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Multiculturalism, "Tolerance" and "Diversity":
Among other things, multiculturalism seeks to obliterate the value of a free, industrialized
civilization by declaring that such a civilization is no better than primitive
13 Ways To Combat Snarky,
Mainstream Immigration Arguments. [#4] Multi-Cultural Leftist: Our diversity is our strength!
You: It wasn't for Yugoslavia or Rwanda or Northern Ireland. Sometimes, it's a deep source of conflict that leads
to bigger and bigger government and fewer freedoms. Look at how Western European countries are turning into police
states to manage all their fresh new "diversity." There weren't always checkpoints on London Bridge, you know.
Run Amok in America. The social consensus pushed by the media and the culture at large has placed some sort of practical value
on "diversity" in many industries in regard to inconsequential things like race, sex, or sexual preference, and has somehow forced those
inconsequential things as viable considerations in the hiring process to create a workforce more "diverse" in those things that shouldn't
matter. It's often viewed as a "progressive," or even "centrist," thing to promote this line of thought. But hiring someone
who is less practically qualified to do a job would hardly be viewed as "progress" in any reasonable sense. His team that he manages
might be made more colorful by his hypothetical decision, but it would not be more productive or competitive for his having done so.
The Pox of
Multiculturalism. What the left calls "multiculturalism" is actually the systematic destruction of cultures and the
replacement of these cultures by a synthetic, artificial, and meaningless global culture. When the left talks about "diversity,"
it really means the crushing of differences in thought, values, and art into a sort of baby food which neither nourishes the soul or
elevates the mind. This is because cultural differences are based on geography and exist in nations and regions rather than
in the nonsensical "global" community. Indeed, there are cultural differences within most nations of any size that reflect
the differences within parts of a nation.
Reject the Diversity
Mandate. Sometimes meritocracy will yield diversity; sometimes it won't. The point is that it doesn't
matter. Diversity should not be an end in itself; excellence is the goal. Rejecting the primacy of diversity
constitutes a head-on assault on the received wisdom of Washington and elite American culture. [...] Treating people the same
way regardless of their race or sex used to be considered the definition of fairness; now it is understood to be vicious
Bar Requires Lawyer Pledge To "Promote Equality". The Ontario bar association has adopted a rule under which
all lawyers "must prepare and submit a personal 'Statement of Principles' attesting that we value and promote equality,
diversity and inclusion," according to Bruce Pardy in the National Post, who says it's a bad idea.
lawyers resist mandatory promote-equality pledge. Lakehead University law faculty member Ryan Alford has filed
a challenge to the new Ontario bar rule requiring all lawyers to prepare and submit personal "Statement of Principles"
avowing their support for equality, diversity, and inclusion. The rules have drawn fire across Canada as compelled
speech, but the bar association turned down a request that individual lawyers be allowed exemptions if they believe the
requirement violates their conscience.
The Scourge of Multiculturalism.
The argument made by immigration and refugee enthusiasts, namely that the Western democracies were founded and settled by
immigrants and therefore should continue to welcome newcomers, is valid only to a point. In the course of time the
original settlers created a national identity, a sense of communal membership in a common world unified by custom and
law. It is that identity that should be preserved. [...] To say "we are a nation of immigrants," then, is
immaterial. We are now a nation of citizens. Skilled immigrants, properly screened and taking into account real
domestic needs, should be part of the country's future, but not in multiples that threaten to dilute a nation's internal
cohesion, not from backward countries whose inhabitants are all too often uneducated, illiterate and functionally
unassimilable, and certainly not from parts of the world — in particular, the Islamic world — whose
history, culture, theology and politics have ranged it against everything that Western civilization comprises.
Impending Death of Multiculturalism. We are all familiar with the Democratic Party gambit of packing the
electorate with poor, third-world immigrants, all but guaranteed to vote for the party who offers them a living on the
taxpayers' largesse. While progressives still roll their eyes at the suggestion that this is why third-world
immigration has been encouraged — the point is no longer even worth arguing. The fact that this immigration
policy has, for many decades, had the effect of moving the country to the left is uncontestable.
and Manipulation: The American Virtues. "My biggest flaw and strength," says James Damore, "may be that I
see things very differently than normal." This simple sentence reveals the essence of our fraying social fabric.
For Damore's "strength" — his rare ability to think for himself and exercise independent judgment —
naturally leads to conflict with the majority, who, in their stupidity and weakness, must deem his virtue a "flaw," a sign
that he is not "normal." For most people — those bundles of herd affect — "truth," as they can
understand it, is nothing but a means for their personal interests, which are mostly material and, beyond that, trivial.
Hence their utter inability to understand a man like James Damore and their natural disdain for any principled truth-teller.
