In his column at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Eugene Kane joins minority students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in their defense of affirmative action.
Protests were held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison this week after the release of a report from a conservative think tank that found "severe discrimination based on race and ethnicity in undergraduate and law school admissions" at the school. The protests were held in opposition to the report from the Center for Equal Opportunity, which used data from 2007 and 2008 to show the school gave African-Americans and Latinos preference over whites and Asians in admissions.
… One of my pet peeves is the fact many of the same folks who criticize affirmative action as unfair never mention the "legacy" policy used by many Ivy League schools to admit the children of prominent alumni even if these sons and daughters don't have top grades. I'm proud of the diversity of the students in Madison who turned out to protest the Center for Equal Opportunity report, which I see as the first shot fired in a coming war to ban affirmative action in newly red-state Wisconsin …
Read Eugene Kane's entire column at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.