A new study from the Center for Equal Opportunity shows that the University of Wisconsin Law School systematically discriminates against white applicants. According to the Center, hundreds of applicants to Wisconsin’s law school were “rejected in favor of students with lower test scores and grades, and the reason is that they have the wrong skin color or their parents came from the wrong countries." (HT: WSJ law blog).
The study itself is heavy with statistical jargon, but one thing that jumped out at me was the "odds factor," i.e., controlling for grades, test scores, residency, and gender, the odds ratio favoring black over white applicants was 61 to 1 (by way of comparison, the relative odds of a smoker dying from lung cancer vs. a non-smoker is 14 to 1).
The University of Wisconsin is, of course, a state institution and, therefore, bound by the 14th Amendment: "No State shall . . . deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." But in Grutter v. Bollinger, the Supreme Court allowed state universities to pursue race-conscious policies provided they're "narrowly tailored" (61 to 1, how's that for "narrowly tailored?).
Grutter involved the University of Michigan Law School -- it's no surprise that law schools have lead the way in trashing equal protection. In his dissent in Grutter, Justice Thomas pointed out that "blacks can achieve in every avenue of American life without the meddling of university administrators," and he quoted the words of Frederick Douglass -- words that every university admissions officer should have stamped on his forehead:
"What I ask for the negro is not benevolence, not pity, not sympathy, but simply justice. The American people have always been anxious to know what they shall do with us... . I have had but one answer from the beginning. Do nothing with us! Your doing with us has already played the mischief with us. Do nothing with us! ... And if the negro cannot stand on his own legs, let him fall also. All I ask is, give him a chance to stand on his own legs! Let him alone! ..."