Massive college cheating admission scandal reveals the disadvantage which black parents already knew of

Massive college cheating admission scandal reveals the disadvantage which black parents already knew of

Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are among 50 people who are facing charges after an FBI investigation brought massive rigging of admissions procedures

The nation is seeing the largest college admission scam that is being prosecuted by the department of justice. According to USA Today, March 12 was a day when stars including Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were among dozens of wealthy parents who were accused of essentially bribing, cheating, and lying to get their children into elite schools like Stanford University, the University of Southern California (USC), UCLA, Georgetown University, the University of San Diego, Wake Forest University, and Yale. 



According to the reports, the massive scheme allegedly involved lying about sports involvement, paying for stand-ins for SAT and ACT exams, and even bribing test administrators to change scores. 
Others charged include nine coaches at elite schools; two SAT/ACT administrators; an exam proctor; a college administrator; and a CEO who admitted he wanted to help the wealthiest families get their kids into elite colleges.



According to NewsOne, the bribery scandal just reminds the people of how white and wealthy get what they want by bending and breaking the rules to their liking. While such is not the case for black families, who have to face more than a few biases to get in the league. Moreover, this type of interference would only serve to create a larger disadvantage for black students. 



Teen Vogue's Jenn M. Jackson writes that "This college cheating scandal, defined by its rootedness in white privilege, brings forth questions about racial equality and what it means for some families to try and provide the best possible education for their children." At the same time, students attending private schools also tend to have an advantage over others. 



What does this mean for black and brown families who don't have the same kind of resources that the white elite have?
For poor and working-class families, especially those who are Black and Brown, public schools are often the only option for primary and secondary education.  



Given that public schools tend to have lesser funding compared to private schools, the students attending those are left vulnerable. According to The Atlantic, high-poverty Black and Brown neighborhoods have less property ownership and fewer tax dollars to contribute to local schools, which leaves poorer, minority students vulnerable. 



The disparity when it comes to higher educations just becomes clearer with the revelation about the biggest college admission scam in the United States. 
Reportedly, the whole scheme was orchestrated by William Rick Singer, CEO of a college admissions prep company called The Key. Singer pleaded guilty to four charges Tuesday and admitted that everything a prosecutor accused him of "is true." 



CNN reports that the payments made by these wealthy families were disguised as charitable contributions to Key Worldwide Foundation — a purported nonprofit that was actually "a front Singer used to launder the money that parents paid him," US Attorney Andrew Lelling said. 

Some parents paid between $15,000 and $75,000 per test to help their children get a better score, prosecutors said. In some cases, parents allegedly took part in Singer's scheme to bribe college coaches and athletic officials. 



Yale, Wake Forest, UCLA, USC, the University of Texas and Georgetown have released statements ranging from identifying themselves as victims of the alleged criminal schemes too in some cases announcing internal investigations and firings. Singer entered a guilty plea on Tuesday and his attorney told media his client was "very remorseful." 



One of the most baffling things about this case, of course, is just how easy it is for rich people to get into elite colleges without fraud.
The scheme had two major pieces. In the first part, parents allegedly paid a college prep organization to take the test on behalf of students or to correct their answers. Second, the organization allegedly bribed college coaches to help admit the students into college as recruited athletes, regardless of their abilities, prosecutors said. 



In all, 50 people were charged in the criminal investigation that went by the name "Operation Varsity Blues."  
The parents, Lelling said, were a "catalog of wealth and privilege," including actors, CEOs, a fashion designer and the co-chairman of a global law firm.
"This case is about the widening corruption of elite college admissions through the steady application of wealth combined with fraud," Lelling said. "There can be no separate college admission system for the wealthy, and I'll add that there will not be a separate criminal justice system either." 



FBI Special Agent Joseph Bonavolonta said the parents spent anywhere from $200,000 to $6.5 million to guarantee admissions for their children. The criminal accusations stretch from 2011 to 2019. The extensive case involved arrests in six states across the country. 

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