Right, but with some qualifications ...
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in response to reader comment: The big effect would be to increase asian american enrollments in Universities
Submitted by Carl Bankston (United States), Nov 17, 2012 16:57
Lyle is correct that Asian American enrollment in the top institutions will increase in the absence of affirmative action policies and that such policies may therefore be reasonably seen as discriminating against Asians. However, it is somewhat misleading to take Berkeley and Caltech as illustrations because California has such a large Asian population. Also, while the effect of affirmative action may be similar to Jewish quotas, I don't think that anti-Asian prejudice motivates the present-day discrimination in the way that anti-semitism motivated discrimination against Jews. Instead, the anti-Asian effect is an odd consequence of rewarding individuals who belong to groups with low rates of achievement (for whatever reason), thereby penalizing individuals who belong to groups with high rates of achievement.
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