22.10.09

THIS COULD BE FUN. Discriminations reports on a lawsuit with great potential to generalize.
Now, according to an article in the Chicago Tribune today (pointed to by Inside Higher Ed), a rejected applicant to the University of Illinois has filed what he and his lawyer hope will be a class action suit “on behalf of all ‘non-clout’ applicants who had been denied admission from 1999 to 2009. The suit seeks more than $5 million in damages.”
The potential generalization will keep the legal hair-splitters busy.
Because the University of Illinois also has affirmative action admissions, some “subpar” students were admitted because of their race or ethnicity, something that has somehow escaped the notice of the Chicago Tribune and all those legislators and others scandalized by this one rather narrow category of preferential treatment.
There is the little matter of the civil rights laws ...

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