Elie Mystal Makes Anti-Affirmative Action Arguments Crumble

eliemystal_136Elie Mystal has some harsh logical things to say to those who wring their hands over Affirmative Action. Read the full article and the comments over at TrueSlant:

Most people can wrap their minds around the first concept. Trust me, I’d rather have had a family that was allowed to own property, vote in elections, build wealth, not get lynched, and rise or fall on their merits for the past four centuries than whatever piddling, token opportunity somebody thinks they are giving me thanks to affirmative action. There is nothing that can be done to “make up” for centuries of oppression, just like there is nothing that can make up for the systematic extermination of millions of Jews, the forced removal of Native Americans from their land, or the final season of Battlestar Galactica. All we can do is to move on and try to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past. Affirmative action doesn’t redress the wrongs of squat.

As for his spot at Harvard, here’s what he has to say:

There were three people from my high school that got into Harvard. One (white girl) had excellent grades and scores and was one of the best athletes in our school. Another (white guy) had excellent grades and scores and was an amazing pianist. I was the third one. I had excellent grades and scores and had the “I’m involved in 15 different clubs and organizations because I have no life,” douchebag resume. Did being black help my application?

I don’t know and I don’t particularly care. Because what I do know is that I didn’t “take” a spot that should have gone to a “more deserving white man.” Harvard, like most institutions, starts with a list of what it deems to be “qualified” candidates and then has to pare that list down. Anybody who has ever hired somebody for a job knows that you generally deal with a number of people that could complete the assigned task, from there you have to make a decision based on arbitrary factors and nonobjective criteria like “fit” or “feel.”


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