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Effort to bust up affirmative action through lawsuit against Harvard fails - for now

The Harvard Crimson reports a federal judge in Boston has upheld Harvard's attempts to ensure diverse classes through "race-conscious admissions policies" are legal - and meet guidelines set down by the Supreme Court.

The group that claimed Harvard was discriminating against Asian-American applicants - and which dragged Boston Latin School into the affair - said it would appeal.

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I hope they win on appeal.

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I seem to recall that you are one of these NO IT INNINT types when it comes to pretty blatant human rights violations.

I guess that's why you aren't a judge.

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What does that mean and what human rights violations are you talking about?
Saying an Asian kid cant attend a school because he or she is Asian is pure discrimination.

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Harvard didnt say that

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They say it's for other reasons but the end result is Asian kids get passed over because they are Asian. Affirmative action is discriminatory regardless of good intentions.

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no proof of that statement

and they didn’t either, according to
the judge

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Saying an Asian kid cant attend a school because he or she is Asian is pure discrimination.

Asians make up a sizable percentage of Harvard's student body so that's obviously not true.

Harvard accepts 5% of the people who apply. That leaves 95% to claim they got unfairly rejected.

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Saying an Asian kid cant attend a school because he or she is Asian is pure discrimination.

Sir, this is an Arby’s.

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Maybe as taxpayers, we do have standing.

One principle of non-profit status is that you cannot provide someone with something of value for a contribution. However, as we all know, admission to Harvard is a virtual ticket to success.
As we also know, if you are connected, legacy, a big contributor etc., it GREATLY increases your odds of admission. How is it that Harvard gets to maintain its non-profit status. I have no problem with preferential admissions, but my tax dollars shouldn't be used to subsidize this effectively for-profit institution masquerading as something it is not.

Any legal eagles out there that can provide insight on getting their non-profit status revoked for providing contributors and others with something of (enormous!) value?

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Admission to Harvard is not a ticket to success; however, a degree from Harvard is. An acceptance letter is essentially worthless, and even if you get preferential admission, you still pay tuition for the education part of college.

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Neither of these statements are even remotely correct.

One principle of non-profit status is that you cannot provide someone with something of value for a contribution. However, as we all know, admission to Harvard is a virtual ticket to success.

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we are not saying - hey here's a donation of $100 and you get a t-shirt or a meal in return (and you are supposed to reduce your contribution by the value of the T-shirt or meal). Likewise, you shouldn't be able to say - hey Harvard - here's a million dollars - and it would be nice if my kid got in when he applies in a couple of years (wink, wink). I could go on, but "normal" non-profits don't get to operate this way and in fact would lose their status if they did certain "favors" for large donors.

as for ticket to success - sure, you can screw it up, but if you get out of Harvard - you have a massive leg up on a lot of other people. Recent study of the world's ultra high net worth (more than $30 million in assets) showed that the highest number - by a factor of over 2-1 to the next highest school which may have been Stanford - graduated from Harvard. Granted - this could/should probably be applied to a number of other schools.

Separate study showed that like 43% of white students at Harvard got in due to legacy, parental donations or parental connections and that without those advantages, 75% would not have gotten into Harvard (if you accept the research - have at it).

Again - I have no problem with them doing this. But this should not be a tax exempt organization.

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Sorry, I know a passle of Harvard grads who are successful, but they as successful as the other successful people in the room. So over it.

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Did Harvard take money from Jeffrey Epstein Magoo wonders and Magoo ponders. Magoo.

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Your shtick was never funny.

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Harvard has always been colorblind, they didn't even realize Elizabeth Warren was white, even listing her as "woman of color" at the law school for years. Harvard racist? As young Greta would say, (in snarky Swede accent) how dare you!

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Fish offers his mindless assessment by repeating right wing talking points.

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i really like how you mixed the 1000 year old liz warren thing with the less old but still well worn greta thing. truly novel!

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LOL I'm making the "how dare you" sound bite as my ring tone.

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I'm starting to pity you. You're the ugliest misanthrope I've ever had the misfortune to encounter. You hate everyone but cops, whom you suck up to, and wow that is ugly.

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