Obama favors class-based affirmative action

Twice during the primary campaign, Obama has been asked by George Stephanopoulos, who handled a review of affirmative action policies for President Clinton, whether or not he believed his own fairly privileged daughters deserve affirmative action preferences in college. Both times he answered no.

Obama then went further to say that low income and working class people of all colours deserve special consideration.

Not only does this make excellent sense, it would also have the desirable side effect of introducing the discussion of class into the political mainstream instead of maintaining the current bizarre fiction that class somehow doesn’t exist in the US.