The former chess prodigy is now blacklisted from the big tech companies, despite having, in the language of the corporate rabble,
a proven track record of success as a software engineer. In the Guardian article from which I have quoted, we learn that
Damore was diagnosed with a mild form of autism in his mid-20s. Paul Lewis, the liberal author of this subtle hatchet job,
based — where else — in San Francisco, describes Damore's first failure to submit to the diversity idol.
college removes portraits of white men to promote diversity, then re-installs them. The head of one of Yale
University's residential colleges said this week that he was misinterpreted when he announced that portraits of his white
male predecessors would be taken down. In a Nov. 1 email to students, Pierson College head Stephen Davis wrote that
the portraits, which were initially removed to make space for the college's annual Halloween dance, would not immediately be put
back up as customary.
A Foundation of Nonsense. It seems today that Western societies are
painfully re-learning things that were common knowledge a few generations ago. The old axiom, fences make good neighbors, was replaced with "diversity
is our strength." Every time a swarthy fellow blows up in the public square, we inch a bit closer to the realization that diversity is a
nightmare. That's the part we see. The part we don't see, at least not yet, is the crumbling of the foundation stones of the modern West.
Is Our Terror. New York City is an incredibly diverse place. Here, an Uzbek Muslim immigrant in on a visa
diversity lottery can run over Argentinian tourists, an Egyptian-Palestinian Muslim can shoot a Danish musician on the
observation deck of the Empire State Building, Saudi Muslims can fly planes into the World Trade Center killing people from
77 countries, an Afghan Muslim can plant pressure cooker bombs in Chelsea, a Lebanese Muslim can open fire on a van of Jewish
students and a Pakistani-Kuwaiti and Iraqi Muslim can bomb the World Trade Center. Truly, diversity is our
terror. Nationally, the perpetrators and plotters of Islamic terrorism in just the last ten years have included
Pakistanis (San Bernardino, Garland, UC Merced), Chechens (Boston Marathon bombing), Afghans (Orlando shootings), Somalis
(Portland Christmas Tree bomb plot, Minnesota mall stabbing, Ohio State Car Ramming, Columbus Machete Attack), Palestinians
(Fort Hood, Chattanooga recruitment shootings) and Iraqis (Bowling Green plot). That's a whole lot of diversity.
And it's killing us.
need to turn Japanese. Japan is an island. The people do not believe in nor want cultural diversity.
I greatly respect that. It is a survival mechanism that thus far has avoided a 9/11 or being overrun by hordes of
rapists. The Japanese look at the rest of the world and double down.
Destroy a Nation. If you want to destroy a nation, you find a way to denigrate its belief in itself.
Smear its founders. Belittle its accomplishments. Pillory it for failing to live up to its ideals. Mock its
most sacred traditions. Deride its heroes. In the end, you will no longer have a nation, but only a collection of
tribes, who occupy the same space but share no common concepts. There is nothing to unify them. In other words,
you will be able to pinpoint that country with geographical data, but you will not find a national people.
Agent: Secret Service Lowered Standards In Pursuit Of Diversity. As the U.S. Secret Service sought
greater diversity in its ranks, the agency lowered its standards, former agent Dan Bongino says in a new book on the inner
workings of the government agency assigned to protect the President of the United States. This accusation has led to a
war of words between the former agent and the agency he used to work for. The lowering of standards has been ongoing
since at least "the early 2000s," according to the book.
Professor who called diversity training a
'waste' resigns after dean punishes him. A Duke University Divinity School professor who called diversity
training a "waste" of time has resigned after disciplinary proceedings were launched against him and he was barred by his
dean from faculty meetings. At issue is a February email in which Professor Paul Griffiths advised his colleagues not
to bother with a proffered volunteer diversity training, called "Racial Equity Institute Phase I Training." Slated for March,
it would work to ensure the divinity school is "equitable and anti-racist in its practices and culture," according to the
invite. "I exhort you not to attend this training," Griffiths stated in his Feb. 6 listserv reply to his peers.
"Don't lay waste your time by doing so. It'll be, I predict with confidence, intellectually flaccid: there'll be
bromides, clichés, and amen-corner rah-rahs in plenty."
Professor Resigned Rather Than Go to Diversity Training. Uh-oh, a "training" session. Anyone who's ever
worked for an entity with a human resources department knows what that's going to be like: two very, very long days of
"workshops" in which overpaid "training" hucksters — sorry, I meant consultants — haul out the
PowerPoint slides and waste your time with yada-yada about multiculturalism, structural racism, microagressions, and whatever
else is in the social-justice-warrior weapons cache these days. [...] So this is what you're being strongly urged to
attend. And we all know what "strongly urged" means: Show up or you will pay the price.
