Ok, let's assume two young men are applying for financial aid so they can attend the University of Delaware. One is white, one is black. Both applicants live in the same neighborhood and are in similar socioeconomic positions. Both have virtually identical academic records and SAT scores. Why is it permissible for the black (or other minority) man to check a box and automatically have an advantage over the white applicant? Are both men not equally deserving of financial aid? If so, and if the purpose of financial aide is to help poor students go to college, then why not be entirely color-blind and give out financial aid, scholarships etc. based entirely on merit and need?
I fail to see how giving someone a leg up based solely on their skin color is any less racist than denying them opportunities based on that same criteria. Those deserving of help are deserving of help. Period. Why the hell should race matter?