Affirmative action divides the country

It’s impossible to know how the Supreme Court will rule in two cases involving the role of race in college admissions (“Supreme Court to Revisit University Affirmative-Action Programs,” The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 29).  But one thing is certain: nearly three-quarters of Americans don’t believe race or ethnicity should be a factor, according to a March survey by the Pew Research Center.

I’ve long believed that merit alone should be the basis for deciding who is admitted to college. If that means only Asians and whites, so be it.  College is not for everyone.  Admitting students who lack the proper academic wherewithal in order to engineer diversity sets them up for failure and lowers overall standards. The Supreme Court hasn’t helped clarify matters by its past decisions in the Bakke case and in the Grutter case.

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