The fact of the matter, however, is that while Harris's life circumstances have been "difficult," difficult circumstances are not confined to black students. There is absolutely nothing in the description about Harris that is uniquely an obstacle confronted by blacks. Whites have also been known to file for bankruptcy and to have parental inadequacies. Asian and white kids also attend unstable schools. Yet, because Harris is black, every disadvantage in her life is interpreted as a problem engendered because of her "race." And, those who support race preferences want to use the tool of "affirmative action" to compensate for those supposed "effects of being black." They want to do that which the United States Supreme Court forbids them from doing: "curing societal ills." In the absence of Prop. 209, they could hide behind the fig leaf of "diversity," but Prop. 209 removed their ability to do that in California.
He closes by saying that giving preferences based on socio-economic status would be a reasonable substitute for race- or gender-based preferences. However, he really hit the ball out of the park a couple paragraphs before when he said:
Finally, it is not "just" for public institutions to practice discrimination based on the "race" or skin color of an individual. If that fact is not settled by now, then the past 40-plus years of American history have taught us nothing.