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Friday, January 28, 2022

NYT finally opposes Harvard's racism

The Supreme Court's announcement that it will hear the case against Harvard's anti-Asian discrimination has lefties throwing in the towel. They know that affirmative action is terrible, racist and unconstitutional.

Unconstitutional acts result in failure because the Constitution is an excellent guide for good legislation. Ignoring the Constitution gave us separate-but-equal and 60 million aborted babies.

Affirmative action -- giving people preference based on their sex or color -- began in the 1970s. Colleges began lowering their standards for admission for black applicants. They said this was temporary discrimination to make up for past discrimination.

Its victims turned out to be Asian-Americans who worked hard, got good grades and were rejected because of the color of their skin.

The New York Times finally admitted this in a column by Jay Caspian Kang, "It’s Time for an Honest Conversation About Affirmative Action."

That time was 40 years ago but no one dares call out lefty racism because of the risk of being called racist. Now one step ahead of the Supreme Court, NYT finally calls for a conversation.

By conversation, the left means lecturing everyone else.

After labeling the plaintiff's lawyer, Edmund Blum, as a racist, Kang wrote, "But it’s also important to assess the specifics of the Harvard case. When excised from the context of Blum’s crusade, they reveal a profoundly broken system that relies on obfuscation and misdirection, especially when it comes to the treatment of Asian applicants.

"Did Harvard discriminate against Asian students?

"This is a question with a both complicated and simple answer. On the one hand, proving that Harvard violated the legal standards set by earlier Supreme Court rulings on affirmative action is difficult, given both the amorphous nature of the admissions process and the intricacy and various contradictions in the law. As it stands now, colleges are allowed to consider the race of an applicant, but only to a limited extent and not in a way that resembles a quota system."

The Ivy League schools have a long history of capping enrollment for minorities. Harvard and others were quietly anti-Semitic in rejecting Jewish students in the 1920s and 1930s. They had to go to "lesser" schools. City College of New York (now CUNY) produced 12 Nobel laureates because of this.

Asian-Americans have Caltech.

The weather may be nicer in Pasadena, but racism should not go unchallenged and Edmund Blum dares to challenge it.

One of the ways Harvard rejects Asian-Americans is by weighing a student's likeability. If you dislike Asian-Americans, guess what? You give them low likeability scores.

It's like the Democrat Party's literacy tests to keep black people from voting in the South throughout the early 20th century.

But eventually the absurdity of racism ended the practice. And so it must end likeability scores and other nonsense. 

NYT threw in the towel. Kang wrote, "At elite schools, affirmative action mostly serves an increasingly ethnically varied group of wealthy students and their families. As a result, the narrative around diversity in these places has been reduced to pure racial representation, which, while important enough, does not exactly fulfill the social mission that most people think is inherent to any affirmative action program — helping students whose families have suffered under generations of white supremacy. Anti-Asian discrimination, which I believe to be as clear as day, is one of the byproducts of all this balancing and weighting and obfuscation.

"Schools like Harvard have no one to blame but themselves. Their flimsy approach to 'diversity' and their desire to stay as academically exclusive as possible have created an indefensible system of racial nonsense that demeans not only its Asian and black applicants, but everyone else who has to play this absurd game.

"This, I believe, would be the honest starting point for conversations about affirmative action at elite schools."

The conversation should go like this: No.

Diversity reduces people to their color or their sex. It dehumanizes people. No more discrimination against Asian-Americans, whites, Hispanics, blacks, Indians or any other group.

36 comments:

  1. I wonder if Harvard uses race to determine who gets recruited for sports? Is it the best athletes they can find or does race play a role in it?
    And if they just go by ability and some grades, then they should do that for academics as well.
    Of course, if the athletes can barely read or write, they go to Alabama or Ohio State.

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    1. My understanding is that the Ivys have tended to have "bins" for different categories - and "athletes" have a special bin into which they can be put and then fast-tracked in if the coaches deem a candidate to be needed on a team. They use bins for athletes, legacies, and "diversity" (sic) candidates. Problem is that there aren't many unbinned slots left.

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    2. Race plays a role on everything.