The End of Diversity. [Scroll down] Eventually,
of course, the Progs figured out that this was a loser so they moved onto celebrating diversity. Unlike tolerance or
sensitivity, diversity has the benefit of putting everyone on the same level. One race is as good as another. Men
and women can do all the same things. All cultures are the same. Modern life was going to be a celebration of the
beauty and variety of life! Well, except the white parts. [...] The internal incoherence of multiculturalism means that
they will forever have to be dashing about in an effort to keep the plates spinning. One day we're celebrating
diversity and the next day we're stoning a heretic for noting that people are different.
Diversity: where every type of person is accepted but one.
Kicked Out of 'Multicultural Playgroup' Because She's Caucasian. Tara Coverdale took her two small
children — an 8-month-old and a 4-year-old — to an inner city park in Sydney, Australia to play
recently, only to be told she's not welcomed there. "I'm sorry you can't come here," a worker from Alexandria Park
Community Centre told her. "It's a multicultural playgroup. Can I ask what your cultural background is?" Well,
Coverdale is white, Australian, has blonde hair, and freckles. This didn't help her cause with the "multicultural police."
The King of Hatefacts.
[Scroll down] Even the sane elements of the backlash were wrong. The Federalist claimed he should have focused on
culture and not race because it's not more white people we need, it's more Westerners. This is a beautiful notion and I
fully agree with it, but here on earth, we're not taking in immigrants who want to assimilate. In fact, we are openly
encouraging immigrants not to assimilate. Public school teachers have dedicated their careers to eradicating patriotism
and teaching our children how cruel and unusual we have been throughout history. Politicians are knowingly avoiding
immigrants who assimilate and focusing on ones who will antagonize the native population. This is especially true in
Britain, where Tony Blair's speechwriter conceded as much. Look at the London bombings. They were all radicalized
in Britain. One of them was a Jamaican who grew up in Bradford, where the Muslim population is booming. Since the
bombings, London has elected a Muslim mayor who proudly exclaims, "Immigrants shouldn't have to assimilate." Here in
America we have the Tsarnaev brothers, who grew up reading comic books and watching sports; but after years of being told
America [is bad], they began to believe their relatives back in Chechnya. Then they blew us up.
the Executive Order — And Replace It With Many Tougher Ones. The president cannot lose here. We must protect our
borders; keep out the terrorists and rein in out-of-control immigration. It is the signal issue that got him elected. It is also the
signal action needed to save this country from the Left's malevolent intentions. The Left is attempting to subvert our country by simply
replacing its population with a more malleable, sympathetic one. Unlike the immigrants of yesteryear, today's are largely illiterate,
welfare-dependent, unwilling to learn our language and definitely hostile to American culture and traditions. And while they are in many cases
fleeing conditions created by their countries' socialist policies, they nonetheless bring socialist ideas with them. As our country has become
more "multi-cultural", it has drifted ever leftward.
Exclusion through 'Diversity'. It is common, at colleges and universities across the country, for the test
scores of Asian-American students who have been admitted to a given college to be higher than the test scores of whites or of
blacks or of Hispanics. [...] But what justifies diversity? Nothing but unsupported assertions, repeated endlessly,
piously, and loudly. Today, as in the past, diversity is essentially a fancy word for group quotas. It is one of
a number of wholly subjective criteria — such as "leadership" — used to admit students to colleges and
universities according to their group membership, rather than according to their individual qualifications. This is not
something new. Nor is it something confined to the United States.
'Diversity' Fraud. Nothing so epitomizes the politically correct gullibility of our times as the magic word
"diversity." The wonders of diversity are proclaimed from the media, extolled in the academy and confirmed in the august
chambers of the Supreme Court of the United States. But have you ever seen one speck of hard evidence to support the
lofty claims? Although diversity has become one of the leading buzzwords of our time, it has a history that goes back
Multicultural Madness. Judging from the actions of Democrat politicians, immigrants who come here from Third
World cultures and with Third World mindsets are not expected to blend in. Heaven forbid, as that would be an affront
to their "dignity" and go against the grain of multiculturalism. As a result, separate enclaves are popping up across
the country, even in the heartland. The Democratic Party celebrates Balkanization as this enlarges their constituency
base, never caring how it weakens overall American culture and strength. In a commencement address, Secretary of State
John Kerry echoed this theme. He lectured Americans that we must be prepared to live in a borderless world, a world
that he and his fellow globalists are busily trying to construct. And here, Kerry did not mean borderless in terms of
only goods and services and capital. He meant people, too. And John Kerry's position is in full accord with the
agenda of the globalist elite.
Workplace English Rules Discriminatory, Foreign Language Demands Aren't. Requiring employees in the United
States to speak a foreign language is not discriminatory but forcing them to speak English violates federal law under a
sweeping order issued by the Obama administration to crack down on "national origin discrimination" in the workplace.
