A New York Times article of June 25, 2018 by Wesley Yang titled, “Harvard is Wrong That Asians Have Terrible Personalities” discusses how some Asian-Americans are suing Harvard University for discrimination in admissions processes.
Statistics in the article in question claim an Asian-American male with a 25% probability of admission into Harvard University would have a
32% probability of admission if White
77% probability of admission if Hispanic
95% probability of admission if Black.
Let us peruse these numbers for a moment. If we rank populations in America by extent to which they are educationally disadvantaged, from least to most disadvantaged, the ranking (this is fact; readers can verify for themselves) is:
If there were discrimination in Harvard University’s student admissions process, the statistics would read;
32% if black
77% if Hispanic
95% if White
The same article goes on to state that factoring in of Harvard University’s well elucidated alumni factor into admission decisions implies an admission probability of 26% for Asian-Americans, as opposed to a realized admissions rate of 19 percent, resulting in a 7% probability differential.
Now, remember that the same article claims an Asian-American male with a 25% probability of admission would have a 32% probability of admission if White, implying again a 7% spread in probability of admission.
The reasonable non-discrimination rationale for the recurring 7% spread: Whites from disadvantaged backgrounds.
We find then that a perusal of statistics presented in very same article eats at merits of the accusation, provides evidence of an admissions process rooted in interest in beneficial diversity, and recognition of systemic differences in access to high quality educational resources within American society.
Lawsuits, which implicitly claim that one of the most important purposes of education — lifting people out of the cadre of the disadvantaged to cadre of the advantaged — is source of discrimination bites at finger of beneficial diversity, diversity rules from which itself accrues benefits.
If Asian-Americans involved in the lawsuit understand importance of beneficial diversity in admissions processes, they would retract the lawsuit. Rectraction becomes more imperative when it is recognized that other than Whites, Asian-Americans are the most educationally advantaged sub-population within the United States of America. This is fact. When the second most advantaged sub-population cries ‘discrimination’, and stated discrimination primarily favors educationally disadvantaged persons from other racial groups, they more likely than not misconstrue interest in beneficial diversity for discrimination.