Editorial: A black eye for colleges, wealthy elite

This past week’s story of wealthy parents fraudulently buying admission to top universities for their unqualified kids certainly confirmed a lot of suspicions by a lot of people, not the least of which is elements of society favor the wealthy, the connected, the unscrupulous and the white, and a whole lot of other people have no chance.

It was a particularly damning addition to a picture of America that is racially and economically unjust and unequal.

It is discouraging and disheartening. Not every college has recruiters taking bribes. Not every affluent white family is looking to sneak their kid into college.

But this scandal is all too similar to so many other examples of dispirit levels of opportunity in our culture, proof that the playing field is tilted. It is our ethical and moral duty to tilt it back.


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