The government's new enforcement guidelines state that bilingual requirements don't meet discrimination claims under Title
VII of the Civil Rights Act but English-only rules do because they're restrictive language policies. The administration
asserts that the new rules, which cover a broad range of scenarios that could get employers in trouble, were created because
the American workforce is "increasingly ethnically diverse."
hires nine ex-felons amid effort to boost diversity. The newly-minted class of FDNY probationary firefighters
includes an unprecedented nine rookie Bravest with felony convictions, including one who did jail time for gun possession,
insiders told The [New York] Post. The nine ex-felons, all minorities, were among 295 probies who graduated from the
Fire Academy on Nov. 2, as critics charge the FDNY has loosened hiring standards to diversify its ranks. One of the
nine, a black 32-year-old who joined the city as an EMT in 2012, served more than a year in the Nassau County Correctional
Center after two 2005 convictions for carrying loaded guns.
Order Law Enforcement Agencies to Ignore Drug Use, Criminal Records to Hire Minorities. In a push to hire
minority police officers, the Obama administration is asking the nation's 18,000 law enforcement agencies to forgive drug
use, disregard the criminal records of candidates from "underrepresented communities" and lower standards on written and
physical exams. It's part of the administration's Advancing Diversity in Law Enforcement initiative following a string
of officer-involved shootings involving African Americans. Key to the mission is the racial diversification of local
law enforcement agencies so that they "better reflect the diversity of the communities they serve."
'Diversity' Mandates Put 'Progressive' Agenda over National Security. "President Obama released a Memorandum to
promote diversity in the national security workforce," National Security Advisor Susan Rice announced Wednesday. "This
is why that makes us safer and stronger." Rice's "why" is long on self-serving blather and short on "how." She touches on
"building an international order" with the UN, fighting Ebola in West Africa and pushing the transfer of wealth via "climate
change" treaty (that has not been ratified by the Senate). But the talking point to accept and repeat without question is
that "our diversity" is "what makes us truly exceptional." If you're an Opposite Day "progressive" dependent on "divide and
conquer" tactics to rally favored demographics and marginalize others, what better way to do it than with a reverse "E Unum
will be the death of America, yes, literally. Well, well this is just a natural extension to the Left's war on
cops isn't it? And it goes so well along with the Left's sick devotion to "equality".
of Social Justice: LEOs Can Be Criminals or Non-Citizens, So Long As They Aren't White Guys. If you want
a job in law enforcement, not being a criminal is okay, but the important thing is not to be a white man: [...] Since the
only real criterion is not to be a white male, and white males are less likely to have criminal records, then obviously
checking into the criminal histories of potential law enforcement officers would be counterproductive. If being a
criminal doesn't count against you, why should not being an American citizen?
Diversity Trumps Ability to Pass Criminal Background Checks. On Wednesday [10/5/2016], the Department of
Justice (DOJ) released the "Advancing Diversity in Law Enforcement" report, which highlights hiring practices in the law
enforcement community. In the report. the DOJ discusses problems associated with diversifying police forces,
claiming racial diversity is more important than being a law-abiding citizen.
DOJ blames criminal, citizenship checks of job seekers for lack of police diversity. Local police departments'
use of criminal background checks and citizenship requirements to vet job applicants are among the barriers limiting
diversity in law enforcement, a new Justice Department report finds. The report, released Wednesday in conjunction with
the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, critiques several widely used police-hiring practices — noting that
over-reliance on such criteria "may limit certain underrepresented communities' representation in law enforcement agencies."
"Ensuring that law enforcement agencies represent the diversity of the communities they serve can help restore trust and improve
policing," said Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta.
Criminal Background Checks, Citizenship Requirements Barriers to Police-Force Diversity. The Department of Justice
(DOJ) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released a comprehensive report Wednesday [10/5/2016] examining law
enforcement hiring, recruitment, and retention policies with the aim of increasing diversity in police departments. The
report — "Advancing Diversity in Law Enforcement" — highlighted barriers to diversity within police
departments, such as "the use of criminal background checks" which the researchers found "is likely to disproportionately impact
racial minority applicants." The report also found that U.S. citizenship requirements "may prevent a considerable
number of racial and ethnic minorities — many of whom have valuable foreign language skills — from
being hired by law enforcement agencies."
Force Announces It Will Mandate Diversity Quotas In Candidate Pools For Key Positions. The Air Force announced
a new set of 13 inclusion initiatives Friday [9/30/2016] with the goal of ensuring the force isn't as white, male and heterosexual as it
is now. Air Force officials are intent on building upon a foundation of nine initiatives from 2015, in order to boost
diversity. Those nine initiatives weren't enough to make the Air Force as diverse as desired, which is why it is taking
more intensive steps in 2016.
