We have had arguments before about whether college students (training for high-income professions) can morally take advantage of welfare.
Here’s my question today: under what circumstances could a Saint in the United States morally take advantage of affirmative action?
My father, for example, discovered after he had already gone to college that he had American Indian ancestors, enough to have gotten various kinds of scholarships and financial aid. But my father is as Anglo as they come. Could he have morally took advantage of those scholarships if he had found out sooner?
The New York Times has published an article on how DNA testing is revealing previously unsuspected ethnic ancestry in lots of middle-class Anglo Americans. Can they morally take advantage of affirmative action?
What about hispanic or African-American saints from privileged backgrounds?
My tentative take: BYU offers multicultural scholarships that, I think, ultimately have the purpose of helping with proselyting and conversion in ethnic groups the Church has a hard time reaching and getting leadership in. Given that, I believe that a person who will not be seen by members of that ethnic group as belonging to it should not take advantage of those scholarships, while privileged members of that group permissibly could. The analysis is probably different when it comes to government affirmative action, though, and frankly I’m at a loss.