And Y’all Were Mad About Affirmative Action: Black Folks Respond To National College Admissions Scam
There is no limit of what a parent would do for their child. But there are some instances when those actions of love happen to violate the law and end up disenfranchising other children across the country.
According to the New York Times, federal prosecutors charged 33 parents in a major college admission scandal that involved several wealthy parents, including actresses Lori Loughlin (Aunt Becky from “Full House”) and Felicity Huffman, best known for her role as Lynette Scavo on “Desperate Housewives.” The parents involved are accused of paying bribes to get their children into American universities.
College athletic coaches were also involved as some parents applied for sports scholarships in order to be granted admission, regardless of academic aptitude or athletic ability.
The case was the Justice Department’s largest college admissions prosecution, involving 200 agents. A total of 50 people, including parents, coaches etc were charged across six states.
In many of the situations, the students were not aware that their parents had forged test scores and lied to get their children into school.
Because the parents disguised the money as charitable donations, they were able to write the bribes off on their taxes.
As a result, Huffman were arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. Authorities haven’t been able to arrest Loughlin because she is currently out of the country.
While this doesn’t seem like an issue that effect the Black community directly, when you consider the Black students who have to be accepted on merit alone, the Black students who have been accused of benefitting from Affirmative Action, and Black students who have felt they don’t belong in higher learning institution