- Why Multiculturalism Is As Wicked As Nazism. Few people who believe in multiculturalism will have the
slightest inkling of its origins. Brainwashed by a tsunami of state propaganda, most people in the West believe
multiculturalism is a benign, progressive ideology. They hold this belief because core to this ideology is the
assertion that all races and all cultures are equal. All people no matter their race or creed share the same desire to
live alongside each other in peaceful coexistence. Establishing such a vibrant mix of races and cultures will bring
enrichment and diversity — but only to the West. Enriched and diverse multicultural societies will spawn a
kaleidoscopic utopia where all join hands and sing "Kumbaya", and intolerance, violence and hatred will have been overcome
forever. Not only is this is a childish fantasy that ignores centuries of human evolution and interracial/inter-tribal
conflicts, it's also a completely false understanding of what multiculturalism is and why it came into being.
Whites are the new Indians. [Scroll down]
A Japanese city is Japanese. A Mexican city is Mexican. An Indian city is Indian. A Chinese city is Chinese. It is only in Europe and
the Anglo satellites where you have this phenomenon of cities being not just slightly divergent from the general population but foreign to it.
New York, for example, is not an Anglo-American city, but an Israeli-Puerto Rican-Chinese-Pakistani-Ecuadorian-Mexican-Filipino-Dominican-African-Korean
city. Paris is not a French city, but an Algerian-Moroccan-Portuguese-Senegalese-Vietnamese-Malian city. London is not a British city, but an
Indian-Pakistani-Jamaican-Polish-Bengali-Arab-Chinese-Nigerian city. It will pose a geopolitical problem in the future, that metropolitan and
non-metropolitan counties in the same country are different races from one another.
American Multiculturalism a Failure? Has the great American experiment in diversity ended in failure?
That's the impression you might get from an array of recent developments — Black Lives Matter protests,
anti-Muslim sentiment, resentment of undocumented immigrants and, last but not least, Donald Trump. We seem to be
loudly fracturing and separating, not coming together. We're all pluribus and no unum.
Minority Girls Are Winning Beauty Pageants To Satisfy The Diversity Agenda. Toxic SJW notions of "beauty"
(think awful role model and alleged scammer Tess Munster) are well-known. Sadly, it appears that the need to appease
certain groups has now filtered down to giving beauty pageant titles to girls based on their race or ethnicity. Two
recent "winners" of state-based national beauty pageants, Magnolia Maymuru (Miss World, Northern Territory, Australia) and
Arianna Quan (Miss America, Michigan), are so unbelievably plain and even ugly that the "beauty" in beauty pageant should
have been removed from the contests they each entered. In the case of Quan, the biggest criticisms came from her
ancestral homeland of China. Chinese netizens need not fear the kind of racism accusations that would be leveled at
white Americans questioning whether she deserved the Miss America title for one of America's most populous states (Miss
America's national event will be in September). Media coverage of Maymuru's crowning was ecstatic, namely because, in the
words of many racial quota-leaning commenters, "it was about time" that an Aboriginal Australian won such a title. Few
online respondents dared to call her unattractive due to the near certainty of them being labeled as racist bigots. She
eventually placed in the top 10 for the Miss World Australia final, "beating" much more attractive competition.
A World Without Western
Civ. [Scroll down] Most uncomfortable for egalitarians and their ilk is that there are vast
landmasses — sometimes entire continents — where the indigenous inhabitants have invented virtually
nothing. Sub-Saharan Africans are not known for contributing much to rocket science, and black Americans are so
underrepresented as inventors that everyone has heard a gazillion times about the mulatto who improved blood-storage methods
and George Washington Carver's wondrous dalliances with the magical peanut. The so-called "Native Americans" are credited
with inventing the spinning top, which somehow proved incapable of defending them against the white man and his guns.
vs. Meritocracy. Some believe that the notion of meritocracy arose in Great Britain at the end of the
nineteenth century. Apparently, it was offered as an antidote to aristocratic privilege. Instead of choosing
government servants by their breeding, the British decided to use an examination. It was the only way to ensure that
the best and the brightest were running the country. [...] Britain's sister republic, America, has long since sacrificed mush
of its own meritocracy on the bonfire of diversity. Of course, there are still islands of merit, but, for the most
part, we are more worried about how diverse we are than about how good we are.
The only hope for history's rare multiracial, multiethnic, and multireligious nations is to adopt a common culture, one that
artificially suppresses the natural instinct of humans to identify first with their particular tribe. America, in the
logical spirit of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, was exceptional among modern societies in slowly
evolving from its original, largely European immigrant population to a 21st-century assimilated, integrated, and intermarried
multiracial society, in which religious and racial affiliations were incidental, not essential, to one's public character and identity.
America In Free Fall.
