Walter Block: Affirmative Action May Be More Responsible for COVID Deaths Than You Think

Walter Block: Affirmative Action May Be More Responsible for COVID Deaths Than You Think


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Did affirmative action kill people who died of COVID, cancer, diabetes and heart attacks before their time?

On its face, that is not only silly question, but an offensive one. However, if we look a bit more deeply into this matter, the idea is not at all that preposterous.

Thanks to affirmative action (a more accurate appellation would be negative action), the most intellectually gifted children are no longer guaranteed a spot in the Bronx High School of Science or Stuyvesant High School, the most rigorous in New York City.

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Less able high school seniors take the places in prestigious universities from the more able. There are now lawsuits pending against Harvard and Yale for this sort of racial discrimination against Asian-Americans. Similarly, smarter college students are replaced by less talented individuals in graduate and medical schools.

What are the deleterious effects of such a policy?

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