Affirmative Action For Immigrants?

Andrew Sullivan —  Sep 2 2011 @ 9:22am

by Zoë Pollock

Cord Jefferson wonders why black immigrants comprise 41 percent of all black students at Ivy League schools, even though they make up less than 1 percent of America's total population. He calls it the Ivy League’s dirty little secret: 

While America’s most elite colleges do in fact make it a point to promote ethnic diversity on their campuses, a lot of them do so by admitting hugely disproportionate numbers of wealthy immigrants and their children rather than black students with deep roots—and troubled histories—in the United States. … While affirmative action started as a system to right the wrongs of slavery and institutional anti-black racism, helping wealthy immigrants who weren’t here for those struggles doesn’t serve any of the program's original intentions.