This speaks volumes about the direction our nation needs to go on special consideration for minorities in college admissions.
A Supreme Court decision on whether universities can use race as an admissions factor is expected by June, however the court of public opinion has already weighed in on the matter – and Americans of all stripes stand largely against affirmative action, according to a variety of recent polls.
In those surveys, at least half if not more of those polled voiced opposition to race-based preferences.
Take a Rasmussen national telephone survey, which found only 24 percent of likely voters were in favor of using race as a factor in college admissions, while 55 percent stood opposed, and the rest were undecided. That survey was conducted 11 months ago.
More recently, a survey released in October found that 57 percent of Americans ages 18 to 25 – so-called young millennials – are opposed to racial preferences in college admissions or hiring decisions. In other words, nearly six out of every 10 opposed the practice.
As a high school teacher, it isn't hard for me to figure out where these young people are coming from. I can hear it from them in my mind -- "You have grown up in the same neighborhood as me, gone to the same schools as me, taken the same classes as me, and gotten the same diploma as me. Why does the color of your skin get you special consideration, and isn't that every bit as racist as if mine got me special consideration?"
We have raised and educated a generation that rejects racial bias and embraces the teachings of Dr. King about judging others based on the content of their character rather than the color of their skin. This outcome should therefore not be surprising.