‘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.)
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.