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Anti-Asian Discrimination: The Hidden Secret of Elite Educational ‘Diversity’

Posted on | October 5, 2015 | 43 Comments

The Economist reports:

Michael Wang, a young Californian, came second in his class of 1,002 students; his ACT score was 36, the maximum possible; he sang at Barack Obama’s inauguration; he got third place in a national piano contest; he was in the top 150 of a national maths competition; he was in several national debating-competition finals. But when it came to his university application he faced a serious disappointment for the first time in his glittering career. He was rejected by six of the seven Ivy League colleges to which he applied. . . .
In May this year Mr Wang joined a group of 64 Asian-American organisations that made a joint complaint to the Department of Education against Harvard, alleging racial discrimination. That follows a lawsuit filed last year against Harvard and the University of North Carolina by a group of Asian-American students making similar charges. The department rejected the claim in July, but another two complaints have since been filed by Asian-Americans, one against Harvard and one against nine other universities. . . .
It is their educational outperformance that is most remarkable: 49% of Asian-Americans have a bachelor’s degree, compared with 28% of the general population. Whereas Asian-Americans make up 5.6% of the population of the United States, according to the complaint to the Department of Education they make up more than 30% of the recent American maths and physics Olympiad teams and Presidential Scholars, and 25-30% of National Merit Scholarships. Among those offered admission in 2013 to New York’s most selective public high schools, Stuyvesant High School and Bronx High School of Science, 75% and 60% respectively were Asian. The Asian population of New York City is 13%. . . .

Read the whole thing. Creating what liberals consider “diversity” on top-tier university campuses — including leading state universities like the University of North Carolina and the University of Virginia — requires not only blatant favoritism toward black and Hispanic students, but also discrimination against groups like Asian-Americans and Jews whose superior academic achievement means there are “too many” of them at the most prestigious schools. If standardized test scores and GPA were the basis admission, there would be far more Chinese and Jewish kids at Harvard and MIT, but this would not fit liberals’ notion of “diversity.” There are many harmful consequence of the unofficial quotas at these schools, not the least of which is the resentments created among bright young people (and their parents) who realize how the playing field is being deliberately tilted in the name of “social justice.”

The academic elite is profoundly and irreparably corrupt, and this corruption has tainted the entire educational system:

The whole purpose of our education system is to indoctrinate young people with the “progressive” attitudes approved by the intellectual elite. . . .  The hiring process in academia is controlled by people who would much rather hire nudist sex maniacs than accidentally permit a Republican or a Christian to sneak onto the faculty.
Our universities today are more fanatically dedicated to the abolition of Christianity than was the Emperor Nero . . .
If your kid isn’t an atheist homosexual by the time he gets his high school diploma, the public education system has failed to achieve its intended objectives. Certainly, no elite university would be interested in normal kids. The folks who run Harvard don’t want Christian heterosexuals on campus any more than they want Republicans on the faculty. If you are raising your kids to be decent, honest and moral, you wouldn’t want them applying to an Ivy League school anyway. The elite campuses — Columbia, Penn, Brown, Princeton, etc. — now only accept the most indecent, dishonest and immoral young people.

Parents of students like Michael Wang really ought to thank God their kids didn’t get into a school like Harvard or Yale, where “progressive” decadence is the worst and all the students are indecent, dishonest and immoral, their souls forever corrupted by their association with these institutions of wickedness and injustice. Elite campuses are a latter-day Doctor Frankenstein’s lab, where the intellectual perverts on the faculty work like mad scientists, turning bright young people into monsters and Democrats (but I repeat myself).

(Hat-tip:  Antisocial Justice on Twitter.)



43 Responses to “Anti-Asian Discrimination: The Hidden Secret of Elite Educational ‘Diversity’”

  1. ArdvarkMaster
    October 5th, 2015 @ 10:03 am

    “he sang at Barack Obama’s inauguration”

    If you support those support race-based “diversity”, you get what you deserve.

  2. Fail Burton
    October 5th, 2015 @ 10:23 am

    “Diversity” is Newspeak for white racism. Anything which interferes with that myth has got to go, especially the idea that it is culture which “marginalizes” black folks or Latinos rather than white racism. Of course, the stupid irony there is the perpetual notion of cultural failure only applying to whites. Within a system of logic, white supremacists would hate Asians along with everyone else not white. Since Asians do well in America, Asians only get in the way of progressive’s Holy Grail of white guilt. Asians are inconvenient. This is the triumph of intersectionality, a cult created by people who hate whites, men and heterosexuals while claiming the exact opposite.

