STUDENTS OF color in the incoming freshman class at the University of Wisconsin in Madison must have had a disorienting second week of the semester. On September 13, they were greeted by a small group of old, suited white men at podiums, telling them they don't belong here--and over 850 angry students telling those men they're wrong.
Myth Number 1: Students of color admitted under affirmative action aren't admitted on merit.
Myth Number 2: White students are admitted to college solely on merit.
Myth Number 3: Affirmative action hurts students of color by putting them in environments for which they aren't prepared.
Myth Number 4: Maybe affirmative action was important once, but those days are long past.
Myth Number 5: Affirmative action policies in colleges distract attention from disparities earlier in the pipeline.
Myth Number 7: White students are only harmed by affirmative action policies.
Myth Number 8: Anything that smacks of "quotas" is rigid and suspect.
Myth Number 9: If we had class-based affirmative action, we wouldn't need race-based affirmative action.
Myth Number 10: We have to choose between class-based and race-based affirmative action.