Affirmative action in college admissions

The Supreme Court will have an opportunity to reverse its 2003 decision in Grutter v. Bollinger when it hears arguments that admissions policies at Harvard and the University of North Carolina discriminate against Asian-Americans (“Race, Harvard and the Supreme Court,” The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 25).  I hope it does so, but at the same time I hope it will hear new cases challenging the use of legacies.

Legacy preferences are really affirmative action.  The double standard that legacies are OK but race-based preferences are not has always bothered me.  I say get rid of both and judge applicants solely on their academic merits.

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