Saturday, March 22, 2014

Asian Americans defeat affirmative action

The (chinese) tiger mother pride defeats the California Democratic machine.

That said congratulations are premature. As far as Asian Americans are concerned, the problem of being whiter than whites is that one day the whites will get wise and ask: dude where is my uni seat? That day may have been postponed but it is coming. Proportional representation (aka quotas) is a powerful weapon in the hands of the less privileged (as also seen in India). Be very afraid.

And as far as black/hispanic pressure groups the real target was falling populations at UC Berkeley and UCLA. However they ignore (perhaps intentionally) that the famous two are now admitting more poor students and that is a worthy target as well.

Democrats in California are in a state of shock at the defeat of their effort to reinstate racial preferences in university admissions....The state Senate approved a measure 27-9 to ask voters in November to overturn the ban. Little did it expect the backlash that ensued.

California's politically sleepy Asian-American community, in defiance of its own civil rights leaders, mounted a massive grassroots campaign to kill the measure. It made phone calls, wrote letters, blanketed the airwaves. Ultimately, not only did the Assembly abandon the proposal, but three Asian senators who originally supported the measure reversed themselves.

The liberal idea of racial justice is proportional representation under which each group is represented in proportion to its population at universities and other institutions. The whole point of scrapping Prop 209 is to hand university officials the power to ignore student test scores and grades to create a more balanced student body based on racial criteria.

Setting aside the moral objections to putting groups rather than individuals at the heart of a scheme of social justice, such racial balancing is profoundly at odds with Asian-American interests. They represent the single largest ethnic group among the University of California's 173,000 undergraduates. They form about 14 percent of the Golden State's population, but in 2008, they constituted 40 percent of the student body at University of California, Los Angeles, and 43 percent at University of California, Berkeley -- California's most selective public universities -- as well as 50 percent at University of California, San Diego and 54 percent at University of California, Irvine. They had an admission rate of 73 percent compared to 63 percent of all in-state applicants last year.

Trying to perform a racial balancing act in a country that was neatly divided into two groups -- the white discriminators and the black discriminated -- was one thing. But pulling it off in a diverse country with diverse groups with diverse histories and diverse interests is quite another. 


1 comment:

  1. Again, this article is based on a misunderstanding of reality. Admission to colleges is based on selecting a smaller and smaller subset of higher performing individuals. Consistently, Hispanic and Black (Non Asian Minorities) have very small percentages that performed at outstanding levels, sufficient enough to be admitted to college.So, as the cutoff levels for admission to higher selectivity UCs has risen, while the cognitive ability of various racial populations is the same. With the removal of lower cutoffs for NAMs, they will be admitted at lower numbers to higher ranked UCs, and be admitted in higher numbers at lower ranked UCs and Cal States. This situation will be favorable to the graduation rates of the minorities, even if their percentages at the elite institutions will be lower than the population percentages.

    People from India are prone to compare with India, where the backward classes perform academically better or equal to most forward castes. As such, reservations for backward classes is nothing more than a political ploy for votes. Strictly speaking, the situation for reservation for SC/ST is comparable, as, in India, reservation for SC/ST has not improved the educational outcome of the populations. Unlike India, the less elite school of the US provide academics comparable to the elite schools. UC Davis and UC Santacruz provide the same education as UC Berkeley.