Malcolm Gladwell's article about Ivy League admissions in the New Yorker is a bit of an eye-opener:
In the nineteen-eighties, when Harvard was accused of enforcing a secret quota on Asian admissions, its defense was that once you adjusted for the preferences given to the children of alumni and for the preferences given to athletes, Asians really werenâ€™t being discriminated against. But you could sense Harvardâ€™s exasperation that the issue was being raised at all. If Harvard had too many Asians, it wouldnâ€™t be Harvard, just as Harvard wouldnâ€™t be Harvard with too many Jews or pansies or parlor pinks or shy types or short people with big ears.
Why do people gotta hate?