I have seen, time and time again, "underrepresented" students from "developing" or "under-developed" countries whose parents were major landowners (or heirs to wealth gotten in other ways) get into colleges when native-born working-class kids with high grades and test scores were shut out.
What the lovely doctor is describing is one of the interhuman division cycles, somewhere between its midpoint and the beginning of a new cycle. Here, using "race" as the illusory category, elites ("universities") are making a show of improvement by overcoming an obstacle they prepared decades ago. Much like direct forms of monetary racketeering, this socialized structure relies on making the universities the savior of a bad situation that they created, while at the same time laying the groundwork for another bad situation that they can solve decades/centuries in the future.
Foreign Policy Model
"Foreign policy" provides an excellent, easy-to-follow example. Let's use the more recent of the popular boogeymen, Osama bin Laden, but we'll begin with the immediately preceding cycle:
Phase 1, Condition: The evil Soviet Empire is evil, and also an empire. This is a threat to America. Everyone is scared.
Phase 1, Action: Give weapons, military training, and furtive unconventional attack training to extremist Taliban in Afghanistan, led by Osama bin Laden, to fight off the evil Soviet Union.
Phase 1, Foreshadowing: When the Soviets are out of Afghanistan, new asset will use his resources against America, which occupies his home country and those of many of his followers. Profitable new war then available.
Phase 2, Condition: Osama bin Laden and Taliban successfully fight Soviets out of Afghanistan. Osama bin Laden, with vague, somewhat intangible relationship to evil Taliban and Afghanistan, plans offensives against America. This is a threat to America. Everyone is scared.
Phase 2, Action: Invade Afghanistan. Arm extremist Northern Alliance and extremist Pakistani military to fight off evil Osama bin Laden and evil Taliban.
Phase 2, Foreshadowing: When the Taliban and Osama bin Laden are gone, new assets will use their resources against America, which occupies their home countries. Profitable new war then available.
Phase 3, Condition: The swarthy fools in the Middle East have descended into impoverished warfare and social upheaval. This irresponsible instability is a threat to America. Everyone is scared.
Phase 3, Action: Invade, arm, rinse, repeat.
Phase 3, Foreshadowing: When new tyrant regimes have stabilized swarthy fools, new tyrant regimes will be a threat to America. Profitable new war then available.
"Foreign" policy, and the current expression of distance-based exploitation cycles known as "America," lays out the model well, and with different variables, the model can go forward in time a little, and backward in time a couple hundred years, remaining almost exactly correct back through the twentieth century, and essentially correct, minus details, through the nineteenth.
What we note about the model that is important is its repeatability. Like any steady business, we need consistent returns to sustain this model, which means constant investment in future sources of income. New wackos, if you will, must always be under constant fabrication, so that they're available to justify new demand as soon as the last wacko has been defeated. The cauldron of hatred and fear must be kept boiling, ready for release the instant the most recent "problem" gets "solved." The solution will always be deliberately imperfect, and it's unfortunate that so many hats ended up on the ground, but we did the best we could.
The abuse of notions of "diversity" on the part of universities follows this model. Universities were created as, and remained for the better part of their existence thus far, horridly racist institutions. American universities taught slave agriculture, and didn't bother denying admission to blacks, because who would bother enunciating a policy that was so obvious? We see artificial celebrations of diversity, now, as a means of making it look like universities are the saviors of the world, addressing the systematic flaws that underlie the system they created.
Here's the model with school & diversity plugged in:
Phase 1, Condition: People have gotten the idea from somewhere that minorities are academically inferior. This is a threat to decency. Everyone is upset.
Phase 1, Action: Offer priority academic admission to minorities.
Easy, yes? But the real genius, and what separates historically-based (written-records-based) elites from harem-holding strongmen, is the foreshadowing--the preparation for a sustainable future exploitation, built into the very same actions that appear to be solving the last problem. Let's back up a little to see more of the pattern. It's going to get a little head-spinning.
Phase 1, Condition: Poor people are angry about being poor.
Phase 1, Action: Tell poor people that they are poor because of other poor people. Suggest that they band into alliances under rulers who will protect them from the other poor people. Establish a formal system of nations to much pomp and circumstance over a period of decades.
Phase 1, Foreshadowing: Poor people will still be poor, and will be angry about it. Profitable anger forthcoming.
Phase 2, Condition: Poor people are still angry about being poor.
