EVANSTON — Sally Evans, currently a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant senior at Richard B. Russell High School, received a rejection letter from Northwestern after applying early decision. After mulling it over for several weeks, she decided Thursday to take a stand for what is right. “I’m not racist,” the teen said. “I just don’t think it’s fair that I worked so hard and still didn’t get into Northwestern. If the quotas from the ‘60s were still in place, this never would’ve happened.”
Evans is, of course, referring to the quotas on minorities that the university enforced in the days before the Civil Rights Movement. Back in what she referred to as “the good old days,” both racial minorities and Jews were limited in enrollment opportunities. Despite being allowed to enroll in Northwestern, African Americans were not allowed to live on campus until 1949, when the university graciously opened the “International House” for black women to live in.
The high school senior then went on to say, “Seriously, I promise I’m not racist. I even have a black friend that I say hi to on my way to AP Art History every day. It’s just that I know that this is definitely the only reason I got rejected. White people have it so hard in this country.”
While Evans’s mother agreed that her daughter “really deserved the spot over those ‘other’ people,” her father refused to comment. When asked what he thought of his daughter’s campaign, he just shook his head and solemnly stared at the ground.
Evans will be attending her back-up school, the University of Alabama.