Yet when Stuart Taylor and Richard Sander researched affirmative action, they concluded it had become “a force for economic inequality” that reduced opportunity for academically well-prepared working class and poor Asian students, among others. Ward Connerly, who has led the charge against affirmative action policies nationally, notes the percentage of Asian college students at the University of California increased from 22 percent to 42 percent after racial preferences were ended.
So a modern policy to make amends for past discrimination is in fact discriminating against modern students whose ancestors were the target of past discrimination. Some might see that as self-defeating.
We all bleed red. Efforts to pretend otherwise, past and present, keep leading people through the looking glass into an upside-down world of racial polarization with increasingly bizarre outcomes.