College Admission When You’re White, Privileged And Righteous

Books - photo by ChrisRecently the Supreme Court punted on an affirmative action case, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, sending the case back to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Abigail Fisher, a white woman, applied to the school in 2008 when she was a high school senior. She was rejected, and because, well, she’s white and the school is not color blind, according to Fisher, that means her rejection was discriminatory. You know, there’s a lot of that going around these days. People born into white privilege are increasingly screwed in today’s America. They don’t stand a chance!

Or could it be that Fisher simply didn’t match up against other applicants, including — wait for it — other white applicants.

CBS News — While the University of Texas defended its consideration of race, most students are accepted into UT Austin through the “Top 10 percent” law — a program that doesn’t consider race. The “Top 10” program grants automatic admission to the top students in every Texas high school. Fisher did not qualify for the program. In 2008, just 216 accepted students accepted outside of the “Top 10” program were black or Hispanic.

And then there’s the supposed satire by 17-year-old Suzy Lee Weiss, who penned an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal with the tagline “If only I had a tiger mom or started a fake charity.” See, Weiss too was rejected by schools in the name of diversity much to the horror of the white privilege class.

The Wall Street Journal — Like me, millions of high-school seniors with sour grapes are asking themselves this week how they failed to get into the colleges of their dreams. It’s simple: For years, they—we—were lied to.

Well that’s provocative.

What could I have done differently over the past years?

For starters, had I known two years ago what I know now, I would have gladly worn a headdress to school. Show me to any closet, and I would’ve happily come out of it. “Diversity!” I offer about as much diversity as a saltine cracker. If it were up to me, I would’ve been any of the diversities: Navajo, Pacific Islander, anything. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, I salute you and your 1/32 Cherokee heritage.

Yeah that’s right, you weren’t rejected on the merits, you were rejected because you weren’t diverse enough. Keep telling yourself that. And then let me know when a black student gets an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal with a story of his or her rejection.

/ photo by Chris

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