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What affirmative action?
Michael Kinsley,CNN, January 20, 2003: How affirmative action helped George W.
If our President [Bush] had the slightest sense of irony, he might have paused to ask himself, "Wait a minute. How did I get into Yale?" It wasn't because of any academic achievement: his high school record was ordinary. It wasn't because of his life experience--prosperous family, fancy prep school--which was all too familiar at Yale. It wasn't his SAT scores: 566 verbal and 640 math.
They may not have had an explicit point system at Yale in 1964, but Bush clearly got in because of affirmative action. Affirmative action for the son and grandson of alumni. Affirmative action for a member of a politically influential family. Affirmative action for a boy from a fancy prep school. These forms of affirmative action still go on.
The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Harvard accepts 40% of applicants who are children of alumni but only 11% of applicants generally. And this kind of affirmative action makes the student body less diverse, not more so. George W. Bush, in fact, may be the most spectacular affirmative-action success story of all time.
Then there's John McCain who graduated 894 out of 899 from the Naval Academy. Not very stellar, but it helps if your daddy is an admiral in the Navy. His career post graduate was nothing to brag about either...except that he got shot down and was able to turn his captivity into a "hero status."
BTW -- I support affirmative action for the disadvantaged...not the privileged like Bush. However, like other SCOTUS rulings that favor the rich upper class, I expect it might indeed go away...by a 5-4 vote.