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Affirmative action is a highly controversial issue and one that has tended to split the Asian American community in particular.

However, much of this fear is grounded in the assumption that race-conscious affirmative action leads to bias against Asians.

Affirmative action benefits historically underrepresented minority groups by stacking the cards against Asian Americans, goes the common (but misguided) refrain.

Many, including my own friends and family, know this case as the “Harvard affirmative action case” and have the misconception that this is a case about race-conscious affirmative action.

This conflation between bias against Asians and affirmative action is furthered by the “mascotting” of Asians in the fight against affirmative action by conservative groups.

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