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College Admissions Scandal Mastermind Reportedly Told Parents To Lie About Ethnicity To Further Advantage Their White Children

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New details have emerged from the college admissions scandal that made headlines back in March. According to the Wall Street Journal, William “Rick” Singer, the mastermind behind the scandal, encouraged his clients to lie about their child’s race on applications to boost their chances of getting into elite colleges. He specifically told parents that to change their white child’s ethnicity to black or Latino because not doing so would put their children at a “competitive disadvantage” to other students.

A new report on the college admissions scandal is showing just how far the privileged will go to take places in higher education from students of color by any means necessary.

Elite colleges have long given preference to athletes and children of former alumni. Singer took notice and advantage of a new trend in college admissions, schools seeking students of color.

The son of Marjorie Klapper is one student who changed their racial identity as an advantage. He was reportedly falsely listed as being black and Hispanic on his Common Application, which includes an optional box where applicants can note their race or ethnicity.

Last Friday, Klapper plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. Prosecutors allege she paid Singer $15,000 to have a proctor take the ACT for her son in 2017.

In one instance, an application “may have been based on a tenuous connection, such as a distant relative of Native American ancestry,” a source told the Wall Street Journal. Yet according to that same source, “There was nothing Native American about this kid.”

The scandal has opened up the hot button issue of race being a factor in college admissions.

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Race being considered a major factor in college admissions has become a hot-button issue since the college admissions scandal broke back in March. The scandal has also shed light on affirmative action and the realities that many minorities face getting into top colleges.

While lying on college applications may not be a crime, schools can take disciplinary action over the false statements. The families embattled in various federal investigations face charges related to bribery or test-cheating.

At a court hearing in March, Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Rosen said Singer’s schemes included “lying about students’ ethnicities and other biographical information in an attempt to take advantage of perceived benefits from affirmative action and other programs.”

Singer then, responded that “everything that Mr. Rosen stated is exactly true.”

In the aftermath of the college-admissions scandal, the SAT will now include a new measure for privilege beginning this year.

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Along with scores measuring math and reading levels, the test will include an “adversity score” that indicates a persons social and economic background. The score won’t be shown to students and will be reported only to college officials, according to The New York Times. Race will also not be a factor in the score.

The college admissions scandals involved over 30 parents trying to get their children into elite colleges.

Klapper is just one of the 33 parents, including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, charged in the admissions scheme. The U.S. Department of Justice reported that parents paid $15,000 to $75,000 to Singer in exchange for manufactured test scores. One student’s parents even paid $6.5 million to get their child into Stanford University.

This latest revelation about racial misrepresentation adds to a story that has brought national outrage over privilege. The college admissions scandal had also ignited a debate about diversity and legacy status in the college admissions process.

READ: The College Cheating Scandal Highlights The Different Paths Many Face Getting To College

It's Not Just Us, Brazil's Loose Gun Laws Have Seen An Uptick In Violence And The Latest Massacre Saw 11 Dead

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It’s Not Just Us, Brazil’s Loose Gun Laws Have Seen An Uptick In Violence And The Latest Massacre Saw 11 Dead

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Brazil is once again rattled by gun violence after gunmen entered a bar and started shooting. Officials confirm that nearly a dozen people have died.

According to news reports, 11 people have been killed in what officials are calling a “massacre.”

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Our of the 11 dead, there were six were women and five men. The armed group, whose members were wearing masks to cover their faces, arrived in cars and a motorbike before storming the bar and opening fire.

The shooting took place in the northern city of Belem.

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According to Brazil’s G1 News, those killed were from a low-income and violent part of the city called Guamá, which is considered one of the seven most violent spots in the metropolitan Belem area. Federal troops were just sent in this past March to boost security.

Gun violence continues to be a major issue across Brazil and one that seems to be growing more severe.

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In 2017, Brazil had a record 64,000 homicides, 70 percent of which were due to firearms. Much of that violence is either gang or police related.

In January, gangs attacked across the northeastern city of Fortaleza, bringing that city to a standstill as businesses, buses, and taxis all shutdown.

Rio de Janeiro, the country’s second biggest city, experiences daily shootouts between police and criminals, battles that often result in the deaths of innocent bystanders. According to one group, Fogo Cruzado, that monitors shootings in the Rio metropolitan area, there were 2,300 shootings in Rio during the first 100 days of this year.

And this bar attack comes just two months after a massive school shooting, a rarity in Brazil.

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The shooting took place in Sao Paulo and resulted in the deaths of eight kids. The gunmen were former students. Even though gun violence is common across the country, even the city’s police chief said he had never seen anything like this.

The school shooting could have been even worse had a brave woman not saved the lives of 50+ students.

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According to BBC, a school cafeteria worker helped save the lives of more than 50 kids by protecting them in the school’s kitchen.

Despite the growing gun violence, Brazil’s far-right president has recently made it easier to get a gun.

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Earlier this year, Brazilian President Jaír Bolsonaro, who ran on a so-called “law-and-order” platform, signed a decree making it easier for people to get guns.

The decree loosens restrictions on gun imports and allows people to carry more ammunition, increasing the limit from 50 cartridges to up to 5,000.

He’s trying to deliver on a campaign promise to overturn gun control regulations in a country suffering from a record wave of gun deaths.

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