Illustration courtesy of Katherine Chui
Recently, there has been a lawsuit against Harvard for the discrimination of Asians in the college admissions process. The rationale behind this is that colleges want a diverse student body, and seeing how Asians statistically get the best grades according to The Nation’s Report Card as they have had the highest GPAs for 20 years consistently, they would have to discriminate to some extent. However, this thinking is a stereotype and a fallacy. How would you feel if you were at a disadvantage simply because of an aspect of your life that you could not control? However, this is stoppable. The college admission system needs to be racially blind.
According to The Nation’s Report Card, GPAs have been growing for the past 20 years in all groups. If this continues at a steady rate, there is a high possibility that they could intersect. So how would it be fair for a student to not be accepted into a school in favor of a less capable student because of their race?
Something else to consider is ethnicity, which is not always crystal clear. According to the Pew Survey in 2015, approximately seven percent of the population of America at the time was biracial. Additionally, instinctive racial profiling frequently leads to incorrect assumptions. I have been asked if I was Italian, Peruvian, and even Jamaican, but none of those are correct. We need to look past external appearances, as ethnicity is something much deeper. Besides, let us get rid of all these biases.
If we claim that we are going to not be superficially judgemental, we must additionally avoid racial biases. It is naive to claim that racial bias is our only bias because one judgement leads to another.
In an ideal world where no racism existed, racial blindness would be effective. Unfortunately, this is not the world we live in. Laws and rules have been established so that universities can allow people who would otherwise be racially excluded to have the same opportunities as others. However, this system can sometimes be exploited, such as the recent Harvard scandal.
We cannot place people into categories, judge them superficially, or discriminate against them in the admissions system. While theoretically you may have given up diversity, that type of thinking is a fallacy. The only circles that should be filled in on standardized tests are the ones determining if x equals 23 or not.