The same people who bash affirmative action either ignore and or are uninformed about the number of legacy admissions to elite colleges and even non-elite colleges, which can also adversely influence whether one gets accepted or not at a college, but why is the focus always on people of colour who supposedly get nods over more deserving white students? Have these same white college students who complain about getting rejected on account that some less qualified got selected even make similar arguments against legacy admissions or do they like every other idiot assume that all these rich white kids are qualified and earned their admissions? one of the benefits of white privilege is no one will question how you made to college because its assume and or a given that you worked hard for it, the same can't be said of people of colour. Legacy asmissions go against the concept of meritocracy: A "legacy" of racial injustice in American higher education: it's admission time again--this month admission staffs at the nation's elite institutions are scrutinizing hundreds of college applications. It's also legacy time again. (24-JAN-08) Diverse Notable quote: Because legacy admits are typically wealthy, White, fourth-generation college students, they offer little to colleges and universities in terms of racial and ethnic diversity. In fact, according to multiple sources, over 90 percent of legacy admits are White Protestants. Thus, legacy admits systematically reproduce a culture of racial and economic privilege. Research shows that legacies enjoy a 25 percent advantage in admission processes at selective institutions, whereas Blacks receive only an 18 percent advantage due to affirmative action. According to Princeton demographer Dr. Thomas Espenshade, for example, being a legacy applicant is the equivalent of receiving a 160-point boost on the SAT. So, why aren't we seeing controversial lawsuits filed against legacy applicants? Legacy admission policies not only have a potentially negative impact on students of color, they also diminish the chances of admission for low-income and first-generation students. Thus, many scholars assert that legacy preference is "affirmative action for rich White people." In the words of Daniel Golden in his 2007 book The Price of Admission: How America's Ruling Class Buys Its Way Into Elite Colleges, "even as conservative critics paint affirmative action for college-bound minorities as giving African-Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans an unfair advantage over more capable White candidates, the truth is the reverse. The number of Whites enjoying preference far outweighs the number of minorities aided by affirmative action." Perhaps emphasizing this class-based discrimination will lead to legal challenges to legacy policies, since many Americans are more willing to acknowledge "race-less" economic partiality than race-based inequality.