Liberal Colleges Hate 'Privilege,' Yet Admissions Love Celebrity Kids
American colleges seem to have a lot of people on their payroll who speak out against privilege. But of course, it's all talk. They're more than happy to accept a celebrity to raise their profile.
Recently, the topic of Tiffany Trump, daughter of President Donald Trump, attending law school shed light on what colleges really think about privilege:
Tiffany Trump, the president’s daughter by his marriage to Marla Maples, is applying to law school. The Washington Post’s report makes two points: (1) children of celebrities normally receive preferential treatment in admission to colleges and law school, but (2) it’s not clear that such treatment will be granted to the daughter of this particular celebrity, the non-liberal President of the United States.
Both points are scandalous. They illustrate the bankrupt, pseudo-progressive nature of American higher education.
But this explanation demonstrates even more starkly the hypocrisy of progressives. Shouldn’t the “social justice warriors” who attend elite colleges and their progressive parents be offended that their institution grants preferential admission to “the privileged?” (The Washington Post article cited above makes clear that this practice is known to students). Instead, for most it seems to be a point of pride.
They're fine with the preferential treatment some get, even if they happen to be white.
While leftists complain about equality, there's little to indicate they actually believe in any such thing. They absolutely want some people treated better than others. Even the dreaded white male can get preferential treatment.
You rarely hear about a young celebrity taking a couple years off from acting to go to Nebraska or the University of Georgia. No, they go to Harvard or Yale. And we've seen enough of Hollywood to know this is absolutely not because of their smarts.