Chester Smolski

Document Type



Urban Redevelopment


Differences between ethnic and racial labels confusing.


"Her mother is black and Native American; her father is Mexican and Italian; so with what racial and ethnic group does she identify? On her college entrance application she wrote "African-American." This topnotch student, with demonstrated ability in scholarship, athletics, music, leadership and community involvement, is exactly the type of student Harvard wants, sos he has been invited to be in its entering class this fall. No small feat since nine of 10 applicants are rejected.

Ethnicity and race are two of the 10 criteria used at Harvard in making selections for admission, for diversity is the key word today, whether selecting college freshman or choosing the work force. Affirmative Action legislation has mandated that minorities be given recognition and, often, priority over whites, not a very controversial subject. But what is a minority?"