Phase 2, Action: Tell poor people that they are poor because of other "nations." Suggest that they follow rulers into wars with other nations to crush the other nations and become rich. March to mighty formal wars to much pomp and circumstance over a period of decades.
Phase 2, Foreshadowing: Poor people will still be poor, and will be angry about it. Profitable anger forthcoming.
Phase 3, Condition: Poor people are still angry about being poor.
Phase 3, Action: Tell poor people that they are poor because inferior races are living among them. Develop sciences through an educated academic class explaining the mental inferiority of the inferior races. Establish formal caste system to much pomp and circumstance over a period of decades.
Phase 3, Foreshadowing: Poor people will still be poor even when they are "better" than lower castes, and will be angry about being poor. Profitable anger forthcoming.
Phase 4, Condition: Poor people, damn them, are still angry about being poor, the ingrates.
Phase 4, Action: Tell poor people that they are poor because a privileged caste of people created a caste system which unfairly stole labor from lower castes and prevented proper and fair social development. Develop sciences through an educated academic class explaining how the wrongs of the caste system are responsible for the stagnation of generations and must be purged. Eliminate formal caste system to much pomp and circumstance over a period of decades.
Phase 4, Foreshadowing: Poor people will still be poor even when they are no longer part of a formal lower caste, and will be angry about being poor. Poor people who were not part of the formal lower caste will resent being blamed for the caste system created by educated academic class that explained to them the mental inferiority of the inferior races. Profitable anger from both groups forthcoming.
Phase 5, Condition: Poor people, amazingly, are still angry about not being able to become economically stable.
Phase 5, Action: Tell poor people that they are poor because they have failed to adequately redress the past wrongs of the caste system (see also "exorcism" ~ eds.). Develop sciences through an educated academic class explaining how the wrongs of the previous caste system were never actually purged, and need to be purged again by the development of a new caste system. Develop further sciences explaining the mental inferiority ("blindness;" "ignorance") of the newest inferior races. Establish formal caste system of necessary re-caste divisions to much pomp and circumstance over a period of decades.*
Phase 5, Foreshadowing: Poor people will still be poor even when they become members of a new privileged caste. Profitable anger forthcoming.
* The later stages of this part are what we see now, as described Dr. Furiosa's above post.
The Future, and Saving Yourself
An idea of "races" can occur to anyone, and bigotry and stupid decisions can pop up anywhere; however, the major, systematic, worldwide, elite-nurtured caste systems are built and dismantled, like so many 1990s operating systems, on the theory of planned obsolescence. Elites grow different forms of discrimination (including patriarchal societies) to keep the poor divided against each other for a while. The obvious stupidity of bigotry will become obvious to most people after a while, which is why corporate board members sitting with a journalist will speak much differently about an African-American in 2013 than they would in 1913, or 1813. Similarly, in a century or two, early 21st century race-preferential speech and policies will be seen in true foulness by society at large, rather than as the righteous rebellion that many current adherents enjoy being part of. The modern, well-educated dialect of diversity will then seem about as modern and well-educated as eugenics once did.
People born into each new cycle, though, make a great mistake when they view their triumph over any one form of bigotry--race, sex, sexuality, whatever--as proof positive that they have triumphed over all bigotry, or more importantly, over all bad decisions. The silliest chanting of all in any era tends to be from the true believers, who feel that any form of resistance to "what was" automatically equates to A Good Action.
E.g., believing that, by admitting to Wharton the daughter of a multi-millionaire factory owner in "South Korea," they are being more "diverse" and "open" than they would be if they went with a random lottery of students in that SAT score group, and admitted an identically-scoring white male foster child from Kansas. Just one example. The Korean girl is actually half white, because her father married a Czech refugee, and the "white male" is 1/8 black, because one of his great grandparents was a black man, but his stupid, racist grandfather forbade anyone in the family from talking about it, and the kid just has a dark tan, that's all, and no one will even know, until the Citizen Genome Registration Act passes (and let's all pray that it does!).
(And even when a form of that Act does pass, uncertainties about the total ancestral identities of the people used as models to provide a "range" for any given "race" or "ethnicity" will make any conclusions philosophical issues. It'll be really painful watching the next few generations of bio-weapon scientists abusing rationality when the time comes.)
We save ourselves from these kinds of mistakes by following the axiom to not judge a book by its cover--even for reasons that seem undeniably positive at the time. Any positive act of resistance to a bad ideology, if it is dependent on costuming, allows elites to co-opt the usage of those very costumes (as discussed in O.N., Original Nerd) and ensure that the actual problem will never be solved.