CNN.com - Bush criticizes university 'quota system' - Jan. 15, 2003, NY Times: President Faults Race Preferences as Admission Tool... My feelings about affirmative action have changed over the last few years. I used to be for it, because I subscribed to the idea that it was the only way to undo some of the damage our society has inflicted on its less privileged ethnic groups. However, on reexamination, I've come to believe that it's fundamentally unfair to institute quotas or to lower admissions standards based solely on race. Not only does it send the wrong message (that as a society we penalize or reward people based on things like the color of a person's skin), but it also works at the wrong end of the problem. I'm all for directing the nearly limitless resources of our country at raising literacy and test scores in inner city communities, because the solution begins in the eradication of poverty. Lowering admissions standards just allows our society to avoid dealing with this, the real source of poor minority performance in school.