Monday, December 15, 2003

Rights & Reason: Sabotaging Affirmative Action

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education is up-in-arms because colleges are discouraging "affirmative action bake sales"—conservative-staged events where cookies are sold at different prices to customers depending on their race. It was a cute trick the first time it was tried, but the fact that they're still being staged tells me college conservatives aren't the most original thinkers. And while FIRE does nice work on free speech issues, I'd take them more seriously if they didn't defend anti-individual-rights militants like John Banzhaf.

An idea that's worth exploring, however, is the campaign started by a group called NoRace.org. Their objective is to encourage "civil disobedience" against affirmative action:
NoRace.org is an organized protest of affirmative action. More specifically, we're protesting college entrance racism by organizing people who wish to mark their race incorrectly on college admission applications. If enough people do it, then schools' racial statistics become unreliable. Colleges and Universities will be placed in the position of trying to turn away people when they show up for classes because of the color of their skin. And, once we get a sizeable number of people who have signed up, we'll post the number of people from each school who have signed the petition, effectively informing entrance administrators that their system sucks. All this will expose racial preferences for what they really are: racism.
I don't know if this will work, but it's definitely worth a try.

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