Speaking of color-blind admissions policies, no one in the media seems to remember that under then-Gov. Jeb Bush, the Sunshine State adopted color-blind college admission policies in 1999. In the wake of that policy, the percentage of minority students has actually risen. Black enrollment was up – though down slightly in percentage terms – while Hispanic and Asian enrollment ROSE. Diversity was enhanced.
Guess what state was rated number 1 in university education this year according to U.S. News and World Report: Florida.
Oh, and the media assault on the policy back then turned out to be as hysterical and wrong then as it is now in the wake of last week’s Supreme Court decision. This headline is from a Florida newspaper in 1999: