Romer and Michigan
stevenjamar at gmail.com
Fri Nov 10 08:36:32 PST 2006
Why should someone from Montana get a plus and someone from Maryland
get a minus at Yale or Columbia or Brown or most NE schools?
Supply and demand? Is that a sufficient answer? Why is geographic
diversity or economic diversity ok but racial diversity is not as a
matter of policy? As a matter of law?
Economic background is not the only relevant criteria for diversity.
Why should there be any need-based grants, Rick? Why should we
privilege those who don't have money over those who do? On an
individual basis, that is.
On Nov 10, 2006, at 11:24 AM, Rick Duncan wrote:
> I think there is a big difference between a scholarship limited
> to, say, children of dairy farmers, and one limited on the basis of
> race. It is the same difference the Constitution makes when it
> treats racial classifications as suspect, but most other
> classifications (such as ones on the basis of dairy farmer status)
> as non-suspect. It is the normative notion that persons should not
> be judged on the basis of race or ethnicity. It is the difference
> between the way a dairy farmer feels when he is the butt of a joke
> about dairy farmers, and the way a person feels when he hears a
> racist or ethnic joke.
> Just as the Court takes racial classifications more seriously when
> confronted with them in litigation, many white working class
> students take racial injustice more seriously when they experience
> it. And I think it is particularly difficult for working class
> people to accept racial classifications that often seem to
> advantage racial minority students from privileged homes. Why
> should Steven Carter get a racial plus and Jennifer Gratz get a
> racial minus when they both apply to Harvard Law School? Ms. Gratz
> (and I) will never understand that.
> Rick Duncan
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