How US elite schools stay so white

Rather than pit minorities against each other, the problem lies in the white bias in admissions policies

Who deserves to get an elite education? That question is being debated in Massachusetts, where court papers argue over Harvard's use of race in its "holistic" admissions process, and in New York City, where politicians are trying to increase the number of black and Latino students in top public high schools.

But the answer has always been obvious: only the elite.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 31, 2018, with the headline 'How US elite schools stay so white'. Print Edition | Subscribe