NEWS BLOG (WSAU) He
has short blonde hair and blue eyes. He speaks with a British accent that doesn’t
sound quite right. He sounds like maybe he’s from
Now his oldest son is about to attend college. On his
college application he checks the box marked ‘African-American’. Indeed he is.
His family emigrated from
This shows how ludicrous race-based admissions are.
There are other absurdities. A Caucasian-appearing female whose
mother appears to be white and father appears to be white can claim to be Hispanic
because her grandfather was born in
There are some Asian-Americans who are disadvantaged when they apply for college. States with small Asian populations find many students with straight A’s looking for those slots. A Taiwanese or Korean student has a better chance of getting into college by identifying themselves as white.
What about Jews? They don’t get a race-based preference, although Karaite jews are African – and they are a much smaller minority than traditional African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans.
If you want to throw your hands up and say ‘this is ridiculous’ – that’s the point.
It will get even more confusing. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 25% of Asian-Americans will marry outside their ethnic group. It’s 24% for Hispanic-Americans and 17% for African-Americans. The second-generation children of these marriages see no distinctions in who they procreate with. How should the college admissions office treat them?
The time has come for race-blind college admissions. If we’re supposed to treat everyone equally once they’re in school, let’s treat them the same when they apply.