How Much Diversity Is Enough?

Does a White Mother on Welfare Count?

Having been researching affirmative action for years, I came across this epiphany of diversity turned upside down:

In 1996, the University of Washington Law School in Seattle—in a report to the Association of American Law Schools—admitted it had denied admission to a white welfare mother with otherwise acceptable credentials because she was not someone who would contribute "significantly" to the diversity of the class since she was not "a member of a racial or ethnic group subject to discrimination."

Harvard Law School admitted her because of the diversity she added to all those classmates who didn't know any welfare mothers.

Next week: Who decides what color you are?

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