Michael Wang became a poster child for protesting affirmative action. Now he says he never meant for it to be abolished

May 31, 2023 View Original Article
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61% : Unknowingly, Wang helped set in motion the latest movement to end affirmative action on college campuses.
60% :Even after more than five decades of affirmative action in college admissions, dramatic inequities by race in college enrollment and degree attainment persist.
59% : That leadership has got to be diverse," Warikoo said during a recent panel discussion on affirmative action.
58% : In an interview for a documentary film produced by WCNY and Retro Report, in partnership with The Hechinger Report, Wang said, "I think affirmative action is still very necessary in helping minorities who actually need it."
58% : And if the court upholds affirmative action, he expects to hear, "There was nothing wrong with this to begin with.
56% : And although he became a poster child for opposition to affirmative action, Wang's concern was always more nuanced.
54% : Colleges began enacting affirmative action policies in the 1960s and 1970s, aiming to add racial and gender diversity to college campuses, and opponents began challenging them shortly thereafter.
51% : He's concluded, he said, that "affirmative action is a Band-Aid to the cancer of systemic racism."
51% : With the potential end of race-conscious admissions looming, Wang isn't sure if a world without affirmative action is better or worse than the world we live in now.
50% : "Maybe there is a problem with implementation, that doesn't mean we toss affirmative action out the door.
49% : Since then, there have been several high-profile lawsuits that have modified the Supreme Court's position on affirmative action in limited ways.
44% : He believes colleges have unfairly used affirmative action to hold Asian Americans to higher standards than other applicants, and that policies that help some historically marginalized students but disadvantage others aren't fair.
39% : Proponents of affirmative action say that ending the practice will hurt historically underrepresented people in higher education and will reinforce inequities that left these communities underrepresented in the first place.
39% : "You can't preference someone into a class without preferencing someone out," said Gail L. Heriot, a law professor at the University of San Diego and a member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights, who opposes affirmative action policies.
37% : What will happen if affirmative action is banned?
36% : Natasha Warikoo, a sociology professor at Tufts University in Massachusetts who has written several books on race in college admissions, said that lessons can be learned from the eight states that have banned affirmative action.
35% :"Affirmative action might get completely tossed and I don't fully agree with that," Wang said in the documentary.

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