This is exactly right: Colleges take into account as minor factors where a person is from, what religion they practice, what school they went to, legacy relationships with the school.<quoted text>
But not necessarily the applicant. So because some one's daddy did well at Yale, Yale should automatically accept the son?
And affirmative action is not an automatic admission of inferiority of the individual but an inequity in opportunities.
It's called "diversity," and that doesn't just mean race.
Yet the Tea Baggers - who when they're on script deny being racists - focus only on affirmative action when it's race based.
On the positive side, they haven't yet claimed that too many Asians are dominating institutions of higher learning and thus that white people should be given extra consideration in admissions. Yet....