Color and Money: How Rich White Kids Are Winning the War over College Affirmative Action

Color and Money: How Rich White Kids Are Winning the War over College Affirmative Action

by Peter G. Schmidt
     
 

ISBN-10: 1403976015

ISBN-13: 2901403976016

Pub. Date: 08/07/2007

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

What is the real story behind the fight over affirmative action in college admissions? Veteran journalist Peter Schmidt reveals truths that will outrage readers and forever transform the debate.

His book exposes the hidden agendas of all sides, revealing how:

* The conservative opposition to affirmative action preaches equality in college

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Overview

What is the real story behind the fight over affirmative action in college admissions? Veteran journalist Peter Schmidt reveals truths that will outrage readers and forever transform the debate.

His book exposes the hidden agendas of all sides, revealing how:

* The conservative opposition to affirmative action preaches equality in college admissions, yet guts programs that help poor kids get in the running.

* The higher education establishment feeds lies to the federal courts and the public about the benefits of affirmative action, and attempts to squelch any talk about how selective colleges’ favoritism toward the privileged undermines professed commitments to diversity.

* Affirmative action has evolved from a means of bringing about social justice into a tool colleges cynically use to sell themselves and attract corporate support.

* Lower and middle class students of all races are being lost in the affirmative action struggle.

The underlying premise is that affirmative action is a band aid used to hide a very deep wound that neither side of the debate has much interest in treating any time soon. The real winners in the war over college affirmative action are rich white kids, whose spot on the inside track is secure no matter which side comes out on top. The real losers are African- American, Hispanic, and Asian-American kids, who continue to have the deck stacked against them, and those worthy white kids who lack cash and connections and find their futures sacrificed by colleges for “diversity” and the almighty dollar.

 

Unafraid to shine a harsh light on schools such as Harvard, theUniversity of Michigan, Princeton, and the University of California, this is a startling and brave book that will inspire a national dialogue on class, race, and education.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901403976016
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
08/07/2007
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
272

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction: A Celebration of the Few     1
Skimming the Top: How Money Rises Above Merit     13
Crossing Eight Mile: How the Rich Deny Education to the Poor     39
Putting Out Fires: The Origins of College Affirmative Action     65
The Golden Pipeline: Profiting from Preferences     87
Collegiate Divisions: The Volatile Mix on Campuses     97
Assault from the Right: Affirmative Action Under Attack     111
By Any Means Necessary: Black Voices Fight to Be Heard     131
Breaching Walls: The Uprising of the Excluded     141
The Diversity Dodge: Fuzzy Research to the Rescue     161
Supreme Reckoning: The Changing Legal Landscape     173
The Worried White House: Bush Faces an American Dilemma     181
Voices from on High: The Establishment Speaks     193
Affirmative Action Affirmed: The Supreme Court Grants a Reprieve     203
The Struggle Continues: Democracy Rears Its Head     211
Epilogue     223
Notes     227
Index     253

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