‘Deal me a hand’ With

‘Deal me a hand’
With very similar grades, SATs and activities, Robert Tagorda and his high school girlfriend applied to the same universities. He’s Filipino-American; she’s Hispanic. Guess what happened. (Here’s the background to the Spectator article.)

Also: In addition to Andrew Sullivan, Max Jacobs (not a relation) of Common Sense and Wonder fisks Maureen Dowd’s racist column accusing Clarence Thomas of ingratitude.

I once tried to check the claim that Thomas was admitted to Yale Law School because of racial preferences. I failed: His Holy Cross grades and LSATs are not in the public record, and therefore it’s impossible to know whether he was a “beneficiary” of affirmative action.

John McWhorter is insulted by the Supreme Court’s assumption that standards for blacks must be lowered. He quotes Zora Neale Hurston:

“It seems to me that if I say a whole system must be upset for me to win, I am saying that I cannot sit in the game, and that safer rules must be made to give me a chance. I repudiate that. If others are in there, deal me a hand and let me see what I can make of it.”

No doubt Dowd would call Hurston an Aunt Jemima. Or a madwoman.

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