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41. actually, Martin Luther King supported affirmative action
Mon May 18, 2015, 01:35 AM
May 2015

From Why We Can't Wait (1964):

Among the many vital jobs to be done, the nation must not only radically readjust its attitude toward the Negro in the compelling present, but must incorporate in its planning some compensatory consideration for the handicaps he had inherited from the past. It is impossible to create a formula for the future which does not take into account that our society has been doing something special against the Negro for hundreds of years. How then can he be absorbed into the mainstream of American life if we do not do something special for him now, in order to balance the equation and equip him to compete on a just and equal basis?

Whenever the issue of compensatory or preferential treatment for the Negro is raised, some of our friends recoil in horror. The Negro should be granted equality, they agree; but he should ask nothing more. On the surface, this appears reasonable, but it is not realistic. For it is obvious that if a man is entered at the starting line in a race three hundred years after another man, the first would have to perform some impossible feat in order to catch up with his fellow runner.

From Where Do We Go From Here? (1967):

The white liberal must affirm that absolute justice for the Negro simply means, in the Aristotelian sense, that the Negro must have "his due." There is nothing abstract about this. It is as concrete as having a good job, a good education, a decent house and a share of power. It is, however, important to understanding that giving a man his due may often involve giving him special treatment. I am aware of the fact that this has been a troublesome concept for many liberals, since it conflicts with their traditional ideal of equal opportunity and equal treatment of people according to their individual merits. But this is a day which demands new thinking and the re-evaluation of old concepts. A society that has done something special against the Negro for hundreds of years must now do something special for him, in order to equip him to compete on a just and equal basis.
I'm a little conflicted about this Ms. Yertle May 2015 #1
It's a balancing act madville May 2015 #2
They don't have to, they could just admit the most able students. N.T. Donald Ian Rankin May 2015 #8
They think that is achieved by a formula of test scores and GPA. Most universities don't. pnwmom May 2015 #14
Why do they have to do that? Snow Leopard May 2015 #10
It needs to be a cross-section of the population. madville May 2015 #13
Oh please! There's always Yale rusty fender May 2015 #3
And Princeton, Stanford, Cal, Columbia.... nt hifiguy May 2015 #12
On a more serious note... rusty fender May 2015 #4
Without some diversity standards what would happen FLPanhandle May 2015 #5
Plus factor in that tests like the SAT madville May 2015 #15
Maybe it's time they review the criteria they're using if it's giving them such lopsided results? Chathamization May 2015 #6
Flip it around 1939 May 2015 #7
DU would be outraged and politicians would be queueing up to denounce the college. Nye Bevan May 2015 #21
wouldn't the right approach be to not ask gender/race/sexual orientation etc. on applications? DeadEyeDyck May 2015 #9
but but... GummyBearz May 2015 #11
can't we have an argument without wings? DeadEyeDyck May 2015 #31
Are you speaking for MLK? gollygee May 2015 #38
I am a black man that does not want to be judged by colour of my skin. DeadEyeDyck May 2015 #42
actually, Martin Luther King supported affirmative action JustinL May 2015 #41
Harvard has to deal with paid agents gaming their admissions system, too daredtowork May 2015 #16
Finally LittleBlue May 2015 #17
I guess they want the same numbers they have at UCLA and UC Berkeley mnhtnbb May 2015 #18
Ban discrimination by race and also ban legacy preferences. Nye Bevan May 2015 #19
So what happens when colleges are full of Asians and Whites only? FLPanhandle May 2015 #20
I don't know what the answer is but the article suggests DemocratSinceBirth May 2015 #22
No it doesn't FLPanhandle May 2015 #24
From the Original Poster's article: DemocratSinceBirth May 2015 #25
Yes, but when you account for that percentage also applying at other schools too FLPanhandle May 2015 #27
That's kind of an offensive post. Nye Bevan May 2015 #23
Not meant to be offensive FLPanhandle May 2015 #29
Or maybe no federal money going to schools with selective admissions. That'd take care of Chathamization May 2015 #30
Scores and Grades are not the only basis on judging who is a worthy student alphafemale May 2015 #26
I know you didn't mean it but DemocratSinceBirth May 2015 #32
Never feign interest in higher math. alphafemale May 2015 #37
So asians lack life and flair, plus they are boring at parties AngryAmish May 2015 #34
No. You're saying that. alphafemale May 2015 #36
I don't think race-based preferences become either more or less legal/moral because they harm Romulox May 2015 #28
This is a really difficult subject... DemocratSinceBirth May 2015 #33
First, the idea Harvard limits their undergrads to such a low number reeks AngryAmish May 2015 #35
We are debating this because serious efforts to provide equal educational Vattel May 2015 #39
Just another example of how humans can't have everything The2ndWheel May 2015 #40
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