To me it was clear that Ryan Henry, the black student who applied and was accepted to Princeton, was the most talented of the three. He was in the running for the school Val, which was not mentioned for the others, and had research published through MIT, and was an officer in one or more clubs. This was not an Affirmative Action admit. This was a pure talent admit.
I grew up in good ole NJ, and it's basically a binary state, there are really good places and really bad places. Yeah there's some middle class cities, but you have Hoboken and you have Upper Saddle River. So I googled average income and Glen Ridge is $170K, Upper Saddle River, $250K. That's bay area, Florida keys kind of wealth.
Honestly, I wasn't particularly impressed by the academic achievements listed for any of the kids in the video, in the context of the tippiest-top of colleges.
It was not clear at all, the report I think wanted to track students with similar profiles with only race separating them.
A vague notion of class rank and listing a few sentences about ECs is far too little information to estimate chance of admission.
The programs are open to students from diverse economic backgrounds.
"this is the level of accomplishment I typically see for science students of all races that are accepted at places like Princeton et al."
All races? Not true, an Asian or white with that research is not getting into Princeton early, they'll be deferred
It is one of the toughest parts of the debate about AA for me because a co-author of published research from MIT and possible high school valedictorian will have his credentials questioned because he is black.
An African American kid will have his accomplishments questioned no matter how qualified the student is.
Part of that come from an educational system that has treated my African American son differently most steps of the way (Teacher not testing son for gifted program without our intervention, my very quiet and introverted child getting conduct demerits for frivolous infractions when I have personally observed other children being a distraction to class without a receiving a warning, and a seemingly lack of expectations for my child in comparison to other children).
Now that my son has proven himself as a high standardized test taker at the high school level, I have noticed a change and the system has “flipped” to his advantage.