Unless the past injustices harmed you...you don't need retribution for anything. I was not even a middle class kid, more like bottom rung poor white kid in Kentucky. I haven't lived in Kentucky in 25 years. I have never been on public aid as an adult and my children have no idea what foodstamps or even wic is...I vowed to never go back..I have managed to do just that. I have a college degree, with no student loans..I worked my butt off for it. You want it, you will find a way to do it. I (literal I) keep handing stuff to you...you don't know the value of what you have. There is no reason to ever need to know what race anyone is. If you want a world that is free from color, it has to start with you.
The 6-2 decision upheld a voter-approved change to the Michigan Constitution that forbids the state's public colleges to take race into account. That change was indeed up to the voters, the ruling said, over one justice's impassioned dissent that accused the court of simply wanting to wish away inequality. More: bigstory.ap.org.
Race has ongoing salience. It continues to affect the opportunity structure. To say that colleges should be deliberately blind to do that is to say that they should be blind to discrimination, to stereotype threat, to what it is like to grow up and face daily dehumanization.
The effect of the policies should not be massive and should be defensible by statistics and means-tested efforts. And it should be accompanied by class-based affirmative action. But race should be considered directly as a variable.
"race" is an antiquated idea from the 17C that should not be used in this context. Instead, ethnicity, or even demographic is a more relevent term.
I can not talk from an American perspective, but in Australia Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders (our native peoples) have reduced requirements for school and university entry. I think this is an important step is righting some past wrongs and breaking some vicious cycles which once broken benefit not only their communities but society in large.
When European colonists came to Australia, they changed the fabric of Aboriginal society. Many Aboriginies found it difficult to adapt to these drastic changes, and with the introduction of alcohol the effect on their society and culture were devestating, much of which is pronounced to this day. Granting more Aboriginal students access to higher education does much to break cycles of abuse which have held them back as a community. This also provides role models for the next generation, and so has a cumulative and positive effect.
Some may argue that this is 'white guilt', and that is arguable to an extent, but semantic arguments rarely solve problems; education has historically been far better at this.
I believe America has a similar history with native Americans, and i believe it is just as important there to improve communal esteem in those populations. Although i havn't read the external link, and am otherwise uninformed of the situation, the inability to determine ethnicity may negatively effect those who need it most.
If I were to say "yes, race should be legally allowed as a factor in college admissions" and then go on to say "and it should only be the white race that has the advantage"...
What do you think would happen?
Maybe someone would think that's unfair? Maybe?