      But there are only so many black 1400 SAT scorers, just as there are only so many black scullers or black hockey players. And all the other ivies are also begging those kids to come because the demand far exceeds the supply.

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    3. If any athlete attends on an athletic scholarship - no matter what the sport - they have unlimited access to "tutors" to ensure they don't fail. All the professors know they are on athletic scholarship and ensure they don't fail.

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    4. Snowgander, my grandson is one of three goalies on the Yale Bulldogs hockey team.
      The roster is very white and with many Canadian boys on it.
      No Asians, blacks, or visible minorities that I can see.

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  2. This diversity thinking at elite colleges and universities is not much different than the diversity thinking of Biden in his manner of choosing the next supreme court justice.

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  3. racist racist racist
    hater, antisemitic, anti-vaxxer, Holocaust-denier, global warming-denier

    I have no respect for people who throw around these words. They are used to label people and shut down debate. Debate the issues and stop the name-calling.

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  4. Thomas has been waiting for a chance at this. That Roberts could not deflect this case away shows Thomas is going to get his wish to drive the last vestiges of state sanctioned discrimination out of existence. Affirmative action has its own sordid history, and a just society had they even embarked on it would have eliminated it in the 90's. When I hear the new racist democrats speak about institutional racism, I note that, yes, there is one relic of racism still practiced and preferred by the state. Affirmative action is it. It has of course hurt Americans of Asian descent. It has also resulted in Americans of African descent being place in academic arenas they were unqualified to fill, and their resulting failure slowed down the building up of educational attainment in the black community.

    I want the court to take up the executive order on affirmative action in general and punt it into the dustbin of history.

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    1. I know! LibCommies should make Asians answer how many bubbles are in a bar of soap before they let them into Harvard!!!

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  5. Last paragraph captures the purpose of diversity quotas -- dehumanize everyone so that we are all subservient to the State Master, some more subservient than others.

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  6. "By conversation, the left means lecturing everyone else."

    So much truth in one simple sentence.

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  7. Finding Affirmative Action unconstitutional would make all of that diversity, inclusion, and equity vulnerable, along with CRT.

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  8. If Antonin Scalia were still alive, I would like to read his sarcastic 14th Amendment analysis of "likeability scores" as exceptions to equal protection of the laws.

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  9. They could get around calling it Affirmative Action by simply admitting more students of female only households... Probably get more blacks enrolled that way. It is what's destroyed the black community but no one dare mention that

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  10. "Its victims turned out to be Asian-Americans who worked hard, got good grades and were rejected because of the color of their skin."

    That's true, but another large-but-less-visible set of victims has been talented-but-non-elite whites; the "elite" whites have the money and the connections to work around all the nonsense - and thus also get to block potential competition from more-talented but less-connected whites while doing so.

    (BTW, while we're on this topic, what ever happened to so-called "age discrimination," which I first encountered as cub engineer c. 1988 and which was defined at discrimination against anyone 40 and older? Funny how that was invented then - gee, which demographic was starting to hit 40 in 1988, and wanted protection so that younger people couldn't do to them what they had just finished doing to older people...)

    "By conversation, the left means lecturing everyone else."

    Note how this is alien, imported, marxist-leninist b.s. "Discussion" means a "discussion" of how much enthusiasm we should all show for the bright enlightening light of The Party (TM) - because The Party (TM) is the embodiment of the true will of the people.

    "One of the ways Harvard rejects Asian-Americans is by weighing a student's likeability." The juvenality of this is rather irritating; let's continue the moronic high school popularity contests into college, and make them part of official policy! (As others have noted, this is also, um, unconstitutional.) Funny also how leftists always need to "adjust" reality, as it rarely corresponds to their goofy worldview; "likeability score" sounds a great deal like the "adjustments" made to temperature data so as to "find" "global warming"...

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  11. "Diversity reduces people to their color or their sex. It dehumanizes people. No more discrimination against Asian-Americans, whites, Hispanics, blacks, Indians or any other group."

    In 1970's vernacular, RIGHT ON! Don.

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  12. The SCOTUS did not one day wake up and decided to ask these schools to use race. They already were and were proscribed, in the most pathetic way, from doing so. With Sandra Day’s - Rodney King-esque — wish of not needing it in 25 years.
    So Kant is a history denying moron.

