Affirmative Action For Immigrants?

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.