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February 25, 2005

Race and the UW: responses


Here are two responses to my column on racial (and poverty) preferences at the University of Washington.

This, from a UW prof:

Thanks for writing the column on diversity and preferences. It takes courage to raise these questions, even in the rather mild and oblique manner of your article…

Faculty members that I know, for the most part, do not endorse racial or economic preferences in admission decisions. We want smart, motivated students and we don't give a damn what color they are, or what kinds of cars their daddies drive. I do not think that there is any significant tendency to favor students based on race or socioeconomic class in UW classes. It would be interesting to see statistics on GPAs and graduation rates broken down by these categories. I predict that the preferred admission groups do poorer than others, on average.

This, from a critic:

Hypocrite. You didn't address the issue of "affirmative-action" based on privileged class, which you advocated in your mendacious way. Again, a right-wing hypocrite.

I responded:

How did I advocate that?

He quoted my column back to me, and wrote at the bottom:

Beneath the "diversity" trap is the knowledge that most minorities do not fit in that category, thus you advocate keeping the larger community of minorities out. The net effect is fewer minorities--and in a backdoor way, support "affirmative action" for those who would benefit for your "plan," the rich, powerful and connected to force their dullard children into Harvard, Yale or whoever wants booster support.

I replied:

I don't understand your argument.

He wrote:

Uh-uh. I see the Vancome Man, holding his ears and going "la-la-la-la...."

We went on for another round, but I’ll leave it at that.


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Posted by Bruce Ramsey at February 25, 2005 12:06 PM



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