President Obama has largely ignored the old ideal of the melting pot and in its place preferred a salad-bowl multiculturalism
of competing ethnicities, tribes, and races, whose activism wins concessions from local, state and federal governments.
Casual comments and references by Obama-like "bring a gun" to a knife fight, the "bitter clingers" of Pennsylvania, and
"typical white person"-stoked racial tensions. So did Attorney General Eric Holder's crude referrals to "my people" and
a "nation of cowards." [...] Apparently, the Obama administration never considered that a multiracial America united by one
culture was an historical exception. Everywhere else, multiculturalism and tribalism without assimilation, integration,
and intermarriage have proved to be an abject and usually violent catastrophe: most recently, in the former Soviet
Union, the Balkans, Rwanda, and the Middle East. Europe's attempt to emulate a multiracial United States is ending in
utter failure with unchecked immigration, multicultural incoherence, and rising Islamism.
Is Diversity Our Strength?
However great the shock of the massacre in Orlando, it is only a matter of time before we start hearing again the fact-free
dogma that "diversity is our strength." If there is any place in the Guinness Book of World Records for words repeated
the most often, over the most years, without one speck of evidence, "diversity" should be a prime candidate. Is
diversity our strength? Or anybody's strength, anywhere in the world? Does Japan's homogeneous population cause
the Japanese to suffer? Have the Balkans been blessed by their heterogeneity — or does the very word
"Balkanization" remind us of centuries of strife, bloodshed and unspeakable atrocities, extending into our own times?
Has Europe become a safer place after importing vast numbers of people from the Middle East, with cultures hostile to the
fundamental values of Western civilization?
Changes in racial composition lead to decline in church attendance. The more mixed the Sunday morning pews are,
the fewer people are likely to be in them. That's the primary finding of a new study from Baylor University published
in the current Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. Researchers studied the Evangelical Lutheran Church in
America, where racial diversity doubled from 1993 to 2012, and found that, at the same time, churches with the greatest
diversity growth also had the steepest declines in attendance.
Being black or female or talented or intelligent isn't enough.
in six BBC stars 'must be gay or lesbian or disabled' by 2020 says new staff-hiring guidelines at the
corporation. One in six of all on-screen BBC roles must go to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender or
disabled people by 2020, the corporation's new diversity targets state. In a bid to deter criticism that it has been
failing to reflect its audience, the BBC has pledged that LGBT and disabled people will each make up eight percent
of all on-air and on-screen roles.
Whereas the Founders prized unity, 21st-century America has embraced diversity.
Contradictions of Diversity. [Scroll down] Appearance and accent are no longer reliable indicators of
race. If Ted Cruz did not self-identify as half Cuban-American, he might easily be tagged with almost any ethnicity.
Barack Obama — middle-class, Hawaiian-raised, prep-schooled, and of half Kenyan ancestry — had no early
experience with the African-American underclass; Barack Hussein Obama massaged that fact in a way Barry Soetero might not have
been able to. The current career move of ethnicizing names, along with highlights of hyphenation and accent marks,
reflects an unspoken reality: Ethnic heritage is now often so impossible to verify that bumper-sticker linguistic aids
are vital. Professor Joseph Smith is not so likely an affirmative-action candidate as he most certainly would be if he
chose to identify with his mother's line and became José López-Smith[.]
Magic Honky Theory. For as
long as most people reading this have been alive, the cult in charge of America has preached the need for full integration.
This has led to endless campaigns to "desegregate" the schools, housing, jobs, sports clubs, etc. [...] The way around this has
been to argue that "diversity" makes everyone better somehow. This proximity effect only works in your neighborhood,
of course. The bunkered enclaves where our betters live are almost all white. Like so much of what these people say
in public, it is intended to obscure, not explain. Ask these people why diversity is good and they start mumbling about
their favorite Ethiopian restaurant. Western civilization did OK without having a single Ethiopian restaurant for a few
millennia, but we're to believe it is now a necessity.
Fruits of Multiculturalism, Abroad and at Home. Once upon a time there were people who naively fantasized about how all the
incompatible cultures of the world were going to magically blend, weaving a beautiful tapestry of colors and variations. They called
this "Multiculturalism". [...] The theory of multiculturalism has always been a tonic for simpletons, since it celebrates the perpetuation
and imposition of an incompatible culture, still being practiced by those who carry it, upon a host culture with which it is mutually
exclusive. Multiculturalism is entirely subversive. It is intended to force one or more cultures upon the hosts who do not
want or need them. Since both cultures cannot successfully coexist within the host, which has its own successful working culture, the
purpose of the exercise has always been fraudulent.
America's Toxic Brew:
"Diversity". The PC crowd preaches constantly that "diversity" is our "strength". Horse hockey!
