The New York Tines has an article here describing programs that attempt to help poor and minority youngsters get into college in states that don’t allow affirmative action.
I think these programs are fine. They help level the playing field a little, and are not at the expense of anyone. Nothing wrong with that.
The problem now is that there are so many other kinds of discrimination in college admission. There have been a number of studies in the last few years documenting the preference that colleges give to male applicants, since their grades and scores tend to be lower than their female counterparts. Asian students seem to be actively discriminated against in many select schools. And, of course, there are always the legacy students and athletes.
I was a high school teacher for 37 years, and--honestly--didn't see the difference that an integrated classroom made. However, I do think there is a compelling societal interest in having women and minorities well represented in the positions of power in this country. I'm not sure how to get there, but a good start would be to stop discriminating against women and Asians in college acceptance.