In his latest column, Brandeis celebrity Jordan Rothman has this to say:
I absolutely despise affirmative action and any programs in admission that give preference to people of racial minority backgrounds. First of all, why should people be judged better for the color of their skin? Like Martin Luther King jr., I belive that the content of one’s character should be the sole determinant of one’s success in life. However these, yes, racist officials seem to give preference for the arbitrary characteristic of race.
I respect Jordan, especially his uncanny ability to juggle so many activities (such as writing a column for the Hoot!) but in this case I think he’s viewing the situation in a narrow manner. We live in a society with a white-male power structure. Look at the composition in Congress, CEO’s in business, people in positions of power, etc. Colleges recognize this. Thus, Universities like Brandeis take in people who are disadvaned by the dominant rich-white-male power structure, such as minorities and the poor, and give them the extra tools they need to compete in a hostile environment.
The outside world is full of unfair competition. Racism and misogyny are alive and well. Brandeis wants to give some people a leg up so they can be better prepared for that unequal “real world” and I’m fine with that.