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  13. If you don't like Asians eating your lunch, stop importing them. How many Chinese students are here as spies? America started importing lots of groups that were never considered because of their cultural incompatibility. Exactly the same time the Civil Rights Laws were passed. Did the left enact "immigration reform" to continue to keep blacks at the back of the line? Sure looks that way doesn't it. All the resources that could have gone towards past injustices are now being lavished on other groups. We could have paid every last black in 1965 reparations and still have a ton left over if we hadn't begun to import the world.

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  14. You mentioned literacy tests for voters. I did some door knocking for a local election some years ago and it was really eye opening. I'd say 80% of the people I talked to had no idea who the incumbent was and who was running against him, and they knew absolutely nothing about any of the issues involved. I had to wonder why these people should have a say in the outcome of the election. Maybe some minimum requirement to vote wasn't such a bad idea.

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    1. You are so right! There are so many out there who shouldn't be voting because they have no idea of what is going on, yet they feel they have to. They aren't watching MSNBC or CNN or reading the MSM papers, but form an opinion from campaign ads on TV and radio. Ultimately, they vote because they feel they have to. The lady who cuts my hair had no idea of the conditions in San Francisco or LA. When I told her, she was appalled. I don't think she votes either. She is not alone!

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  15. Liberals have been attacking meritocracy for years. I was an assistant professor in 1989 when I encountered a female postdoctoral fellow who informed me about her own personal biases. First, she said that men should not be allowed to pursue research in the area of reproductive biology. When I asked her why, she said it was because we could not reproduce. I assumed that she meant that we could not give birth. Her reasoning was a rather narrow view of reproduction, and certainly inconsistent with the facts. Secondly, she said that universities should stop hiring any more male faculty until there were an equal number of men and women faculty members. I perceived that she was informing me that I should never have been hired, nor should I ever be allowed to engage in studies in reproductive biology. My guess is that today there are more female than male investigators in this area of research. I advised my male children to avoid academia like the plague. Thankfully they took my advice and now have very successful careers.

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  16. Not to mention we end up with SCOTUS justices such as Kagan and Sotomayor.

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  17. Don - When I was at a Big 10 state university in the late 60's blacks were admitted without regard to grades because they were "culturally deprived". Likewise, they could not get a grade below D because they were "culturally deprived".

    It started in the '60's. Renamed as "affirmative action" in the '70's.

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  18. Since we are being brutally honest here it's time to call out Ivy League and other elite schools for what they really are: snob schools. You can get a first class education at a number of schools not in the group previously mentioned. But it isn't just an education that people want from Harvard or Yale. They want that diploma because that is what it's all about. You get elite marketing and membership in the ring knocker club with it. And that fact, the selling of diploma's, is what makes the cost of these schools so high and out of reach for some many worthy applicants. Harvard and some other top teer shcools could allow students to attend for free for years based on the amount of value they have accrued in their Foundations. Billions of dollars. Screw the Ivy League schools and other elite snob schools. They have abused enough students to last a lifetime.

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  19. Since we are being brutally honest here it's time to call out Ivy League and other elite schools for what they really are: snob schools. You can get a first class education at a number of schools not in the group previously mentioned. But it isn't just an education that people want from Harvard or Yale. They want that diploma because that is what it's all about. You get elite marketing and membership in the ring knocker club with it. And that fact, the selling of diploma's, is what makes the cost of these schools so high and out of reach for some many worthy applicants. Harvard and some other top teer shcools could allow students to attend for free for years based on the amount of value they have accrued in their Foundations. Billions of dollars. Screw the Ivy League schools and other elite snob schools. They have abused enough students to last a lifetime.

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  21. The Asian phenomenon in education in the US, the over-representation of Asians relative to their per capita demographic representation, is not particularly well understood. It's most often ascribed to Asian "genius," translated as "high IQ," when it's at best just hard work. Its neither the result of any IQ factor or particularly hard work, more importantly, the high representation of Asians is the result of distinct cultural phenomena that make up the Asian experience. Most Asians don't seem to particularly aware of this. You'll usually hear "Asians value education," which is the standard non-answer that doesn't really address the question at all.

