No of course not, but is it better to deny them for the same reason? Yet that was done for centuries and affirmative action was an attempt to correct that. It didn’t. In many ways it was a disaster. In many ways it wasn’t. It’s all such a mess now, and Einstein said it best with we are not going to solve these problems with the same level of thinking that created them.
Passing, you know that book huh? I read it. I think it was even based on real life events. Not that uncommon really. It happened a lot and it was very stressful as the fear of being caught was ever present and consequences were pretty severe.