New Tricks

Steven Farron, who earned a Ph.D. at Columbia University and was a professor of classics for many years at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, has produced a masterly volume on the thorny subject of what is euphemistically termed affirmative action.  It doesn’t seem that an article, a book, or a collection of raw data on affirmative action has escaped his keen eye.  He has written not only a comprehensive and exhaustive study of the subject but a brilliantly insightful critique of the whole ugly and unconstitutional process of discriminating against whites.  Refreshingly, Farron pulls no punches, calling the process “vicious” and “anti-white” and underpinned by “shameless frauds and deliberate lies.”  This second edition of The Affirmative Action Hoax contains data and documents not available when the book was originally published in 2005.

Farron argues persuasively that the precedent for affirmative action in universities was set shortly after the turn of the 20th century in an effort to ensure that Ivy League colleges would remain predominantly WASP.  Many of the schools, having adopted standardized entrance exams, were suddenly admitting unacceptably large numbers of Catholics and, especially, Jews.  Moreover, many of the Protestants admitted were not the “right sort” from prestigious prep schools but the products of public high...

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