Your Ethnic Affidavit, Please

by Roger Clegg

New York City now apparently requires those claiming Hispanic status in its municipal contracting program to submit a birth certificate and a signed affidavit as proof. An ugly business, but of course the alternative is an honor system that runs the risk of Elizabeth Warren–type exploitation. Oh, wait, there is one other alternative: Stop awarding contracts, faculty positions, and admission slots on the basis of skin color and what country someone’s ancestors came from.

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