Actor James Franco is being denounced for playing Fidel Castro while white.
But would Franco’s Portuguese grandpa qualify Franco for affirmative action under existing U.S. rules and regulations?
David E. Bernstein’s instructive new book Classified: The Untold Story of Racial Classification in America, which I review in Taki’s Magazine, can answer this and many other puzzlers about just who can qualify to get their noses in the racial/ethnic quota trough.
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August 10, 2022
Over the last half-century, America has concocted countless affirmative-action programs in government, academia, the military, and business, with many new ones hastily ginned up just since George Floyd’s demise.
But the bureaucratic details of how they work (or don’t work) tend to be kept rather secret from the public. After all, the less the victims of racial quotas hear about them, the less they will think about them.
Hence, there tend to be more urban legends than facts readily available on who exactly qualifies for which racial and ethnic preferences, and what boxes you could check on your application to gain an edge. Law professor David E. Bernstein’s instructive new book Classified: The Untold Story of Racial Classification in America recounts dozens of cases of audacious individuals who pushed the envelope to get the government’s thumb on the scale in their favor, often to the befuddlement of bureaucrats and judges.
Read the whole thing there.