I understand affirmative action specifically for blacks and American Indians because of the long-term legalized oppression (whether it actually works is questionable). But I don't understand it for Hispanics, who were never treated legally different from whites (at least not on a large scale). I'm sure some Hispanic migrant workers had a tough time, but then again so did Irish and Italian immigrants toiling away at factories in the cities when they first came over. And so did the Chinese working on the railroads -- they were treated abhorently. Yet Chinese don't get any affirmative action today but Hispanics do. Well, Asians generally have a culture which really values education -- that is the difference.