A lawsuit claims that Harvard University's application process unfairly weights arbitrary "personality traits" over objective numbers, resulting in the acceptance of fewer Asian students in favor of white, black and Hispanic students with lower test scores.
What is the evidence?
Tl;dr ... Harvard doesn't seem to like Asian-American personalities.
The suit presents an analysis of 160,000 student records, finding that while students from an Asian background had the best scores on "admissions measures like test scores, grades and extracurricular activities," they suffered when it came to traits like "positive personality," the New York Times reported.
The analysis found that these personal ratings for subjective traits (e.g., "likability," "courage," "kindness") significantly affected students' chances of being accepted. In the lawsuit, this effect is described as "racial balancing," keeping the number of Asian-American students accepted artificially low and students of other racial backgrounds artificially high.
Glenn revisited some key moments in history on today's show. Asian-Americans were historically mistreated and considered less than human; why are we not able to celebrate them and give them a fair chance to succeed today?
"If you actually based it on the things that would matter to get into a school, instead of 19 percent of the Harvard student body being Asian, it would be 43 percent," Stu explained.