Asian-Americans are complaining that they must meet higher standards to get into elite colleges. From the Washington Post:
Asian American students have higher average SAT scores than any other government-monitored ethnic group, and selective colleges routinely reject them in favor of African American, Hispanic and even white applicants with lower scores in order to have more diverse campuses and make up for past discrimination.
Some Asian-Americans have a “past discrimination” claim too, after all. Others are the children of recent immigrants, but that’s also true of black students at selective colleges, points out Ed Chin, a New Jersey physician campaigning for equity.
. . . Chin notes, Harvard humanities professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. recently estimated that two-thirds of blacks at Harvard are not descendants of American slaves but the middle-class children of relatively recent immigrants from the Caribbean and Africa. “Why should they deserve admission with lowered standards — relatively speaking — based solely on the color of their skin over a high-achieving Asian American living in a Chinatown ghetto or a black ghetto, or a poor white from the slums of New York City?” Chin asked.
The children of low-income Asian immigrants tend to do quite well in school. They work harder.