"Let's go over what the Naval Academy sees as an artificial achievement barrier. A black candidate with B and C grades, with no particular leadership qualities, and 500 on both portions of the SAT, is virtually guaranteed admittance. A white student, who's not an athlete, with such scores is deemed not qualified.... Many black students are admitted to the Naval Academy through remedial training at the Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS) in Newport, R.I., which is a one-year post-secondary school. Finishing the year with a 2.0 GPA, a C average, almost guarantees admission to the academy. A C average for remedial work is nothing to write home about. Occasionally, when students don't make the 2.0 GPA target, the target is renegotiated downward. Minority applicants with SAT scores down to the 300s and with Cs and Ds grades (and no particular leadership or athletics) are also admitted after a remedial year at the Naval Academy Preparatory School. "
Speaking as someone who didnt have the best grades in the world, I can't say that it's a bad thing that less qualified students are given a year to try and catch up with the others in their class. It's just that I never realized that the bar would be lowered so much as to allow nearly anyone with the ability to read these words the shot at attending such a prestigious school simply because of race. With the world becoming more and more dangerous, this makes about as much sense as allowing unqualified candidates receive firefighter jobs due to the supposed neeed to fill quotas. (or "goals" as they are now known by the Michael Bloomberg set.