Black People Are The Major Beneficiaries of Affirmative Action
While people of color, individually and as groups, have been helped by affirmative action programs in the subsequent years, data and studies suggest white women have benefited disproportionately. According to one study, in 1995, 6 million women, the majority of whom were white, had jobs they would not have otherwise held but for affirmative action.
As many as 15 percent of freshmen at America’s top schools are white students who failed to meet their university’s minimum standards for admission, according to Peter Schmidt, deputy editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education. These kids are “people with a long-standing relationships with the university,” or in other words, the children of faculty, wealthy alumni and politicians.
According to Schmidt, these unqualified but privileged kids are nearly twice as common on top campuses as Black and Latino students who had benefited from affirmative action.