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Argument: Affirm action wrongly considers race over econ/edu factors

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Extended argument and supporting evidence

  • The white "coal miner's son" against the wealthy black child:
    • Christopher Edley, the White House assistant put in charge of President Clinton's review of affirmative action policy in 1994-95 - "Imagine a college admissions committee trying to decide between the white [son] of an Appalachian coal miner's family and the African American son of a successful Pittsburgh neurosurgeon. Why should the black applicant get preference over the white applicant?" - Christopher Edley, Jr., Not All Black and White: Affirmative Action and American Values (New York: Hill and Wang, 1996), 132ff. Edley's example involved a coal miner's daughter; I've change the daughter to a son for expository purposes.

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