Closing the "Tricking Affirmative Action" GQ

Closed thread here.

I didn’t get the sense this was an actual attempt to assume the identity of a Latino – more of a general question about how college admissions officers verify that the race/ethnic origin claimed by applicants is correct.

In Showboat, the Edna Ferber musical, the married couple Julie and Steve are accused of miscegenation; Steve is white and Julie a white-passing mulatto. As the sheriff boards the boat to arrest them, Steve pricks Julie’s finger with a pin and sucks some of her blood; he then can truthfully tell the sheriff that there’s no crime here, since he, too, “…has Negro blood in him.”

The question of what makes a person a particular race or ethnic group for purposes of college admissions is a valid one, especially in light of the Supreme Court’s revisiting Bakke this term, the administration’s have-my-cake-and-eat-it-too amicus brief on the issue, and the fact that admissions policies around the country may well be in for some changes as a result.

If the original queston was flawed, perhaps I could post this in GQ in an effort to reach the factual answer to the question: what, if any, effort is made to verify a college applicant’s race/ethnis group claims, and how is it accomplished?

  • Rick


It appears that the linked thread was closed as a duplicate, and its twin is alive and well.

I’ll just take my dunce cap and go sit over here, ok?

Sorry. Please disregard. And if someone could close THIS thread, I promise not to post and ask why. :slight_smile:

  • Rick

It was closed because it was a duplicate; there’s an identical thread in ongoing discussion in GQ currently.

:smack: I swear that wasn’t there when I started typing.

That’s two people who must wear the stupid helmet
for the day (See That 70s Show for an explaination of said Stupid helmet)

Lord knows there were many a day I sat there wearing it.