Reply to "Another nail in the coffin of anti-affirmative action arguments"

I found a snippet about it in a Tim Wise article. It doesn't have the exact statistic like the one that I am thinking of, but it does make the point well.:



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Or for that matter, consider Jennifer Gratz, the lead plaintiff in a reverse discrimination suit against the University of Michigan, which was resolved in her favor in June 2003.

Despite her successful claim against the undergraduate school of Literature, Arts and Sciences, it is impossible to claim that she was actually victimized so as to make way for less qualified students of color. After all, the year she was rejected, there were not only several dozen students of color who got in to Michigan ahead of her, despite having had lower test scores and grades than she, but there were well over a thousand other whites with lower scores and grades who were also admitted ahead of her.

Furthermore, there were approximately two thousand other whites who were rejected along with Gratz, despite having had higher scores and grades than she.

The first of these facts suggests that Gratz was not passed over on behalf of people of color, so much as other whites, who fit certain admissions criteria better than she did, while the second of these facts indicates that even in the absence of any affirmative action program at Michigan, Ms. Gratz wouldn't have been admitted to the first year class in Ann Arbor, as there were two thousand other white applicants in front of her in line, using the straight grade and SAT formula that she seemed to favor.

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http://www.lipmagazine.org/~ti...PlayingRaceCard.html

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