- May 2014
The Pale of Settlement and pogroms were obviously completely unacceptable and tragic, but the Jewish quotas at universities and other fields actually made some sense if one was a blank slatist. After all, if all groups have the same potential and one group is overperforming, then one could argue that it would make sense to implement a policy of favor of affirmative action in favor of the underperforming groups. In this case, the underperforming groups were everyone else; thus, these quotas could be viewed as being a case of pro-non-Jewish affirmative action:What drove Jews to the revolution were the politics of two very dumb monarchs, Alexander III and his son Nicholas II who were very anti-Semitic and established 3% norm for gymnasiums for Jews.
Russian Anti-Semitism, Or Just Affirmative Action In Action?