Affirmative Action vs. White Privilege

Abigail Fisher feels she was denied the right to attend a school that says she wouldn't have gotten in even without affirmative action. Oh. 

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a school that has stated that she would not have been admitted even without the current policies (that’s not a misprint; it bears repeating), she somehow feels that she is disenfranchised. But what about those who are disenfranchised at every turn from birth? Those who have never seen a cello, those who still manage to be college-material despite great disadvantages, but will be denied due to a biased admissions officer who may feel that the seemingly unremarkable qualities of someone like Abigail Fisher are simply a better fit for their school?

Doubt Ms. Fisher would have much to say about that. The Times quotes her has having the naïve attitude that if race is removed from college applications, “that everyone will be able to get into any school that they want no matter what race they are but solely based on their merit and if they work hard for it.”

White privilege is a hell of a drug.

Jamilah Lemieux is the News and Lifestyle Editor for EBONY.com. Opinions expressed here are her own.