A commenter, today, quoted a letter posted at VDARE.com. Let me reproduce it below:
An Angry Chicago Father Says America’s Top Universities Shut His Daughter Out Because She’s White; etc.
From: Philip Sanchez (e-mail him)
Spring is a time of passage for many high school seniors who will learn the admission decisions from America’s best universities.
But it can also be, as it was for my daughter, the worst time in an aspiring student’s life.
”Jane” attends one of Chicago’s best, most diverse and most academically-driven public high schools.
Over the past four years, Jane has worked hard to gain admission to one of the top schools.
She has a 3.94 cumulative GPA, a 32 score on the ACT, four years of Chinese language study, attended a Chinese university last summer at the U.S. State Department’s expense, and has achieved the highest scores on all five of her advanced placement tests.
Jane hopes to major in Foreign Affairs and continue her Chinese language education.
Despite her glowing resume, Jane received rejection letters from Yale and Stanford and was wait-listed at Georgetown's Walsh School for Foreign Service.
On the other hand, her minority fellow students were accepted into Ivy League schools even though they had significantly lower GPAs and test scores.
While those kids and their families celebrated, my hard-working daughter, overwhelmed with a sense of rejection and failure, cried her eyes out.
Simply stated, since Jane identified herself as Caucasian on her application, she was held to an entirely different standard than the minority students.
My daughter just learned that as a white person in America, the deck is stacked against her. The elite take any possible reason to choose minorities over whites.
The irony is that, even though we have a Hispanic surname because my stepfather adopted me when I was a small child, my daughter and I have always refused to put down anything other than Caucasian on questionnaires. Both of my biological parents are white.
But we know that, if she had applied as a Hispanic and with her grades and test scores, all the universities would have accepted her.
As long as the liberal elite use race to select who gets an opportunity and who doesn't, then racism will live on.
Neither my ancestors nor I had anything to do with slavery, Yet 150 years later, Jane based on her skin color paid for those transgressions from long ago.
America is headed in a direction that would make our ancestors spin in their graves. I am ashamed and completely sick to my stomach.
Peter Brimelow comments: I wrote this reader: “Please tell your daughter that the system is completely corrupt and will collapse before she reaches my (admittedly advanced) age.”
The publishing of this letter along with the one line comment at the end demonstrates why I never read VDARE except for Steve Sailer articles, because the rest of that website is generally not very interesting.
[According to a Yale Daily News article, Yale's class of 2010 is 81.6% white and Asian.] Thus, the daughter of the guy who wrote the letter was unable to successfully compete for admission against the whites and Asians who represent 81.6% of the Yale student body. While it’s true that that it’s a lot easier for a black or Hispanic, but especially for a black, to get admitted to Yale, this does not mean that Mr. Sanchez’s daughter would have gotten into Yale even if the admissions were colorblind.
Mr. Sanchez’s daughter had excellent grades in school, and a 32 on the ACT is equivalent to a 1420 on the SAT which is a pretty high score. [Explanation: that's 1420 on the old 1600 point scale after it was renormed in 1996, which is equivalent to 1370 before 1996. 32 is equivalent to 2160 on the new 2400 point scale.] But, as I’ve blogged about before, Yale has rejected applicants with perfect scores on their SAT. If you want to get into Yale as strictly an academic egghead, a 32 on the ACT just isn’t good enough.
Here is the most important secret about applying to elite colleges: they are looking for leadership. (Please click on the leadership link and read it if you haven’t read it before.)
Mr. Sanchez, obviously from a middle class and not an upper middle class background, naïvely assumed that because his daughter had really high grades, and because she used her summer to do extra studying at a Chinese University, this means she’d be a shoe-in for Yale.
If Mr. Sanchez’s daughter had attended a private school instead of a public school, the private school would have groomed her for Ivy League admissions by making sure that she participated in sports and leadership activities which look good on a college application. Elite colleges claim their admissions are “need-blind,” but they are very clearly not class-blind.
Mr. Sanchez is evidently pissed, and he has a right to be pissed because he thought that he was doing the right thing to ensure his daughter had a bright future ahead of her. But instead of being pissed at the fact that the admissions criteria favor upper-middle-class applicants with parents and private school college counselors who know how to game the system, he’s pissed about affirmative action.
I also think it’s rather stupid of him that he encouraged his daughter to check the white box when she has an Hispanic surname and a legitimate claim to an Hispanic cultural background via her grandfather. This demonstrates some sort of naïve middle class honor. The upper middle class will game the system any way possible in order to get their children into the best schools.