U.S. Colleges Must End Racist Admissions Practices

Georgetown University. Photo by Timothy Vollmer.

The following article I authored for The Federalist discusses a very difficult (but important) subject: race-based admissions practices. Many colleges say they don’t hold “race” against any applicants, but the reality is certain racial groups are given preferential treatment, which effectively punishes those who don’t fall into the “favored” categories, especially “African-American,” “Hispanic,” and “Native American.” Some groups are even punished. Rather than choosing applicants based on skin color and ethnic heritage, candidates should be chosen based on the content of their character.

From The Federalist:

Georgetown University recently announced the elite private college will grant special admissions privileges to descendants of 272 African-American slaves the school helped to sell in 1838. According to Georgetown President John DeGioia, descendants of the slaves will benefit from the same admissions advantages given to alumni and their family members, as well as others in the “Georgetown community.”

Georgetown isn’t the first university to attempt to atone for its slavery-related sins, but it is the first to offer an admissions advantage as a way to make up for past injustices.

There is no question slavery was abhorrent and that any institution involved in the practice ought to work to ensure liberty is given to all and that truly racist, sexist, and bigoted practices are eliminated from its admissions processes. But in their pursuit to compensate for their racist pasts, Georgetown and other elite colleges—many of which offer admissions preferences to particular minority groups—have engaged in an entirely new form of bigotry against those applicants who don’t happen to have the “right” racial composition. America’s most prestigious colleges are, in fact, applying unquestionably racist admissions policies under the guise of “diversity,” building for themselves an entirely new form of institutional bias that will need to be apologized for in the future.

The proof of racial favoritism in higher education is overwhelming. In 2012, Rachel Rubin, a doctoral student at Harvard University, conducted a survey of the admissions practices used by the 63 most competitive colleges in the United States and found that of the 21 percent that acknowledged using non-academic admissions characteristics as their first stage in making an admissions decision, 42 percent said race was the most important variable, tied for first among all responses with “exceptional talent.” Rubin also concluded certain “pools” of applicants receive preference at many of the colleges surveyed at some point in the admissions process, including “non-white U.S. citizens.” READ MORE …

PHOTO: Georgetown University. Photo by Timothy Vollmer.