The college admissions scam opens a new front in the affirmative action debate

(CNN)Pull yourself up by your bootstraps. What about the college cheating scandal? The outrage over the scam laid out by federal prosecutors has opened a new battleground in the affirmative action war. Opponents of the policy say the allegations bolster their arguments that elite colleges can’t be trusted to vet students impartially. Defenders of racial preferences say, “There’s a lot more kids at elite colleges because their parents are rich than because they’re brown or black.” Looming behind this debate is a big question that may take years to answer: Could revelations from the cheating scandal actually save affirmative action, if and when the US Supreme Court takes up the issue again? So far, there’s little indication to think the …