It strikes me as just slightly odd that Post reporter Theola Labbé-DeBose, like Michelle Obama a Princeton grad, could write an entire mini-essay on "Michelle, meritocracy and me" - about the special difficulties faced by black Americans trying navigate the overclass, and her worry that "no amount of pedigree and personal polish will let us entirely escape suspicion, mistrust and jealousy" - without even mentioning affirmative action, let alone pondering its impact on the elite African-American experience. "I've given a lot of thought to the intersection of race, education and meritocracy," she writes, "based on both my personal experience and my job covering schools for The Post." Maybe she should think a little harder.

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