From an Inside Higher Ed article today on a lawsuit alleging racial discrimination by Miami University:
“Marvin Thrash brought the suit after he was rejected for tenure. He had joined the public university in Ohio as an ‘opportunity hire’ after he was a finalist, but not selected, for an open tenure-track position in paper science and engineering. He argued that his record was devalued because of bias against those hired with affirmative action.”
Well, yes, it’s quite plausible that, if you are hired according to lower standards, some people will devalue your record. One of the many costs of racial preferences.