The Common Application Takes Action to Address Systemic Racism

Ivy Coach salutes The Common App. for taking decisive action to make the highly selective college admissions process more equitable (photo credit: Namkota).

We recently saluted The Common Application for taking decisive action to address systemic racism. And what did Common App. do, you ask? The organization that makes the central platform through which the vast majority of college applicants apply to colleges opted to eliminate the prompt that asked applicants to answer if they’ve faced discipline by their high schools. As studies demonstrated, the prompt disproportionately negatively impacted Black/African American students applying to colleges. And so after years of debate about whether the question should be asked at all and, if so, how it should be posed, Common App. boldly eliminated the question in its entirety.

The Common Application Made a Courageous Change

It’s a decision that we believe is worthy of praise. As Benjamin L. Fu and Dohyun Kim report for The Harvard Crimson in a piece entitled “Experts Say Common App Change Promotes Racial Equity in College Admissions,” “Russell J. Skiba, a psychology professor at Indiana University, said he supported the Common App’s decision, saying it would help lessen racial inequities in college admissions and systemic racism more broadly. ‘I just think this is a courageous act on the part of the Common App, when an institution looks at itself and says, ‘you know, here is something that is potentially disadvantaging a group’ and takes affirmative action to remove that,’ Skiba said. ‘I think it’s the kind of actions that address and hopefully put an end to systemic racism.'”

The Common Application Is Deserving of Praise Today

We wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment of Mr. Skiba. Common App. looked inward and realized that one of its prompts unfairly discriminated against a group of applicants. And while it may have taken the organization too many years to finally take decisive action to address this inequity, we are glad they finally came around to take the courageous step of eliminating the question. Common App. has received its fair share of criticism from us over the years for issues with their application and so we figured we’d further shine sunlight today on a time when they did right.


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  • Benjamin Franklin says:

    So, if a student assaulted another and was suspended (and, for some reason it was not put on his/her record) this should not be reported to the college? I think the rules disproportionately affect negatively those who actually committed the most trouble. The thing the liberal left seems to forget is violent crimes (those crimes which are documented by either video or eyewitness evidence) are overwhelmingly committed by blacks and hispanics.

    In New York from January to June 2008, 83 percent of all gun assailants were black, according to witnesses and victims, though blacks were only 24 percent of the population. Blacks and Hispanics together accounted for 98 percent of all gun assailants. Forty-nine of every 50 muggings and murders in the Big Apple were the work of black or Hispanic criminals. Blacks and Hispanics commit 96 percent of all crimes in the city, he says, but only 85 percent of the stop-and-frisks are of blacks and Hispanics. So much for your people of color being singled out.

    After researching the FBI numbers, an analysis of ‘single offender victimization figures’ from the FBI for 2007 finds blacks committed 433,934 crimes against whites, eight times the 55,685 whites committed against blacks. Interracial rape is almost exclusively black on white — with 14,000 assaults on white women by African Americans in 2007. NOT ONE case of a white sexual assault on a black female was found in the FBI study!

    Give me a break, Ivy Coach, you are part of the liberal left and the enemy of truth. Poor black America- always the VICTIM of white ‘racism’, and never the perpetrator, right? The solution is for black America to stop having babies out of wedlock which is close to 82% and start marrying and staying married. How about trying this novel approach- honesty. Black America has not taken responsibility for itself and relied to heavily on government and victimhood to exist. And that is the real cause of their plight. Once they rely on themselves (as a race, because individually there are some great ones who believed in themselves and not in government and excuses), they will be far more successful.

  • Benjamin Franklin says:

    Though blacks are outnumbered 5-to-1 in the population by whites, they commit eight times as many crimes against whites as the reverse. By those 2007 numbers, a black male was 40 times as likely to assault a white person as the reverse.

    If interracial crime is the ugliest manifestation of racism, what does this tell us about where racism really resides — in America?

    And if the FBI stats for 2007 represent an average year since the Tawana Brawley rape-hoax of 1987, over one-third of a million white women have been sexually assaulted by black males since 1987 — with no visible protest from the civil rights leadership.

    Today, 81.8 percent of all black kids are born out of wedlock. Growing up, these kids drop out, use drugs, are unemployed, commit crimes and are incarcerated at many times the rate of Asians and whites — or Hispanics, who are taking the jobs that used to go to young black Americans.

    Are white vigilantes or white cops really Black America’s problem?

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