I was fortunate to begin my playwriting career in New York’s downtown theater community, which was full of organizations that cared about challenging and diversifying the predominantly white theater world.
That led to the production of David’s play “FOB.”“I really consider my career to be the beneficiary of affirmative action,” David told me recently, “because that’s what affirmative action does: It recognizes a social need and creates a program in order to address that.”I’ve seen how increasing diversity can cause a field to flourish.
To achieve real diversity, I believe that affirmative action should be a holistic process, as it is at Harvard, encompassing class as well as race.
Affirmative action exists because people of color — predominantly black and brown people — have fought for it in the face of centuries of discrimination.
The plaintiffs’ sole proposed solution, eliminating affirmative action, would be incredibly harmful to all people of color, including Asian-Americans like me.