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“Universities Record Drop in Black Admissions”


So reads a front-page story in today’s Washington Post. And the reason for this drop? Well, the Post really can’t say for sure, and it’s true that there is probably more than one reason, but the careful reader can figure out what a major one is. The Supreme Court’s decisions in the University of Michigan cases in 2003 outlawed the use of the more blatant sort of quotas and preferences, including the practice of awarding admission points based simply on skin color. And even those relatively modest prohibitions have resulted in a drop of black enrollees at some schools, especially selective, large public universities. So when these schools were claiming that race was “just one factor”—nothing more than a tiebreaker, really—it turns out that, surprise, they weren’t telling the truth.


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