LAWLAW09 wrote:I didn't argue that the consequences and rationale are justified. I'm arguing that the consequences and rationale aren't the same or even close to being same. Therefore, the "reverse" never took place and doesn't take place.
I think we're talking past each other because you ascribe a negative connotation to the word discriminate. I simply mean "choose." AA is as system of "choosing" applicants based on race, and it is a system that disfavors the majority.
LAWLAW09 wrote:You can't acknowledge that there are other factors to explain why a White person gets into a school over a White person with higher grades, or that there are other factors at play to explain when a lower-scoring URM gets into a school over a higher scoring URM, and then try to say a White person didn't get into a school because an applicant took their spot b/c of a policy that considers race as an additional consideration.
You're picking and choosing which factors (outside of scores) should matter and are the deciding factor. And, you're doing so with very little information.
Fair point. I can understand why the schools would value diversity, and that factor is no less legitimate than some others. However, it just strikes me as a bit inconsistent to argue that the answer to institutionalized racism is individualized discrimination. I guess you could argue that your point about proportionality makes one acceptable and not the other. OK, fair point.
LAWLAW09 wrote:I think fair-minded, but self-interested people implicitly argue that all the time. Institutional racism isn't perpetuated b/c it's the cool thing to do or the right thing to do.
The thing is, I have no skin in the game. I'm already in law school. In fact, I probably benefited from the URM boost. But I have never been discriminated against, and I grew up in a fairly affluent family. If there was ever someone who didn't deserve the boost, it was me. But yet here I am with my full scholarship, and my white friends are up to their necks in debt. Something about that strikes me as unfair.