We as Asian-Americans cannot afford to pit ourselves against other minority groups by buying into rhetoric of college admissions as a zero-sum game. We cannot subscribe to the idea of the "Asian-American whiz kid" and disregard the significant disparity that exists within groups of the larger Asian-American community.
The current public debate and wave of articles about how colleges can do a better job of providing access to students from low-income families reminds me that for over a century, most colleges have had an affirmative action policy for rich, well-connected white kids. It is called "legacy" admissions.
The SCOTUS is the nation's highest court. The recent 2-to-1 decision by a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upholding the University of Texas at Austin's use of racial preferences in its admissions program indicates that the two judges in the majority have forgotten this basic tenet of American law.