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Affirmative action: It is utterly wrong

| Monday, April 7, 2003

After the big buildup, the U.S. Supreme Court heard the University of Michigan affirmative action case. It is clear that the crypto-racists have dug their claws into the Constitution with no compunction about having it ripped to shreds.

That racial preferences are unconstitutional is of no moment if the protections of the Fourteenth Amendment are denied to whites.

As such, the vast underclass of the educationally inferior may be slowly introduced to civilization if a few of their number are wedged into the academy. The ripple effects, it is argued, will be wonderful.

That is utterly wrong.

Reverse discrimination is no less loathsome because it is defended by the state's unconstitutional paternalism. Quotas of seats in institutions of higher education are not remedies for decades of political -- that is, legislative -- betrayal. For the millions of students injured by this betrayal -- white, black Asian and Hispanic -- college is too late.

Kirk O. Kolbo, arguing before the court last week against the Michigan preferences, put his finger squarely on the point when he was asked if the state should be concerned by too few minorities in higher education.

"It certainly would justify perhaps broad social and political concerns."

Yes.

There are political and social choices to be made -- a preference for reformation of the educational system with school choice. And a preference for the job-producing, wealth-accumulating virtues of the free market.

People can find their way.

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