Futility of “Colorblindness”: Edward Blum Uses Legal Complaint to Express Personal Pique, Appeal College Admissions Decision; Affected Student Can Simply Apply for Transfer to University

Edward Blum, an apologist for “colorblindness”, supported the filing of two lawsuits, essentially arguing that the White plaintiff was discriminated for his race because the student did not get into a desired university–the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-Chapel Hill). However, rather than filing a 65-page complaint, Students for a Fair Admissions, Inc. v. University of North Carolina, the student (who was admitted to another university) could simply apply for a transfer to UNC-Chapel Hill. Crucially, the legal complaint ignores this option.

As I have argued in this blog, “colorblindness” considers all humans to be equal, but the term ignores that social power is concentrated solely within the White race in the United States of America. No proponent of “colorblindness” dares to admit the thrust of Justice John Marshall Harlan’s argument in Plessy v. Ferguson, 163 U.S. 537 (1896), affirming White superiority and control, or to cite the population numbers (by race) in the U.S. Census. As a result, colorblindness apologists, the Blum-sponsored “colorblindness” argument as well as many similar apologists-have stunning insensitivity for the Black people of the United States who bear the tremendous burden of suffering from the injustice of their “colorblind” “ideas” and have little to no social power to stop the wrongful and abusive actions of the social majority.

United States (population: 308,745,538) (2010 Census)

Race Percentage of population Number
White 72.4% 223,553,265
Black 12.6 38,929,319
Native American 0.7 540,013
Asian 4.8 14,674,252

North Carolina (population: 9,535,483) (2010 Census)

Race Percentage of population Number
White 68.5% 6,528,950
Black 21.5 2,048,628
Native American 1.3 122,110
Asian 2.2 208,962

In addition, as I read through the Blum-sponsored complaint, I stopped on table b in paragraph 55. The data are presented in alphabetical order. But, the data should be presented in order of significance. When the data is sorted from largest number of admissions to the lower number of admissions, Whites are shown to have received 61% (3616) of the 5899 seats, and Asians received 17% (1018) of those seats. These two groups account for 78% of the admitted persons. In comparison, Blacks received 10% (618) of those seats. The lack of clarity in presenting the facts makes me doubt the credibility of the entire complaint.

Table B, as presented in the legal complaint–

Table B
Average GPA and SAT for All Admitted Students (2012)
Admitted GPA SAT
American Indian or Alaska Native 103 4.38 1300
African American 618 4.32 1229
Asian/Asian American 1018 4.63 1431
Hispanic 415 4.51 1319
Pacific Islander 6 4.51 1393
White 3616 4.56 1360
Not Reporting 123 4.46 1344

Table B, adjusted by blog author, in order of significance, by admission number and race–

Average GPA and SAT for All Admitted Students (2012) (in order of admitted persons)
Admitted Percentage of admitted persons GPA SAT
White 3616 61% 4.56 1360
Asian/Asian American 1018 17% 4.63 1431
African American 618 10% 4.32 1229
Hispanic 415 7% 4.51 1319
Not Reporting 123 2% 4.46 1344
American Indian or Alaska Native 103 2% 4.38 1300
Pacific Islander 6 1.75% 4.51 1393
Total 5899

The reader will note that the average GPA and average SAT score is lower for Whites than for Asians, but Whites still received 61% of the admissions.

The complaint, therefore, is one of personal pique that the applicant did not gain admission to a first-choice school.

However, the student, a college student elsewhere, is not locked out from UNC-Chapel Hill, a large state university. The student can apply for admission as a transfer student. The transfer program at UNC-Chapel Hill appears to be extensive. The student should use this option before a lawsuit, as the student could well achieve admission by doing so.

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