Debating the Merits of Affirmative Action – Jan 2004

I recently completed a piece of writing for a forthcoming book on the University of Notre Dame’s African American graduates. I can’t wait to share that with you shortly! As I was looking through college memories, I came across this old letter to the editor. It was written in response to another undergraduate student’s piece on affirmative action. This article is my first piece of public writing, published in the Observer, Notre Dame’s student newspaper, and as such, I consider it the preface to this blog. Enjoy!

After reading Greg Parnell’s Jan. 26 column, I was disturbed by the images it portrays of African-Americans. Parnell’s myopic view of the race issue in America is as ignorant as it is wrong. Yes, there are minorities enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities with lower scores than their white counterparts. But there are also whites enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities with lower scores than their minority counterparts. Why did you not also single them out? What about alumni, athletes, females and Catholics? Please believe that MIT-caliber students have been denied admission to this university, to admit Joe Quarterback and Sam Legacy. I do not see you protesting their presence. Then why protest mine?

To read this rest…click here. (You may have to scroll to the second response to see mine).

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