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Sorting Through Race Relations At UCSD

I'd just like to say a few words on the topic of affirmative action. Some of the guests on the programme discussed the bygone era of affirmative action almost with a sense of nostalgia. Citing Regents of the U.C. v. Bakke, they seemed to hint at U.C.'s new non-affirmative action admissions policies as disadvantageous towards minorities.

My uncle applied to Medical School several times, much as Bakke did, with above the required credentials. After being rejected time and time again, the admissions officer, off the record, of course, told him, "Look, your the wrong age, the wrong color, and the wrong sex."

Affirmative action is nothing less than a racist policy. Under affirmative action admissions policies, if applicant X and applicant Y apply, X having more academic credentials and higher test scores than Y, but Y being a person of color, Y will be admitted, and X's years of hard work will earn him/her nothing. Why? Because X has the wrong skin color. If that's not racism, then I don't know what is.

February 25, 2010 at 10:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )