from "Pros of Racial Quota" by Michael Tumposky, Class of 1997 in the October 1995 Argo

"The recent suit brought on by Michael McLaughlin has given much publicity to the racial quota of Boston Latin School. This quota, which was set up in 1974 and then moved to the jurisdiction of the School Committee 10 years later, reserves 35% of the seats at BLS for Black and Hispanic students. I personally feel that the quota does much more good than it does harm . . . First, not every student starts out on an equal playing field . . . Second, diversity at inner-city schools is extremely important. Some people argue that it is an insult to Blacks and Hispanics to know that they may not have gotten in on their own merits. But minorities would also be offended if one of the best public schools in the state, located in a system in which 65% of the students are White and Asian, had only an estimated 10 to 15% Black and Hispanic student body. If this were the case, it would have greatly affected my decision to come to this school and I'm sure it would have affected the decision of many others as well."