Friday, December 08, 2006

The Detroit reservation 

Wayne State University's law school has passed a new admissions policy that takes explicit racial preferences out of the criteria. However, extra consideration is to be given to those who "experience discrimination or socioeconomic disadvantage." And as Anthony Dick notes, the conventional wisdom is that any minority group experiences systemic racism and prejudice. Ergo, the rule may change very little.

I noticed in the Chronicle article that they did put in a rule that said someone who lived on an Indian reservation would be given preference. An initial writing also had given weight to being a resident of Detroit, though in its final version the residency was given less weight.