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OPINION - COLUMN ONE

PAUL GREENBERG: Identity politics

By Paul Greenberg

This article was published March 11, 2018 at 1:53 a.m.

Back in 2011, Cossatot Community College, a branch of the University of Arkansas system, set out to reach its top priority: not to improve the education of its students, but to fill student slots with the currently politically correct quota of students who identify as Hispanic.

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BoudinMan says... March 11, 2018 at 7:57 a.m.

"...its top priority: not to improve the education of its students, but to fill students slots with... Hispanics." I would think that a college could achieve both at the same time. This either/or way of thinking is characteristic of the right wing. Ex.: either you allow everyone to own every gun, every time, everywhere, or you stand against the 2nd A. It's counterproductive.

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BOLTAR says... March 11, 2018 at 10:59 a.m.

Imagine the outrage if educational institutions had ever sought to help white people more than others.

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BOBBYAMPEZZAN says... March 11, 2018 at noon

This is one grumpy column. If it were made into an audiobook it could be voiced by Clint Eastwood speaking to an empty chair.

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RBBrittain says... March 11, 2018 at 2:05 p.m.

Oh, how far the mighty Pulitzer winner has fallen. Perhaps he forgot that it's called Cossatot COMMUNITY College? The COMMUNITY of De Queen is now majority Hispanic. Reaching out to the COMMUNITY is what that college is SUPPOSED to do, just like Pulaski Tech (now part of the UA System just like Cossatot) which has a large African American enrollment even though it's not an HBCU (like his old hometown's university UAPB).

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PopMom says... March 11, 2018 at 4:38 p.m.

Rich people's kids get into colleges with less than stellar academics all the time. Why doesn't Paul write about these people? Arkies have an easier time getting into Ivy Leagues etc. because of geographical diversity.

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Lifelonglearner says... March 11, 2018 at 4:58 p.m.

As an old white guy who had to deal with affirmative action quotas throughout my military career, the thing I like about them is when they get in the way of the old boy networks of right family, friends, neighborhoods....etc

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carpenterretired says... March 11, 2018 at 10:08 p.m.

Has PopMom by chance explained Ranger Tom's Harvard adventure ?

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