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Obviously 98% was hyperbole. A few liberal arts colleges (like Middlebury) are very white, but no selective colleges are extremely skewed because they care about maintaining a race balance. If URMs have a tougher time getting into top colleges, fewer would apply, creating a positive feedback loop.
Colleges are obviously self-interested and they have no incentive to admit everyone who is most qualified. I never said that I completely agree with them, but colleges don't really have a choice.
Since you didn't grow up with parents who forced you to score a 2300+, you can't really understand what I mean. I did, and I'm friends with many Asians whose parents are even more crazy than mine (mine only cared about the SAT I).
For example, I'm the only Bangladeshi in my US Government class. I'm also the only Muslim. When we have discussions in the classroom, I find that I often have differing viewpoints than the rest of my classmates
But I am saying that two people whose parents are from different countries are MORE LIKELY to have differing viewpoints than two people whose parents were raised in the same country and in the same religion.
This pervading effect that simply being a URM can have seems to justify affirmative action for me.
White (including Middle Eastern)
This just shows how you meaningless and arbitrary the categories are. Filipinos are not considered Hispanics or Latinos, despite that the Philippines was one of the last colonies Imperial Spain possessed. Whites who have Spanish ancestry (or even just Spanish parents) can call themselves Hispanic and thus receive preferential treatment, though there is nothing special about Spain compared to other European nations.