There is no strength whatsoever when everyone is part of a group rather than being an individual. Strength comes from a
common language and culture — all of these "hyphenated" appellations are doing nothing to bring people together
and doing everything to divide us. This is why we are fracturing as a society and devolving into a balkanized country.
How to Make Sense of an Incoherent
America. Sometime in the 1990s the growing contradictions of affirmative action in a
multiracial society became problematic. Ethnic ancestry was often neither easily identifiable nor
readily commensurate with class status, and so gave way to a more popular term: "diversity."
Under diversity, it no longer mattered so much how wealthy or poor one was. Nor was it a concern
exactly who one's grandparents had been — at long as, in some vague way, one was
non-"white." If so, one was diverse. That was deemed in and of itself a good thing.
We no longer worried as much whether someone enjoying affirmative action status was upper middle-class
or the child of a surgeon. Nor did it matter that one was only one-quarter "Latino" or, in fact, took
the rarer Elizabeth Warren or Ward Churchill route of fabricating ethnic ancestry out of whole cloth.
Destroy a People Through Immigration. Multiculturalism is simply a tool for divide and
conquer. Is there then any point in trying to comprehend its logic at all? Maybe it was just a
convenient excuse used for disrupting the established order of nation states by flooding them with mass
immigration under the cover of "cultural diversity" or historical inevitability. If that is the
case, there never was any coherent logic behind it, so we shouldn't waste our time looking for one.
Many of those promulgating it never believed a word of it themselves. Multiculturalism is the new
Allah: Don't understand, just obey.
What the Left Would Prefer You Didn't Know. Multiculturalism is a very specific
political philosophy which could scarcely be further removed from the idea that we should live in
one big, happy, multi-ethnic melting pot and all just get along. That's because it means the exact
opposite. It's about separatism, not integration.
a Failure. German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that in Germany, multiculturalism
has "utterly failed." Both Australia's ex-prime minister John Howard and Spain's ex-prime minister
Jose Maria Aznar reached the same conclusion about multiculturalism in their countries. British
Prime Minister David Cameron has warned that multiculturalism is fostering extremist ideology and
directly contributing to homegrown Islamic terrorism. UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage said
the United Kingdom's push for multiculturalism has not united Britons but pushed them apart. It has
allowed for Islam to emerge despite Britain's Judeo-Christian culture.
Leftist Threat to the American Story. Is multiculturalism a decent if banal posture that basically boils down
to respecting other cultures and getting sloshed on St. Patrick's Day and Cinco de Mayo? Or is it a much darker social model
used as a Trojan horse to transform Western society fundamentally, especially this one? I think both can be true, but I
worry only about the fundamental transformation part.
tells TUSD to improve teachers' racial diversity. The Tucson Unified School District has been ordered to
improve racial diversity among its teachers. In a district that has spent years under federal oversight for
desegregation efforts, U.S. District Judge David Bury has told it to reduce by half the number of schools where racial
disparities exist among the teaching staff — affecting more than one-third of TUSD schools.
The 'Diversity' Hustle. If a family of
Mexican immigrants opens a taco stand, should they be required to hire a Korean assistant manager for the sake of "diversity"? Does anyone
complain there are "too many" Italians working at the pizza restaurant? Businesses exist for exactly one reason, to make profit.
Anything that contributes to the goal of making profit is good, and anything that distracts from that goal is bad. Period.
compels society give up its traditions, its sacred rights, and even its basic decency. We can now add Halloween
parties to the list of things we can't do because we live in a diverse society notes one Benny Huang, who knows a thing or
two about racial diversity.
This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things. Advocates of diversity ought to familiarize themselves with a little
thing called "truth in advertising." Like all ideas, diversity is "sold," in a manner of speaking. Great efforts are
made to get the public to buy into the concept that the optimal model for society is a heterogeneous jumble of people who share
nothing in common. The fewer commonalities we have, the better! That's what diversity means — differentness.
It's enough to make you wonder what the benefits of diversity are; besides the race riots and lack of social cohesion, I mean. [...]
They never do. Diversity is promoted as an unqualified good, something that only a crazy person wouldn't like.
It's all roses, no thorns.
Proof that diversity adds nothing to productivity:
as Twitter reveals just 49 of its 3,000 US employees are black. Twitter only has 49
black employees — out of 2,910 staff members in America. The 35 men and 14 women account for just
1.7 percent of the firm's US operation, which is 93.8 percent white or Asian. Slamming the
figures, released in a compulsory Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) report, Rev Jesse Jackson said
people are 'becoming intolerant' of the stilted progress.
The Editor says:
That's right, Jesse. If only some of those 3,000 employees were black, the company might be successful!
and Cultural Genocide — and They Call it 'Immigration'. Remember the old
Stanford University chant, led by Jesse Jackson, "Hey, hey, ho, ho, Western Culture's got to go!"?
