Civil Rights activists that are blowing their tops over the recent Supreme Court ruling that struck down affirmative action in college admissions have now banded together to file a major lawsuit against Harvard for their legacy admissions, making the case that this practice provides white kids with wealthy parents who graduated from the school an advantage over minorities. Have you ever noticed that the left always has an excuse for the lack of forward progress that never, ever involves them taking responsibility for their own success? Crazy, right? Talk about self-entitlement.
A report published by The Daily Wire says, “After the high court ruled against the race-based admissions policies at Harvard and the University of North Carolina last week, Lawyers for Civil Rights, a Boston nonprofit, filed a lawsuit Monday on behalf of the black and Latino communities in New England, alleging Harvard’s legacy admissions violate the Civil Rights Act, the Associated Press reported.
“Why are we rewarding children for privileges and advantages accrued by prior generations?” Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal, the executive director at Lawyers for Civil Rights went on to ask concerning legacy admissions. “Your family’s last name and the size of your bank account are not a measure of merit, and should have no bearing on the college admissions process.”
“From 2014-2019, Harvard had an acceptance rate of 6% but enrolled 33% of legacy applicants and nearly 47% of applicants who were children of faculty or staff. Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid William R. Fitzsimmons defended the long-lasting practice in March, saying legacy status gives students a ‘slight tip’ in the admissions process,” the DW reported.
Individuals who were fans of the whole idea of affirmative action then made the case that race-based admissions policies provide a much needed counterbalance to the Ivy League school’s legacy admissions, which they believe gives preference to wealthy elites. Apparently, these folks aren’t aware that the vast majority of individuals who are attending schools like Harvard are leftists.
However, if you think it’s only liberals who want to see these schools stop legacy admissions, you’d be wrong. In fact, there are a number of individuals on both sides of the spectrum that want to see the practice brought to an end, including South Carolina Republican Sen. Tim Scott.
President Joe Biden is now asking universities to give more thought to legacy admissions, saying they “expand privilege instead of opportunity.” As much as it pains my soul to the core to admit it, I actually agree with Biden on this. We need to return our nation to being a meritocracy. For those who might not have heard that phrase before, it means people earn what they have based on their own hard work and effort, not by external factors like being related to someone who formerly graduated from a fancy, expensive university.
“I think the question is how do you continue to create a culture where education is the goal for every single part of our community?” Scott went on to ask during an appearance on Fox News. “One of the things that Harvard could do to make that even better is to eliminate any legacy programs where they have preferential treatment for legacy kids, not allow for the professors — their kids to come to Harvard as well.”
Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch is also not a big fan of legacy admissions, which he made crystal clear in a concurring opinion after he voted with conservatives to toss out affirmative action, stating that the process “undoubtedly benefit[s] white and wealthy applicants the most.”
“Its preferences for the children of donors, alumni, and faculty are no help to applicants who cannot boast of their parents’ good fortune or trips to the alumni tent all their lives,” Gorsuch stated.
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