Affirmative action was right for the fire departments and military academies that had historically excluded qualified applicants because of their race. Race-based affirmative action policies in the pursuit of diversity and multiculturalism, however, have no place in university admissions. These policies discriminate against white applicants by granting a wholesale preference to all members of a minority group.
A university should be a meritocracy, not a demographic mirror of society. Selections for admission should be based on academic excellence and personal achievements without regard to race, religion or ethnicity.
Affirmative action travels a glorious path through the West's moral and legal traditions. Aristotle wrote about a "rectifying" justice that addressed previous injustices. If someone stole money, it was not sufficient to say sorry. Rather, he should also return the money or compensate in other fair ways.