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SCOTUS Bans Affirmative Action: Andreas Stamatakis Explains It Means Nothing!…


EDITOR’S NOTE (Nick Stamatakis):  Many of you were excited to hear the news about the Supreme Court Banning Affirmative Action in College Admissions, as if it would have huge practical consequences.  The reality is that it does not mean much in practical terms as the colleges have many other avenues to regulate admissions – and some of them are not “equalizing” at all… Example: Colleges will never stop admitting – even the most stupid and unqualified – kids of rich donors!!   

Below, my son Andreas, explains it in a few sentences… Andreas is a specialist in Ivy League college admissions.  He recently published his first book, “The Ivy League Road Map”, which has become a hit in this category (please see link here).  Andreas has re-oriented his initial business organization (SAT prep courses) to a complete consulting business for those students planning to apply to Ivy League Schools or other prestigious Universities.  He is doing great, and I could not be more proud of him!!

Here is a link to Andreas’s “West Palm Test Prep” for those with children or grandchildren approaching college age…



Opinion: Supreme Court drops the H-bomb and D-bomb

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The choice faces every one of Harvard University’s 25,000 students and more than 400,000 alumni: say in casual conversation that your university was a “school near Boston” or insert the fact that you are, or were, at the nation’s oldest and most prestigious institution of higher education — and risk appearing that you are boasting.

Asked last year what advice he would give to a senior, Harvard College Dean Rakesh Khurana told the student newspaper, The Crimson, “Don’t gratuitously drop the H-bomb.”

As the Wall Street Journal noted, “The H-bomb … is the thermonuclear act of saying aloud that one attends or attended Harvard.”

Attending Harvard isn’t just a matter of pride. It has real-world consequences. Graduates of Harvard and other Ivy League schools earn significantly more than most college graduates –— the credential opens doors. Maybe the best confirmation of that is that eight out of the nine Supreme Court justices went to law school at either Harvard or its Ivy rival, Yale.

For some, those doors will be shut after the conservative majority on the Supreme Court killed the use of affirmative action in college admissions Thursday, ruling that the consideration of race by Harvard and the University of North Carolina — and by extension, any college other than the military academies — is a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment’s equal protection clause.

Like last year’s ruling on abortion, the decision was not a surprise. As Michael Gerhardt, a law professor at the University of North Carolina, noted, “For nearly five decades, affirmative action in university admissions has been as much of a target as Roe v. Wade was” among the conservative legal establishment. “Just as (former President Donald) Trump took credit for the overruling of Roe, he can take credit for the three appointments that helped guarantee the end of affirmative action in higher education.”

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Summer Tan, a rising sophomore at Harvard, wrote, “This ruling will affect generations to come, keeping many students from gaining access to the academic spaces that I have benefitted from. … the Supreme Court has jeopardized the intellectual and academic diversity that my peers, professors and I value: The very same diversity that has made this nation great.”

Ana Fernandez, a recent graduate of Wellesley College, argued that there are serious flaws in the way affirmative action is being used. “At many elite colleges, minority student representation is skewed toward students from privileged socio-economic backgrounds regardless of their racial or ethnic identities. According to researcher and author Richard Kahlenberg, 71% of Black, Latino and Native American students at Harvard … come from college-educated homes with incomes above the national median. In fact, they hail from the most advantaged fifth of families in their respective racial or ethnic groups. Are these the students who truly need a leg up in admissions?

In 2003, the court upheld the use of affirmative action in admissions but said the practice would no longer be needed in 25 years. The court’s decision moves up that clock by five years, as Lanhee Chen wrote. “The court’s decision Thursday is consistent with its view that race-based preferences should and would have a limited shelf life. And, as the decision notes, the significant majority of America’s colleges and universities do not use race as a factor in admissions, while three of the country’s most populous states (including California) have already outlawed it. While it may be tempting to argue that today’s ruling constitutes a significant deviation from existing precedent, and will usher in a sea change in how college admissions are conducted, the reality is very different.”

The new decision, Peniel E. Joseph observed, “represents an enormous setback to efforts to create greater opportunity in a country riven by White racial privilege, class distinctions and outright hostility towards Blacks and other historically marginalized and underrepresented groups.”

The debt bomb

The court followed up its momentous ruling on affirmative action Thursday with another sweeping decision on Friday. It threw out President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan, which would have relieved all of the remaining debt owed by 20 million people and reduced the median amount owed by another 23 million from $29,400 to $13,600.

This feels personal for Rachel Clark, a former schoolteacher whose $23,000 in debt would have been cut to $3,000 under Biden’s plan. “I am one of a growing number of teachers who has left the field because they’re unable to make ends meet. … At 32, I can no longer live hand to mouth. I have no assets that can set me up for a future of motherhood, home ownership or retirement. I have nothing except debt. And the Supreme Court has just guaranteed that this will be the case for many years to come.”

“The court made the right decision,” wrote Ilya Somin, a law professor at George Mason University. “If the administration had won, Biden and future presidents would have been empowered to use vague statements to usurp Congress’ constitutional control over the federal budget. Moreover, because of the context for this decision, it also would have allowed the president to abuse emergency powers for partisan ends.”

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The write-off of $430 billion in loans “would have been a waste of taxpayer funds when the US is already facing a looming fiscal crisis, a regressive policy in that it helps the relatively affluent (former college students) and potentially inflationary by infusing vast amounts of additional cash into the economy,” Somin added.

To Leah Litman, a law professor at the University of Michigan, the court’s decision was a huge overreach — “the latest decision that shows the conservative majority of the Supreme Court is deploying whatever tool it can come up with to invalidate what it considers bad policy.” Democratic government isn’t designed to work this way, she observed. “The unelected justices aren’t supposed to veto policies they don’t like just because the policies strike the justices as unwise.”

For more on the court:

Timothy HolbrookThe Supreme Court leaves door open to widespread discrimination

Nicole HemmerAnother not-as-bad-as-it-could-be decision from America’s highest court

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  1. Informative. I be will pass this article around. As for myself, I will not abide in color scheme games.

    Constitution is color-blind, and neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens.” Plessy v. Ferguson, 163 U. S. 537, 559 (1896) (Harlan, J., dissenting).
    Justice Clarence Thomas!

    🎬Black Privilege🎬

    🎬Privilege is having your own National Anthem.

    🎬Privilege is having your own “History month”.

    🎬Privilege is wearing $300 sneakers when the only job you’ve ever had is selling drugs.

    🎬Privilege is having a Smartphone with a Data plan which you receive no bill for.

    🎬Privilege is living in public subsidized housing where you don’t have a utility bill.

    🎬Privilege is having free health insurance for you and your family that’s paid for by working people who can’t afford health insurance for their families. 

    🎬Privilege is having multiple national organizations promoting and protecting your race that’s subsidized by federal tax dollars.

    🎬Privilege is having access to a national college fund that supports only your race.

    🎬Privilege is having a television network that supports only your race.

    🎬Privilege is the ability to go march against, and protest against, anything that triggers you, without worrying about calling out of work and the consequences that accompany such act.

    🎬Privilege is having as many children as you want, regardless of your employment status, and be able to send them off to daycare or school you don’t pay for.

    🎬Privilege is being strongly favored for a job opening with a company even when personal qualifications are less than other applicants.

    I’m sure I missed some, but I think the above facts more than adequately detail what group has an over abundance of undeserved privileges.

  2. Thanks Andreas – it’s unbelievable how the uber privileged class is – aka – Democrats!
    And ty Jane,
    had no idea of long list of privileges
    Blacks have and still call USA racist.


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