One reason shifting to a need based/income based affirmative action would be a good idea. Since minorities are disproportionately represented among the poor such assistance would also aid them at a higher rate, but it would additionally address a need that, at the present time is going unattended to.

Of course, the bigger issue is dealing with the systemic problems have have caused such disparities to increase rather than decline.

Here’s a fact that may not surprise you: the children of the rich perform better in school, on average, than children from middle-class or poor families. Students growing up in richer families have better grades and higher standardized test scores, on average, than poorer students; they also have hi…

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