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Color and Money

How Rich White Kids Are Winning the War over College Affirmative Action

Peter Schmidt

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What is the real story behind the fight over affirmative action at colleges? Veteran journalist Peter Schmidt exposes truths that will outrage readers and forever transform the debate. He reveals how:
 
* colleges use affirmative action to mask how much they cater to the country club crowd and to solicit support from the big corporations they steer minority students toward;
 
* conservatives have used opposition to affirmative action to advance a broader agenda that includes gutting government programs that help level the playing field;
 
* selective colleges reward families for shielding their children from contact with other races and classes and help perpetuate societal discrimination by favoring applicants from expensive private schools or public schools in exclusive communities;
 
* racial tensions like those witnessed at Duke University, the University of Michigan, and scores of other campuses in recent decades are a direct result of college admissions policies;
 
* affirmative-action preferences for women and minorities may have survived recent court challenges, but in much of the nation they are unlikely to survive the forces of democracy; and
 
* regardless of what happens with affirmative action, African Americans are going to be denied equal access to colleges for many decades to come unless American society undergoes revolutionary change.
 
This is a startling, brave, and thoroughly researched book that will ignite a national debate on class and education for years to come.

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Praise for Color and Money

“Forget about religion, politics, sex, even race. The issue Americans are least likely to be able to discuss honestly is class. Color and Money is a forthright examination of the inequalities we must start talking about if we are ever going to achieve a semblance of equality. Anyone interested in the inequities of the selective college admissions process will find Color and Money clear-eyed, hard-hitting, enlightening, and informative.”
--Rachel Toor, author of Admissions Confidential: An Insider’s Account of the Elite College Selection Process
 
“For those concerned about why the march toward social justice in America has faltered badly for nearly forty years now at the hands of the nation's entrenched political and economic systems, Peter Schmidt's Color and Money is a highly instructive--and greatly disturbing--guidepost.”
--Richard Kluger, author of Simple Justice: The History of Brown v. Board of Education and Black America's Struggle for Equality
 
“Written with a passion for the issues, Peter Schmidt offers a compelling and thoughtful summary of the history of government policy, court decisions, and the politics regarding affirmative action. This book is a must read for anyone concerned about access to higher education--especially the nation's elite universities--as well as those concerned about questions of social policy and justice.”
--Terry MacTaggart, Former Chancellor, University of Maine System
 
“Books on the highly-charged issue of affirmative action are usually one-sided and inflammatory. Peter Schmidt’s Color and Money is a wonderful exception. It provides an honest and fair examination that is also passionate and illuminating. Schmidt carefully weighs the arguments for and against affirmative action and then lays bare higher education’s naughty secret--that for all its self-congratulatory embrace of diversity, poor and working-class students of all colors remain largely shut out.”
--Richard D. Kahlenberg, Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation, and author of The Remedy: Class, Race, and Affirmative Action
 
“An indispensable guide to the debate over affirmative action in the United States.”
--Michael Lind, author of The Next American Nation
“Forget about religion, politics, sex, even race. The issue Americans are least likely to be able to discuss honestly is class. Color and Money is a forthright examination of the inequalities we must start talking about if we are ever going to achieve a semblance of equality. Anyone interested in the inequities of the selective college admissions process will find Color and Money clear-eyed, hard-hitting, enlightening, and informative.”
--Rachel Toor, author of Admissions Confidential: An Insider’s Account of the Elite College Selection Process
 
“For those concerned about why the march toward social justice in America has faltered badly for nearly forty years now at the hands of the nation's entrenched political and economic systems, Peter Schmidt's Color and Money is a highly instructive--and greatly disturbing--guidepost.”
--Richard Kluger, author of Simple Justice: The History of Brown v. Board of Education and Black America's Struggle for Equality
 
“Written with a passion for the issues, Peter Schmidt offers a compelling and thoughtful summary of the history of government policy, court decisions, and the politics regarding affirmative action. This book is a must read for anyone concerned about access to higher education--especially the nation's elite universities--as well as those concerned about questions of social policy and justice.”
--Terry MacTaggart, Former Chancellor, University of Maine System
 
“Books on the highly-charged issue of affirmative action are usually one-sided and inflammatory. Peter Schmidt’s Color and Money is a wonderful exception. It provides an honest and fair examination that is also passionate and illuminating. Schmidt carefully weighs the arguments for and against affirmative action and then lays bare higher education’s naughty secret--that for all its self-congratulatory embrace of diversity, poor and working-class students of all colors remain largely shut out.”
--Richard D. Kahlenberg, Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation, and author of The Remedy: Class, Race, and Affirmative Action
 
“An indispensable guide to the debate over affirmative action in the United States.”
--Michael Lind, author of The Next American Nation

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Peter Schmidt

  • Peter Schmidt is a deputy editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education, where he writes about affirmative action, state and federal higher-education policy, and historically black colleges and universities. He previously covered school desegregation, urban education, immigrant education, and education research for Education Week. He has also reported for the Associated Press and the Detroit Free Press, and has written for the Weekly Standard, Teacher Magazine, and Detroit Monthly. His work has won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Education Writers Association, the Virginia Press Association, and the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. His coverage of affirmative action won a special citation in 2007 for beat reporting from the Education Writers Association. He lives in Washington, D.C.
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Color and Money

How Rich White Kids Are Winning the War over College Affirmative Action

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