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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

June 30, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Affirmative action is fading as disadvantage evolves

Economic inequality trumps racial inequality

Kudos to columnist David Brooks for his trenchant analysis of the recent Supreme Court ruling regarding affirmative action [“The affirmation of a new reality,” Opinion, June 27.]

As a 20-year veteran teacher in Seattle Public High Schools (the last eight at Cleveland High School, one of the poorest in the city) and a current teacher in a high-school dropout-prevention program at Highline Community College, I heartily agree that economic disadvantage, not race, is the critical determinant of a student’s chances at both entering and completing college.

Current studies show that a middle-class student of any race has a better chance of completing a four-year degree than students of any race from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Class, not race, needs to be the new affirmative-action focus.

Victoria Bernstein, Seattle

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