    The Asian education obsession traces back to several distinctive factors. Foremost is the role that bureaucracy has played in Asian culture. Through most of Northeast Asia, government bureaucrats were selected via rigorous written exams, normally impossible to pass but for select few (sound familiar?). There rewards on the other end of the exam were.... permanent elevation in class status; all the associated bennies of status, title, wealth and of course influence and power.

    While feudalism reigned supreme in the West well into the 16th century, Western literacy was mostly rooted in the church. It was not uncommon for Western aristocracy to be illiterate, or barely literate, which was anathema to Asian elites. So you could be an illiterate bumpkin knight in Germany or Holland or France and still make out handsomely if you could cleave skulls and collect the local taxes.

    The second unique cultural component to this equation is the rigidity of social hierarchies in Asia. Wealth and status accrued to aristocracy, not many opportunities for artisans, trades people to accrue much of either, while, like in the West, most people were peasant farmers.

    So you can see the rudimentary push-pull factors at play. Push-pull factors which started to disappear in the West through a variety of developments which can best be summed up as increasingly less rigid social hierarchies, the gradual decline of aristocracy, even... rebellion... the rise of merchant class... wealthy landed farmers.... highly skilled artisans... trade guilds.... meaning... there were many avenues to achieve wealth and status in the West that were not available in Asia. It was royal exams... or a life of servitude.

    So you have this varied bag.... Westerners value learning.... we are as likely to hold trades crafts people in high esteem. And have... for centuries. So... becoming a tradesman in any trade was a viable path to social status, and wealth. One didn't just have to sit for an annual state exam that was selecting top bureaucrats for high govt posts because you had memorized 3,000 poems.

    The additional factor to the Asian experience is the primacy of... rote learning. And this traces its origins straight back to those civil service exams.

    Lastly, the other component in the equation, the gamesmanship factor. Over the course of hundreds of years in every Asian country with these civil service exams, elaborate gamesmanship rituals evolved to attempt to game the system for entry.

    The high rate of applications by Asians is a result of these varied push-pull factors. Because... America is at the center of a global trade empire.... those elites in the periphery.... see how open or system is and understand implicitly that our system is gameable.... so Asian elites by the hundreds of thousands have come swarming to the US with the specific purpose of sticking their kids in our schools.... because ironically.... our model fits within their paradigm of rapidly scaling the social ladder to wealth, status and power, at the core of the empire.

    And... we let them. What we're really doing is undermining the Western tradition of egalitarianism.... reinforcing the idea of elites... aristocracy... anointed special people.... and stripping our own cultural heritage by importing Asian eugenicists by the hundreds of thousands.

    And so on.

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  22. I used to think a Harvard MBA was the gold standard. Then I leaned that very few CEOs of Fortune 500 firms held MBAs from Harvard. Of those that held MBAs, few were from the Ivy League.

    Now, I also know Ivy League diplomas in business and law are more for entrance into gubment careers and not the world of capitalism. They are propaganda mills.

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  23. More white students are discriminated against than Asians. If conservatives refuse to mention how white US citizens are harmed by the democrats and leftists affirmative action policies and employers able to violate US employment and visa laws, as Steve Bannon now does only focusing on employment etc for Hispanics and blacks then be prepared to lose the majority of voters. After President Trump at the request of Ivanka and her democrat husband started only talking about black and Hispanics needs he lost the support of the white blue collar workers, like steel workers, miners, factory workers etc.. they felt betrayed and you saw it online. They did not resent him talking about Hispanics and blacks, but they resented the lies that there were more of them suffering when that isn’t true. More white Americans have lost jobs, are discriminated against while seeking new jobs, have a harder time getting into good colleges despite having great grades etc.. either stop bending to the left in their demands that discrimination against whites be ignored or enjoy your time losing the majority of your base because you take them for granted

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  24. Let's obliterate 100% of the hypocrisy, instantly. From now on, if your parents went to an Ivy League school, you're automatically in, even if you don't apply. Everyone else goes to Brooklyn College, you stinkin' plebes. But not before we cash your $100 application fee that is necessary for a rejection letter. Sorry, $100 and a self-address envelope with a stamp on it, you bloody losers.

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