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

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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 ...

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

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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, the University 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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“Books on the highly-charged issue of affirmative action are usually one-sided and inflammatory. Peter Schmidt’s Color and Money is a wonderful exception. It provides an honest and fair examination that is also passionate and illuminating. Schmidt carefully weighs the arguments for and against affirmative action and then lays bare higher education’s naughty secret—that for all its self-congratulatory embrace of diversity, poor and working-class students of all colors remain largely shut out.” —Richard D. Kahlenberg, Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation, and author of The Remedy: Class, Race, and Affirmative Action

“For those concerned about why the march toward social justice in America has faltered badly for nearly forty years now at the hands of the nation's entrenched political and economic systems, Peter Schmidt's Color and Money is a highly instructive—and greatly disturbing—guidepost.” —Richard Kluger, author of Simple Justice: The History of Brown v. Board of Education and Black America's Struggle for Equality

Peter Schmidt's Color and Money does just what its subtitle says: It describes "how rich white kids are winning the war over college affirmative action." It offers refreshing honesty, a disregard for political correctness, and the effective writing of an experienced and skilled reporter.—Gary M. Lavergne, Director of Admissions Research and Policy analysis at the University of Texas at Austin.

“Fair, balanced and judicious.” —Martin Morse Wooster, The Washington Times

“Drawing upon his extensive experiences as a journalist and editor for The Chronicle of Higher Education, Schmidt is an indispensable guide through the political jargon, statistical obfuscation and specious argumentation employed by both sides of the debate, not to mention the many camps that fall somewhere uncomfortably between.” —Zach Weir, The Charleston Post and Courier

“Forget about religion, politics, sex, even race. The issue Americans are least likely to be able to discuss honestly is class. Color and Money is a forthright examination of the inequalities we must start talking about if we are ever going to achieve a semblance of equality. Anyone interested in the inequities of the selective college admissions process will find Color and Money clear-eyed, hard-hitting, enlightening, and informative.” —Rachel Toor, author of Admissions Confidential: An Insider’s Account of the Elite College Selection Process

“Written with a passion for the issues, Peter Schmidt offers a compelling and thoughtful summary of the history of government policy, court decisions, and the politics regarding affirmative action. This book is a must read for anyone concerned about access to higher education—especially the nation's elite universities—as well as those concerned about questions of social policy and justice.” —Terry MacTaggart, Former Chancellor, University of Maine System

“An excellent primer on a perennial campus hot topic.”—Tim Fernholz, Campus Progress

Kirkus Reviews
A blunt book about inequality in admissions at elite colleges. After four decades of affirmative action and much official rhetoric about making higher education available to all qualified students, the nation's most selective colleges and universities remain "bastions of privilege," writes Schmidt, deputy editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education. Each year, tens of thousands of excellent applicants are turned down by Yale, Harvard and other top schools to make way for the wealthy and well connected. As a result, a rich kid has about 25 times as much chance as a poor one of enrolling at one of 160 selective colleges. All of this, the author contends, contradicts the 2003 Supreme Court decision upholding affirmative action at the University of Michigan, which said colleges must be "visibly open to talented and qualified individuals of every race and ethnicity." Much of Schmidt's book recounts the history of college admissions from the 1900s, when virtually any graduate of feeder boarding schools could enter Harvard and Yale. While societal changes such as standardized tests, the G.I. Bill, 1960s social unrest and affirmative action transformed higher education and weakened the hold of the wealthy, working class and poor students are still underrepresented at top schools. The author draws on studies and his own reporting to show how affirmative action has played out in recent years. Economic class continues to shape children's fates, he argues; poor kids grow up in segregated neighborhoods with inadequate schools, while wealthy whites enjoy outstanding schooling, special preparation for standardized tests and preferential college admission. All the while, colleges try to project a diverseimage. They also capitalize on society's diversity-consciousness by joining with corporations (in return for major financial support) to recruit minority students in package deals under which the students then go to work for the same companies upon graduation. Offers a solid overview and a forceful reminder that money still trumps merit on the most prestigious campuses. Agent: Sara Crowe/Harvey Klinger Inc.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403976017
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/7/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.19 (w) x 9.74 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

PETER SCHMIDT is a Senior Writer at The Chronicle of Higher Education, where he covers affirmative action, state and federal higher-education policy, education research, and historically black colleges and universities. He previously covered school desegregation, urban education, and immigrant education for Education Week, and he has written for the Associated Press, the Detroit Free Press, the Weekly Standard, and Teacher Magazine. His work has won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Education Writers Association, the Virginia Press Association, and the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. His coverage of affirmative action won a special citation for beat reporting from the Education Writers Association in 2006.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

• Skimming the Top: How Money Rises Above Merit * Crossing Eight Mile: How the Rich Deny Education to the Poor

• Putting Out Fires: The Origins of College Affirmative Action

• The Golden Pipeline: Profiting from Preferences * Collegiate Division: The Volatile Mix on Campuses

• Assault from the Right: Affirmative Action Under Attack * By Any Means Necessary: Black Voices Fight to Be Heard

• Breaching the Walls: The Uprising of the Excluded * The Diversity Dodge: Fuzzy Research to the Rescue * Supreme Reckoning: The Changing Legal Landscape

• The Worried White House: Bush Faces an American Dilemma

• Voices From On High: The Establishment Speaks

• Affirmative Action Affirmed: The Supreme Court Grants a Reprieve

• The Struggle Continues: Democracy Rears Its Head

• Epilogue

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