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  • Writer's pictureKayla Grant

Don't blame it on Affirmative Action when you're not good enough!

The recent college admissions scandal has proven that affirmative action programs are not the reason that white students are being cheated out of being admitted into the top schools in the country.

Minority students are constantly being criticized for using the opportunity granted to them through affirmative action programs to secure a spot in the top colleges across the country. For years, white students claimed that the consideration of race during the admissions process has put them at a disadvantage.

In the 2015 Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin court case, the petitioner, Abigail Fisher, filed a suit against the university because she believed that the university’s consideration of race put her and other white students at a disadvantage. She claimed that the consideration of race was in violation of the university’s Equal Protection Clause.

In the 2003, Grutter v. Bollinger court case, the petitioner, Barbara Grutter, filled a suit against the University of Michigan Law School because she believed that she was discriminated against on the basis of race. Grutter alleged that she was rejected because the law school used race as a important factor, which gives minorities a better chance at admissions into the school.

Minorities are constantly being blamed for being the reason that white people are not being accepted into the top schools of their choice; however, the recent college admission scandal has revealed that that is not the case.

The biggest college admissions scandal ever prosecuted in the United States involved wealthy white families paying between $15, 000 and $75, 000 to William Rick Singer, the CEO of a college admissions prep company called The Key, to get their child into various different schools. Fifty people were involved in this college admission scam, including actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman who are among the parents facing federal charges.

In addition to the parents faced with federal charges, nine coaches at elite schools, two SAT/ACT administrators, an exam proctor, and a college administrator are being charged.

Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to ensure their daughters were recruits to the University of Southern California crew team, despite their daughters not competing in crew. Huffman and her husband, William H. Macy, paid $15,000 to get one of their daughters unlimited time for her SAT test. Singer, the orchestrator of this college admissions scam, disguised the payments as charitable donations to the Key Worldwide Foundation.

This college admissions scandal has revealed that it is not what you know, but how much money you are willing to pay. Less qualified white students are being placed into the top schools because their parents are wealthy. These students are stealing the spots that could have been awarded to more qualified students.

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