I have written about columnist Leonard Pitts more than a few times (such as here, here, here, and here). He is a big supporter of racial preferences, but these remarks in an interview at Ohio University suggest that he hasn’t a clue how racial preferences actually work:
I am insulted by the idea that you have to lower standards to recruit minorities. The problem is that affirmative action is being defined as a way of increasing diversity. We need to remember that affirmative action was not originally defined in that sense; it was first defined as a way to redress years of systemic exclusion of people on account of gender and race. Now, should schools continue to broaden their reach, and attempt to recruit minorities? Yes. Should they consider factors other than, but including, scholarship? Yes, because that’s done racially and nonracially. To lower entrance requirements, however, in the name of better representing a certain culture, is problematic and insulting.
And speaking of things that “we need to remember,” Pitts should himself be reminded that affirmative action began in Executive Orders signed by Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, both of which made it clear that their purpose was to ensure that people should be treated “without regard to their race, creed, color, or national origin.”