Before I came here and tormented you folks, my online hobby was college admissions counseling. I used to be a moderator for a site called "College Confidential," which is largely focused on overachieving high schoolers trying to gain admission to a small set of competitive colleges.
And it was there that my opinion that affirmative action is sorely needed was truly solidified. Because once you study college admissions on any scale, you realize that it is absolutely a money game. A terrible, privileged money game. And the stakes aren't small. Not only for admission, but for access to funds. Despite what the GOP might think, most people can't afford college on Pell grants alone, and most people would like to not work 40 hours a week while in school because, y'know, studying. Sure, there are loans, but aren't we also bad people for wanting those?
Well, anyway, this article came up in my radar today: http://www.racialicious.com/2013/04/10/to-…
I was so wonderfully reminded of why we still need AA. Because there still exists a significant segment of American society that not only doesn't understand their privileges, they actively seek to keep themselves entrenched in them.