Racism and Racial Preferences

by Roger Clegg

The Washington Post, which once in a while has a decent editorial on racial issues, doesn’t today. Instead its editors — along with some other liberals out there over the last few days — try to use the recent racist statements of Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling (apparently) to justify racial preferences in university admissions.

This is absurd. There will always be racists (of all colors), but that is no justification for race-based decisionmaking by others; there are other and better ways to fight racism. Indeed, announcing that blacks and Latinos will be held to lower admission standards than whites and Asians is more likely to reinforce than undermine racial stereotypes. And so, likewise, is the creation of a campus environment where the blacks and Latinos are on average significantly less academically qualified than the whites and Asians.