  3. Fail Burton
    October 5th, 2015 @ 10:27 am

    I agree. Within the SFF community, Asians are as bad as anyone when it comes to anti-white rhetoric. But they never quite measure down to blacks and whites obviously don’t buy their books once they get a taste of their racist rhetoric. They get screwed coming and going and deserve every bit of it.

  4. robertstacymccain
    October 5th, 2015 @ 10:54 am

    Social justice = hate in the name of “equality.”

  5. Adobe_Walls
    October 5th, 2015 @ 11:22 am

    Perhaps Duke is the exception, but as I sit looking out my office window at a grassy area near the quad and watch the young ladies attending here walk by, I’m struck by how many of them are Asian.

  6. RS
    October 5th, 2015 @ 11:26 am

    There are actually two issues in play here. The first is the progressive Leftist takeover of education in general. This exists across the board, though there are still very good colleges and universities where its influence is not yet as pronounced. (See, e.g. certain highly ranked public STEM universities with minimal humanities departments.)

    The second issue is that our government is stocked with an aristocratic “elite,” all of whom have attended one of a core of colleges and universities. Admission to an Ivy League school is not about education; it is about admission to the elite. Even then, admission is no guarantee, as family name, family history and wealth are worth more than personal achievement.

    It is about educational “incest.” It is about maintaining a political class of “right thinking” people. It is about the markers of social status. If you’re white, have middling high school grades and SAT scores and a criminal record, you’ll still get into Harvard if you’re related to a “Kennedy” taking the spot of a Li or Birnbaum with a 36 on your ACT and ten pages of extracurricular achievements.

    Better for parents to spend their money helping their kids get a decent education with opportunities to excel and make it on their own than spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a certificate of entitlement.

  7. RS
    October 5th, 2015 @ 11:41 am

    What’s funny is that blacks and certain segments of the Latino population refuse to believe they are being used by upper class, white, Progressive/Leftist elites as a means to attain/maintain power. They are complicit in their own subjugation following snake oil salesmen like Al Sharpton to their own ruin.

  8. Finrod Felagund
    October 5th, 2015 @ 11:53 am

    Putting an adjective on a concept noun denies the concept, as a general rule.


    Social justice is never justice.
    Economic equality never treats people as equals.
    Political science and social science are rarely scientific.

    Leftists are constantly inventing new terms along these lines, where they want a free ride on the concept noun in order to corrupt it into what they want.

  9. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    October 5th, 2015 @ 12:00 pm

    Hard to feel sympathy for a kid who helped the guy who screwed him (if not directly, at least part of the big picture).

  10. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    October 5th, 2015 @ 12:06 pm

    Asia itself is the most racist places ever But the racism is so up front and obvious and is really more about bias. Racism in Asia in any country is 1) local people, 2) what ever country you are in (those same countrymen who are not from the local region), 3) white Americans, Australians-NZ, and Europeans (provided they have money), 4) other Asians (how they stack up depends on where you are)–Japanese are usually fairly low due to resentment over WWII, they you have Russians, South Americans and Africans, and at the bottom (way way down at the bottom) are Arabs. Asians despise them.

  11. Steve Skubinna
    October 5th, 2015 @ 12:14 pm

    This is where Asians, as a group, screwed up. They bought the BS about “the American Dream,” where achievement comes from work and application, and leads to success.

    Had they confined themselves to ghettoes and stewed in ignorance, violence, crime, and abandoned strong family life, they could be slurping up all the free goodies from the paternalistic plantation overseers.

  12. Dana
    October 5th, 2015 @ 12:39 pm

    And yet Asian-Americans and American Jews will give a large majority of their votes to the party which supports Affirmative Action and the discrimination which says that there just can’t be so many of them in colleges.

  13. Dana
    October 5th, 2015 @ 12:41 pm

    There are a lot of Asian students at Penn State as well.

  14. DeadMessenger
    October 5th, 2015 @ 1:18 pm

    You’re not allowed to look at young ladies, Walls, you patriarch! Or anyone. You’re not allowed to look at anyone, ever. Now get back to work, so you have more money to hand over to those more deserving than you, which is everyone, you racist white cracker rape apologist!

