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And Maybe a More-Than-One-Drop Rule?


The Chronicle of Higher Education reports today that a new study has concluded that many students who refuse to check a racial box on their admissions forms are (horrors!) white. Here’s my favorite paragraph in the story: “The study’s main conclusion is that colleges need to collect more-precise data on the racial and ethnic backgrounds of their students. Otherwise, some students stand to gain an unfair advantage by being considered minority students in the admissions process.” Now, let’s see. “More-precise data”—as in, perhaps, DNA tests, birth certificates, that sort of thing? Great idea! And I love that “unfair advantage”—I mean, we can’t let schools get away with mistakenly awarding a racial preference to which a student isn’t properly entitled, now can we?


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