Title of a story in the New York Times about applicants of Asian descent tailoring their application materials to maximize their chances for getting into an Ivy League school. Some Asian applicants check “prefer not to say” when the demographic questions such as the one on race pop up . Another hid her competitive chess success. Harvard doesn’t want winning chess-playing Asians on its campus. As one young women noted — it is tough to hide who are unless you change your last name.
It is hard to believe we now live in a country in which disclosing your race means that you stand less of a chance in getting into a top college. The best way to stop this problem of discriminating on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.
With the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision coming next year on Harvard’s negative scoring of Asian applicants, well, we may experience a halt to discriminating on the basis of race. We did fight a Civil War and the battles of the civil rights era to stop this. Apparently, it just changed the directions of the cannons. Still discriminating after all these years
Amy Qin, “Aiming for an Ivy and Trying to Seem Less Asian,” New York Times, December 3, 2022, p. A1.