Reaffirming affirmative action | The Princetonian


Last spring, affirmative action came under scrutiny at Princeton. The University is involved in a lawsuit over the release of admissions practices, and my fellow columnist Hayley Siegel argued that “Princeton engages in discriminatory admissions policies under the pretext of ‘affirmative action’ despite having lost sight of the goals that the concept was originally intended to promote.” Siegel cites the University’s ostensible Asian quota and lack of focus on socioeconomic inequality as indicators of a failure of affirmative action policy.

This debate has been stoked by the Trump administration. The administration is also now pursuing a lawsuit against schools on the basis that they unfairly discriminate against Asian-Americans (and of course, white Americans). Consequently, this issue has been thrust into the national spotlight, as…



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