1. Affirmative action isn’t dead or dying, in spite of our being able to push back against it in some states in regards to college admissions. The reason AA isn’t dying is because AA isn’t a line item public policy, it’s a state of mind. Affirmative action won’t die until white pathological altruism dies, and that looks very much alive and well.
2. There is no such thing as white privilege. (Even though there should be.) Miss Dalmia’s evidence that there is is that:
Elite schools — both public and private — routinely hand preferences to athletes, children of faculty, celebrities, and politicians; “development cases” whose wealthy parents offer hefty donations; and, above all, offspring of alumni. Princeton sociologist Tom Espenshade found that nearly two thirds of all these non-race-based preferences at elite universities benefited whites in 1997, even though whites made up less than half of all applicants. In some Ivies, no more than 40 percent of seats are open to candidates competing on pure merit.
So, since elite schools goose admissions for the kids of elites, that’s evidence of some wide scale society-wide “white privilege.” Funny she mentions Tom Espenshade, because he and Alexandria Radford did another study later on to prove that the real bias in Ivy admissions are against working-middle class whites whose activities are “proletarian,” things like JROTC and 4-H. Everyone else, including Jews, as Ron Unz has proven, has a leg up relative to their meritocratic standing.
Here’s the most telling thing at all: Dalmia writes for Reason, a supposedly right-libertarian magazine.