Would This Be “Reverse Affirmative Action”?
Critics of the “diversity” rationale for affirmative action have always noted that its logic could be used to justify discrimination against minorities (as, indeed, it often is, re Asians) and women. And we see more and more evidence that many schools are concluding that they are admitting “too many” women: “[C]onsider the perspective of Jim McCorkell, founder of Admission Possible, a St. Paul program to help low-income high school kids prepare for college. Last year, 30% of the students were boys. This fall, that has inched up to 34%, but only because ‘we actually did a little affirmative action,’ McCorkell says. ‘If we had a tie (between a male and a female applicant), we gave it to a boy.’”