Admissions offices use affirmative action to put together their fruit baskets, and you're likely to be less picky about the oranges if you have enough apples in the cart. I agree that socioeconomic diversity should be the focus for admissions offices, as opposed to race. URMs are by and large members of groups that have suffered at the hands of U.S. history--but I don't see how race alone should be so closely connected to lower standards for admission. You could say that American railroads were built with Chinese hands or that the atomic bombings of Japan by America did a real number on the population--how come Asians don't get a bump in admissions? This brings us back to the example of the fruit basket...or the flying circus, for that matter. I'm all for diversity and new experiences (I would hate if my fruit basket had only lemons), but why make it a policy to ensure that every color of the freaking rainbow gets represented in proper proportions every year at the lunch table? That takes away from the allegedly merit-based nature of admissions. Affirmative action rightly deserves a lot of the criticism it receives.