  15. DeadMessenger
    October 5th, 2015 @ 1:28 pm

    You’re right, of course. And to think that some (or maybe all) of these Ivy League schools used to be considered Christian schools.

    Even though Harvard accepted me back in ’77, I probably couldn’t get in as a janitor if I wanted to these days. Because white conservative Christian = racist troublemaker.

  16. DeadMessenger
    October 5th, 2015 @ 1:32 pm

    Indeed. I guess they’re not so smart after all. It’s all about book learnin’ with them, which means they’re getting a good indoctrination, rather than education, in their childhood and teens.

  17. Adobe_Walls
    October 5th, 2015 @ 2:42 pm

    They keep telling me that but it simply does no good.

  18. Dana
    October 5th, 2015 @ 2:48 pm

    “Asians are inconvenient.” For the left, that’s absotively, posilutely true . . . except at the ballot box.

  19. Daniel Freeman
    October 5th, 2015 @ 2:58 pm

    Well, then Asians have good sense. There’s bad neighbors, and then there’s wannabe tyrants. If you care about your own people and culture, then the latter is worse.

  20. Southern Air Pirate
    October 5th, 2015 @ 3:00 pm

    Just a comment that just like there are “good” Hispanics and “bad” Hispanics when the left talks of “Hispanic” in immigration. Try and tell a Puerto Rican they are in the same group as Mexican or Guatemalan or Columbian is the same as a Brazilian. There are “good” Asians and “bad” Asians in the left and it’s subdivision of races. The bad ones are the Koreans, Chinese, Japanese, Taiwanese. The good ones are from SE Asia (Vietnamese, Laotian, Burmese, Malay, Indonesian) they also group Polynesian as Asians for the most part even though again telling a Filipino that they are the same race as a Japanese is like telling a Greek is a Turk or a Turk a Greek. So if this guy was Hawaiian, Somoian, Filipino, or from one of the tribes out of the Central Pacific or South Pacific. It would have been on easy street for the student in question to get into harvard or another Ivy League school.

    Oh and didn’t we already have this discussion ealier this year? About who is more entitled amongst the minority quota systems that the left has created by a gentleman’s agreement?

  21. Daniel Freeman
    October 5th, 2015 @ 3:06 pm

    Obligatory link to the evergreen article, How the Asians became white.

  22. Fail Burton
    October 5th, 2015 @ 3:36 pm

    I’ve spent a lot of time in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia and I’ve never experienced anything like racism. They’re friendly folks and live and let live types.

  23. Steve Skubinna
    October 5th, 2015 @ 3:38 pm

    A “bad” Hispanic would be a Cuban living in Miami, because he doesn’t *heart* Fidel and Raoul. Conversely, a “good” Hispanic would be the hapless Cuban still struck in that Stalinist hellhole, because he’s “authentic” and gets all the spiffy Commie benefits.

  24. ErikEssig
    October 5th, 2015 @ 4:09 pm

    I don’t think discrimination against Jews is nearly as blatant as the discrimination against asians. And if you’re looking for underrepresented groups at the Ivies, look at white Gentiles. See Ron Unz’s piece which touches on it in a long piece here:

  25. Prime Director
    October 5th, 2015 @ 4:23 pm

    I don’t need to diagram/truth table this muhfuh to know its wrong; still:

    1. Standardized tests designed, written and administered by whites are culturally biased against non-whites

    2. Culturally biased standardized tests produce lower average scores for non-whites than for whites

    3. Average standardized test scores for blacks and latinos are significantly lower than average standardized test scores for whites

    4. Blacks and latinos are non-white

    5. Average standardized test scores for asians are NOT significantly lower than average standardized test scores for whites

    6. Therefore, asians are not non-white

    7. Not non-white = white

    8. Asians are white

  26. Quartermaster
    October 5th, 2015 @ 5:34 pm

    Philippinos are not Polynesian, they are of Malay stock and are Asian.

  27. Quartermaster
    October 5th, 2015 @ 5:36 pm

    At the bottom of his daily posts Jerry Pournelle posts the following axiom:

    Free People are not equal and equal people are not free.

  28. Southern Air Pirate
    October 5th, 2015 @ 5:38 pm

    Yea. I forgot to edit my sentence structure to make that break. Still the idea stands.

  29. Quartermaster
    October 5th, 2015 @ 5:38 pm

    You know crackers is racist. Joos, gays and blacks are for tolerance.

