Affirmative Action and Baseball
There may be affirmative action programs that can, at least charitably, be described as doing nothing more than leveling the playing field. But Ted Shaw knows full well that affirmative action programs often involve massive racial preferences akin to moving the fences nearly all the way to the infield, because he has been at the forefront of efforts to defend such programs. A recent example is Shaw's defense of the University of Michigan's race-based admissions system, the subject of a pair of 2003 Supreme Court cases discussed below. Under UM's point-based undergraduate admissions system, minority applicants received a 20-point bonus, the equivalent of a full grade point. By comparison, applicants could receive one point for an outstanding essay and five points for the highest level of personal achievement. The racial preferences in UM Law School's admissions system were equally massive, though less transparent. In both cases, black, Hispanic, and Native American applicants with B-averages were treated as equal to white and Asian applicants with A-averages. Now, if that’s not moving the fences in, what is??