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Re: Affirmative Action at the Naval Academy


Kudos to the courageous Professor Fleming, who has blown this particular whistle before — for example, in a 2003 Washington Post op-ed. He’s right that this scandalous two-track system is illegal. And he’s right as well that the high costs include not only the obvious ones for the Navy and the country, the waste of the taxpayers’ money, and the unfairness to those discriminated against, but the fact that the purported beneficiaries of this discrimination are significantly less likely to graduate.

I should note that the Center for Equal Opportunity documented strong evidence that such discrimination was occurring at the Naval Academy (and, to a lesser extent, at West Point) in a 1998 study, available online here.


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