Affirmative Action and the Supreme Court

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Lee Bollinger, president of Columbia University and author of Uninhibited, Robust, and Wide-Open: A Free Press for a New Century, talks about the Supreme Court taking up the issue of affirmative action in college admissions.


Lee Bollinger

Comments [23]

The Truth from Becky

martin chuzzlewit indeed! hiding behind a fictional character name from a dickens novel! Hah, coward.

Mar. 07 2012 12:46 PM

CheezleWhiz -

Anything I can do to fuel your neurotic paranoia.

You're welcome.

Mar. 07 2012 12:22 PM
The Truth from Becky

jews indulge in of more than 90% of government sponsored programs offered martin, leash your racism.

Mar. 07 2012 12:05 PM
The Truth from Becky

Affirmative action is and was necessary because of the mentality of those in the world like Martin.

Why Affirmative Action is associated only with the Black Community when immigrants of ALL races benefit is another testament full story.

The fact that you have to legally command certain people to be fair is why it exists NOT because those it affects are any less than those they compete against.

Mar. 07 2012 12:02 PM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

dboy - No, you can NOT get an agent's fee for increasing the number of people here who read my posts, LOL.
Let's not start with names, or we'll remind everyone of your frequent anti-semitic rants and Jew hatred.

Mar. 07 2012 11:58 AM


Why don't you address the issue of your own blatant racism, instead of "L"ingOL?

It's really not very funny.

Mar. 07 2012 11:51 AM

It's a GREAT Kountry™!!!

Mar. 07 2012 11:49 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan


LOL, you little twit.
Why don't you surprise us all by posting something substantive once in awhile? posts are neither clever nor articulate(more like grafiitti- attention-getting and simplistic).

But, hey, thanks for calling more attention to my posts.
My very own little stalker, LOL.

Mar. 07 2012 11:47 AM

... and a large number of his faculty cannot go to the doctor!!!

Mar. 07 2012 11:46 AM
Jay from Washington, DC

Did Brian Lehrer just call female students "co-eds"?!

Mar. 07 2012 11:44 AM

bernie from bklyn

I'm fully agree.

Just pointing out the nasty racism on display, here.

Mar. 07 2012 11:43 AM

How about the question of GORGING himself at the education trough whilst students rack-up ENORMOUS student debt!?

Mar. 07 2012 11:40 AM
bernie from bklyn

@dboy- why would you say that? has nothing to do with that. if they have the proper grades/test scores, they get in. if not, they don't. who cares about the race of the applicant?
should poor kids that have great grades get financial help to pay for that university? yes, absolutely. but there are poor kids in ever race/ethnicity.

Mar. 07 2012 11:40 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

There is NO PROOF that it "improves" anything. These are ginned up squishy studies by (surprise) universirties that their sociology and black studies departments have manufactured to support their agenda and their own existence. They are studies that solicited nothing but opinions.

Mar. 07 2012 11:40 AM

Look at basketball where there is hardly a single Asian and all the racial taunting Lin received during his Ivy League games. You aren't going to hear such things levied against blacks in Ivy League basketball. No diversity lets racist attitudes cultivate.

Mar. 07 2012 11:39 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

No, Brown vs The Board of Ed was about giving American kids access to a decent equal education - regardless of race, starting with primary school - NOT to make privileged kids and faculty feel good about themselves because they see a black, brown, or yellow face sitting next to them.

Mar. 07 2012 11:38 AM

Keep dem darkies out eh, CheezleWhiz??

Mar. 07 2012 11:37 AM
bernie from bklyn

how can he compare brown vs.board of ed. and affirmative action? it's not even close...

Mar. 07 2012 11:35 AM

How does Mr. Bollinger reconcile a $2M a year Columbia University salary whilst overseeing a prime Manhattan real estate grab, gigantic tuition costs (= enormous student loans) and sitting on the board of the Fed which "oversees" the institutions that issue said student loans.

Oh, and a university endowment of $8 BILLION dollars and offering NO health benefits (or any other kind of benefit) to regular pt/adjunct professors???

Mar. 07 2012 11:25 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Race, ethnic, sex, religious - based affirmative action is almost never a good thing. Hand picking a few students to simply to fill a quota, does not help the other 99.99% of under-privileged kids that still do not have access to the educating they need - to get a fair shot.

Also, it's about class. Many kids that get into so-called "elite" colleges, not because of how smart they are but because of who they know.

Mar. 07 2012 11:14 AM
t from bk

Since we're talking about campus diversity: As a Columbia student, I want to know why the president hasn't made a stronger statement against the disgusting, anti-woman comments some of the students of Columbia have been making online recently, regarding Obama's commencement speech at Barnard this spring. We have people calling each other "feminazis," "sluts," and much worse. And president Bollinger brushes it of as "19-year-olds writing at 4:30 in the morning." What does THAT say about how we as an institution are dealing with diversity in our community?

Mar. 07 2012 11:09 AM
bernie from bklyn

affirmative action is wrong. we need to move away from this philosophy as soon as possible. we are all the same, regardless of skin color/ethnicity. racism in american won't end until we end these policies.

Mar. 07 2012 10:15 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

Brian- PLEASE, PLEASE ask Bollinger to explain the new Duke study versus his contention. I'm SURE that he is aware of it
Heather MacDonald of the Manhattan Institute cited it for the destructiveness of putting underprepared African-Americans at elite schools just so those institutions can check off that box. These students might have been “A” students at a state college and inspired by good performance to aspire to more, but instead they become the bottom of the curve at these schools that are poor matches for them. They then get bitter, angry and, of course, eventually blame it on racism.
“A growing body of empirical evidence is undermining the claim that racial preferences in college benefit their recipients. Students who are admitted to schools for which they are inadequately prepared in fact learn less than they would in a student body that matches their own academic level. As an ongoing controversy at Duke University demonstrates, however, such pesky details may have no effect on the longevity of the preference regime….(at Duke, blacks’ combined math and verbal SATs are 1275; whites’ are 1416, and Asians’, 1457).
The Duke paper, whose methodology is watertight, deserves widespread attention among educators and policymakers. Predictably, however, a number of black students, alumni, and professors have portrayed the research as a personal assault. Members of Duke’s Black Student Alliance held a silent vigil in protest of the paper and handed out fliers titled “Duke: A Hostile Environment for Its Black Students. In an email to the state NAACP, the BSA called the paper “hurtful and alienating” and accused its authors of lacking “a genuine concern for proactively furthering the well-being of the black community.”

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Mar. 07 2012 06:44 AM

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