck of a lot of time trying to make it a little more on the fair side anyway, an endeavor which hasn't gone unappreciated in history (which you know more about than I, as a history..minor?)
Now I understand why posting on a forum about this stuff when a lot of people have had the same issue can ruffle some feathers, but really as long as the policy affects a lot of people, it's going to be debated.
I think what is perhaps a bit more fair is to ask the OP - what should we do instead? And why? He/she probably knows reasonably well what the argument of those who implement the given policy is (or if not, should go find out). Then what? I think that's the real question.
@Piper - glad it was clarified. I'm a bit too unfamiliar with MIT's actual values to debate effectively on whether they're appropriate or not. I fully imagine the school is doing quite a good job in many ways, and has some stellar students and people - that's about all my knowledge.