• Jonathan Feingold

    Jonathan Feingold Jonathan Feingold is a School of Law associate professor of law, can be reached at jfeingol@bu.edu. Profile

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There are 4 comments on POV: COVID-19 Makes the Case for Affirmative Action

  1. What happened to King’s “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

    No doubt race plays a role in one’s life experiences (as does religion, wealth, health, etc.), but we should be judging students solely by their work. Anything else is a step back into an unwelcome past.

    1. It’s disappointing to see that this is the miseducation you take from the teachings of Dr. King. Kings lesson in asserting that we should not be judged by the color of our skin is that the poison well of racial bias should be purged. Yet, we continue to lift buckets of poison water from that same well. The disparities of educational opportunity, health, housing, life expectancy continue to be defined by race. These disparities were not accidental or inadvertent; they were the poison built into the American experiment by design of our forefathers. To close our eyes to these realities and pretend that fairness is being served is a cynical sleight of hand. To thwart corrective affirmative action suggests that we can remove a poison infused deliberately by design into the fabric of America with a simple waive of a good-will magic wand. That is a superficial read of Dr. King’s message and a perverse interpretation of his legacy.

  2. Affirmative action perpetuates discrimination and racism against other groups of people, and ultimately leaves the people that intended to help in a much worse situation.

    If you want to find a solution look at the Boston area where the wealthy liberal/progressive elite (mostly white) has pushed minorities and poor whites out of their towns using high properties cost, taxes and regulations.

    They have forced them into failing schools that will never provide them with the education they need to compete. This is what liberals/progressives refer to as systemic racism, without understanding they are responsible for it ( https://news.yahoo.com/minneapolis-one-americas-most-liberal-115748509.html ).

    If you want to start addressing the problem, you could for example allow the kids from Chelsea, Dorchester and Roxbury into the primary schools of Brookline, Newton and Belmont.

    I am sure they will perform as well or better than the local kids when it comes time to apply for college.

  3. It’s important to remember that these institutions have been exclusionary by nature since their founding. Highly selective colleges, and most colleges and universities in general, were built for and have focused on the educational and employment opportunities of white students. Racial and ethnic minorities were excluded from these spaces regardless of how qualified they were. This history explains why race-neutral admission processes fail to produce more diverse campuses.

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