  30. Quartermaster
    October 5th, 2015 @ 5:39 pm

    S’ok. I sometimes drop characters at the end of words. Just ask Diane.

  31. Quartermaster
    October 5th, 2015 @ 5:41 pm

    There’s something about those young coeds that is highly addictive to us patriarchs.

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  33. mole
    October 5th, 2015 @ 6:09 pm

    What it boils down to is culture trumping race, but the modern left not wanting to even acknowledge culture as a factor.

    Take 2 groups considered ‘clannish”, where family ties are supposed to be extremely strong.
    Jewish: Can call on family for assistance (within reason), values education, will assist group members, strongly self policing for aberrant behaviour.

    Aboriginal: Can demand family assistance (with little limits), education discouraged, sport is preferred, will bludge off family members, will actively celebrate aberrant behaviour.

    Thats got bugger all to do with intelligence/race and everything to do with norms within those 2 groups.

    Heres an example of “poor man” thinking ive seen in customers households.
    Single mother 3 kids, asks me for help (Im a sucker for hard luck types) as she has no food, in the end i get assistance from a local church group.
    She explains what happens regularly.
    In the Aboriginal extended family group anyone can come and help themselves to he pantry if they need to, so shopping for the fortnight means bludgers turning up and eating you out of house and home within 2 days like a swarm of locusts. To avoid that it means shopping for only what you need each day or living on takeaway food/instant consumption.
    Its considered more offensive to say “no i need the food for my kids” than it is to unashamedly eat all the kids food.

    One old lady used to use my business as her “bank” and make direct deposits to be thousands of dollars in ‘credit’ to me which she could get back off me at any time.
    Because no older person in the community goes to an auto-teller machine alone, and if you have money showing then you should share it. Bouncing money to me to hold was the easiest way for her to save.

    Culture, always and in every instance culture matters far more than race (95% to 5%)

  34. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    October 5th, 2015 @ 6:13 pm

    Racism is too strong a word for it. My experience is Asians think there is nothing wrong at all in the categorization of people. Most Thais would put Thais first (something I understand and agree with). A polite western person is ranked fairly high (commiserate with their age and class status) (so I assume you have been treated well in Thailand).

    If you were some rude Arab who wanted to abuse Thai girls (for example)…well that get’s treated differently. Yeah, money talks, but there is definitely a reputation that Arabs have in that part of the world. I have heard it from Indonesians too.

  35. Finrod Felagund
    October 5th, 2015 @ 6:26 pm

    When I worked at Purdue, I had a second-floor office with a window that looked directly out onto one of the main entrance-points into campus from the dorms. It definitely had some nice views in the warmer months. Being a large public university, Asians didn’t seem over-represented amongst the undergrads, but hoo boy did they make up for that in the grad schools.

  36. Daniel O'Brien
    October 5th, 2015 @ 7:03 pm

    I was a technical manager for a Fortune 500 tech company in the 80’s. We got a memo from down on high that we were to no longer hire any more Asian-American employees as we had reached our “quota” so this phenomenon isn’t new.

  37. Matt_SE
    October 5th, 2015 @ 7:36 pm

    I’m in an Asian Pacific American Studies class right now, and all the evidence is from pre-1930. There’s discrimination against Asians in America right now, but the Communist sympathizer woman who teaches the class never brings it up.
    The single worst class I’ve ever taken.

  38. wiffle
    October 5th, 2015 @ 8:10 pm

    How are you doing that? I made it through the system, but I was a young, clueless liberal rather than the old, clueless, conservative I am now. I’m not sure I could submit even to business/accounting courses for fear of putting some form of the wrong academia in charge of my time. I’m impressed.

  39. BozoerRebbe
    October 6th, 2015 @ 6:27 pm

    In 1946, my father was refused admission to Cornell’s veterinary school because, as the letter put it, “we have enough of your kind”. As a Jew he wasn’t considered enough of a white European. Today his grandchildren and great grandchildren can be denied admission to the same school because they’re considered to be too white and too European.

  40. Matt_SE
    October 6th, 2015 @ 6:42 pm

    Don’t be impressed. I’m on my way to a low C.
    The only saving grace is that my prose is much more sophisticated when I tell her she’s full of shit.

  41. wiffle
    October 6th, 2015 @ 7:08 pm

    Lol! I’m impressed you’re even doing it and holding down a passing grade. I’ll start countless business before I’ll some prof tell me what I should read and think again. (And pay for the previlege)

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