Nearly half of college students are falsely claiming they are Native American on their college applications to reap the benefits of discriminatory affirmative action, according to a recently published survey.
Data published by Intelligent on Tuesday shows white students are most inclined to embellish their race during the application process to improve their chances of being accepted or obtaining financial aid.
Forty-eight percent of the 1,250 white applicants who participated in the survey admitted that they identified themselves as Native American during the application process, while “13 percent of respondents claimed to be Latino, 10 percent claimed to be Black, and 9 percent claimed to be Asian or Pacific Islander.”
Males were more three times more inclined than females to fake minority status than women on a college application, with 48 percent of male respondents claiming to be a minority on their college application, compared to just 16 percent of female applicants. However, “women are more than twice as likely as men to pretend to be Black (18% compared to 8%).”
Twenty-four percent of white women represented themselves a Native American and 18 percent claimed they were Latino, while 54 percent of white male respondents claimed Native American heritage.
College applicants ranging from the age of 35 to 44 are most apt to game the system by embellishing about their race to get ahead (43 percent), while 41 percent of students 16–24 years old admitted to lying about their racial identity. “Those rates are lower for 25-34 year-olds (31%); 45-54 year-olds (28%), and people 54 and older (13%),” the study notes.
Eighty-five percent of the respondents believe they benefited by lying about their race on their applications. Pretending to be a different race didn’t backfire on the majority of the applicants because “75 percent of people who claimed to be a racial minority on their applications were accepted by the colleges to which they lied.”
As white Americans lie on their applications to circumvent discriminatory practice of affirmative action, a lawsuit filed against Harvard University for unfair admissions practices against Asian-Americans is pending adjudication in the Supreme Court.
The plaintiff, Students for Fair admissions, contends Harvard has penalized Asian Americans who are reportedly required to score as much as 450 points higher on the SAT to have a similar chance of admission as black students to enhance the chances for Black and Latino applicants.
In July, the high court postponed action on the major challenge to Harvard’s use of racial affirmative action and issued an order asking the Biden Department of Justice to offer its views on the case. The lawsuit could end the nationwide practice, social engineering that boosts the admission of Black and Latino students for decades and punishes high achieving students at the expense of equality of opportunity.