AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.
the year I applied to yale law school, the most qualified black in terms of scores was lower than 1400 white and asian applicants who were rejected. The dean of the law school-Dean Thomas-a black-admitted that if Yale only admitted people based on scores, there would have been no african americans in the class
one prominent black law professor applied to Yale and harvard. he was accepted at one school and not the other. He called the school that rejected him and when they learned he was a black-recinded their rejection but he went to the other school and became a professor there
I realize you probably didn't go to a top school Boo but anyone who did and was playing the law school admissions game saw black students who had vastly inferior scores getting into places like Harvard or columbia or Cornell or Duke law schools ahead of far more qualified whites and Asians
who was the respondent
and who filed amicus briefs on behalf of the racist affirmative action system
you can find out as I did
Note, the school is not the respondent (i.e. the side wanting affirmative action)
Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action : SCOTUSblog
I, along with others at the University of Michigan, made two decisions at this point. The first was that we would mount a full and comprehensive case supporting Justice Powell's constitutional thesis in Bakke - namely, that racial and ethnic diversity are critically important to a modern education for all students - and that we would show that our undergraduate and law school admissions practices were entirely consistent with that constitutional norm.
The last myth is that this policy, well-intentioned and even important as it is, materially diminishes the likelihood of a white student being admitted, and is therefore unfair. This notion that enormous numbers of whites are being denied admission because of the preferential treatment of under-represented minorities is simply false. In fact, admissions policies such as Michigan's do not meaningfully affect a white student's chances of admission.
Seven Myths about Affirmative Action in Universities | Columbia University in the City of New York
Schools like Columbia have the absolute right to prefer blacks or legacies or jocks or chess masters with lower grades/scores over stronger applicants. Public universities do not have any right to engage in racial discrimination
Yay, another Affirmative Action hijack.
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