Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: I agree with Dr Cohen1 that the practice of discrimination is wrong and
ought not continue. Affirmative action is thus similarly wrong. The favoring
of a small number of races of necessity entails discrimination against all
others. If past discrimination was wrong (and it was), then current discrimination
is wrong and no other conclusion is possible. Race-based favoritism directly
contravenes the American principle of equality. The 14th amendment guarantees
citizens equal protection of the law: for the medical schools, equal protection
means that all students of equal ability have an equal chance of admission.
Nothing else is fair or right.
Heider MJ. Affirmative Action in Medical School AdmissionsAffirmative Action in Medical School Admissions. JAMA. 2003;289(23):3084. doi:10.1001/jama.289.23.3084-a