Merit, race can conflict

 

The June 25 editorial, Victory for diversity, concludes that, “administrators have an obligation to study each application closely to minimize the potential for unfairness in the race to win a seat at the best public universities.” Eliminate the words “potential for” and I would agree.

Clearly, consideration of race is inherently unfair to applicants of races other than the ones being sought for the collective good of diversity. Consideration of race does not enter into the “ideal of merit” for admission. A student body based on individual merit and one that reflects the community may well be in conflict.

If the academic side of university life must bear the burden of dealing with this conflict, why not all other areas? No one questions whether a debate team or a sports team must be reflective of the community. This says something of administrators’ values.

John Goehl, Biscayne Park

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