What does these graphs tell us? Nothing. Just that the proportion of races were mostly maintained. Asians might have deserved 100% of the seats and yet, are kept within proportion. They might have deserved no seats and yet kept within the proportion. There is no really useful info there.
Ahh I only understood now that people who advocate against this believe that purely meritocratic decisions should be made for college admissions rather than decisions that account for individuals’ inequitable access to resources. Multiple studies show that stuff like SATs are deeply related to wealth as well as other resources. My personal belief is that college should attempt to balance out this inequitable distribution of academic and financial resources through affirmative action (both in terms of wealth and race/ethnicity) but I can see how others may hold alternative opinions.
That's such a horrible correlation honestly. Sure wealth does bring better resources and access to quality training for SAT prep. It stills fall on that student to do well in the SATs at the end of the day. Discrediting a high SAT score and attributing it to privilege is a very vile thing to say. Regardless of what resources you may have had, you will always have to work hard. Just because you prefix sentences with "few studies" does not mean it adds merit to your claims. I am for equity. I am against racism. But I will not be for fighting racism with reverse racism.
Equity means equitable opportunity, which is not, in my opinion, a reality as of now. Students from different backgrounds attend and have access to vastly different schools, academic opportunities etc. I guess I should have clarified that it isn’t just a few studies but probably almost every recent study within the field of neuroscience/psychology related to race/education/ class that demonstrates the impact of environmental and resource inequities across individuals from different groups. Everything from studies on stereotype threat to studies that demonstrate how American culture disallow individuals of color who have faced historic racism from demonstrating their merit — suggest the very real necessity of affirmative action. It’s always interesting to hear the reasons people oppose affirmative action — whether it be an unwillingness to acknowledge their own privileges, an ignorance to the disparate experiences of individuals face in the world or because individuals simplistically believe it is about “working hard.” Take for instance multiple studies done that demonstrate the highest performing students at the poorest schools perform similarly to the worst performing students at the most wealthy schools — and the primary factor for this difference being wealth...that is far from equity. Equity and true meritocracy is about individuals’ performance under equitable conditions. Unfortunately our world doesn’t allow for that as of now so t is the role of educational institutions to attempt to correct these inequities.
I don't disagree that social reform is required. I completely agree with your notion of equitable opportunities. But the current trends of affirmative action and anti whiteness is the not the way to go. It is just plain racism manifesting differently. We need social reform, we need to stop looking at race. It's just a level of pigmentation. I am neither black nor white mind you. But I am a follower of MLK. What's happening goes everything against what he wanted. Please understand what I am trying to say. I am often labeled an alt righter/nazi when I express these opinions.
Then I realize who Harvard are really serving, and it is not to be the best academically or create the best graduates.
It is merely there to make the donors and their children look good, and can blend in to the high achiever crowd around them. They don't want to stand out as the wealthy kids among a whole school of middle class, or Asian, or low income, or international students, or men, or Jewish. They want to blend in.