Well, it's going, going... and will be gone unless we make some profoundly radical changes. It's
cultural and demographic genocide, generally lamented except in the one case in which, labeled diversity, it's
trumpeted. That would be the case of the one civilization leftists hate with every fiber of their being.
Districts Spending Millions on 'White Privilege' Training for Employees. The Pacific
Educational Group (PEG) espouses a lot of controversial and stereotypical concepts regarding
minority students in K-12 schools. For instance, the organization teaches that black kids are
less likely to respond to fundamental ideas like working hard to achieve success, or being on time
for school or work, because those ideas are supposedly foreign to African-American culture.
PEG is literally selling notions like that to American public schools, and the schools are buying
them, at a cost of millions of tax dollars every year.
Most Diverse Cities Are Often the Most Segregated. When I was a freshman at the
University of Chicago in 1996, I heard the same thing again and again: Do not leave the boundaries
of Hyde Park. Do not go north of 47th Street. Do not go south of 61st Street. Do not
go west of Cottage Grove Avenue.
The 'Dramatic Failure' Of Multiculturalism Drives Radical Islam. Why are thousands of
European Muslims flocking to radical Islam? According to UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage,
"state sponsored multiculturalism" deserves much of the blame for why extremism has found a home in
Europe. "We [the U.K.] have pursued a policy for nearly four decades now of multiculturalism,"
Farage told The Daily Caller Thursday [2/26/2015]. "We have encouraged division. Rather than having
different communities coming together, under one law, we have encouraged division." "That policy I think
has been a dramatic failure," the Member of European Parliament (MEP) added.
'Diversity' in action.
Islamic terrorist attacks in Europe, and European governments' counter-attacks are more than just a
passing news story. Europe is currently in the process of paying the price for years of importing
millions of people from a culture hostile to the fundamental values of Western culture. And this is
by no means the last of the installments of that price, to be paid in blood and lives, for smug elites'
Utopian self-indulgences in moral preening and gushing with the magic word "diversity."
Farage: Multiculturalism Creating 'Fifth Column' in West. In the wake of Wednesday's
massacre of twelve people at a satirical French newspaper by suspected Islamic fundamentalists, UK
Independence Party head Nigel Farage warned that the obsession with fostering a multicultural society
has created a "fifth column" in the West. As leader of the UK's fastest-growing political party,
Farage has pushed a British exit from the European Union and a reform of Britain's liberal immigration
laws, which his party believes limits economic opportunity for UK citizens and threatens the nation's
social fabric — even its physical safety.
Diversity set Ferguson on fire.
Commentators offer different reasons why Ferguson is burning. They blame racial injustice or
militarized police or the police officer who shot an unarmed teenager. Some even blame Michael
Brown. But all these explanations miss the truth: Ferguson is symptom, not cause, and the
cause is diversity.
95 Percent of BBC Viewers Think Multiculturalism Has Failed. [G]rowing evidence
suggests that multiculturalism itself is responsible for increasing segregation in Britain. Last
year the Daily Mail reported on the phenomenon of 'White flight' — that is, white British
people moving out of London in vast numbers. Between 2001 and 2011 some 620,000 white British
people left London, tipping the ethnic makeup of London into majority non-British heritage.
Is Black History Month still needed?
How valuable, knowledge-wise, is a single month for youth who have practically the whole of human knowledge at their fingertips on their phones?
Furthermore, these African-American Millennials say they never really learned anything useful during Black History Month activities at school, and they fret
that having a formal, month-long observance gives the nation a pass to ignore black history the rest of the year. Despite all that, they'd keep it.
The downside of diversity. Diversity can bring
risks as well as benefits and perils as well as perks. There are trade-offs to be made, for example between the trust that comes from sharing
a common background and the cultural sensitivity that comes from employing people from different parts of the word.
Why Obama is Uneducated. A few years ago I participated in
a radio debate on "white privilege" with a certain man, whose name is unimportant, who had a Ph.D. in "ethnic studies." At one point he introduced an
argument by saying, "If whites are 80 percent of the population...," which prompted me to interject and point out that whites (non-Hispanic) are now
only 63 percent of America. Of course, you might think that someone with a doctorate in "ethnic studies" would know what the ethnic and racial
composition of the country is.
Homosexuals Get Duck Dy-Nasty. "Tolerance," as it
has been marketed, was always a con. [...] For one thing, tolerance always implies a negative, real or perceived; you wouldn't have to tolerate a beautiful car
or a delectable meal — you relish those things. But you might have to tolerate a cold or bad weather. Thus, tolerance is only noble in two
situations: One is when dealing with something objectively negative that cannot be eliminated, such as irremediable pain. The other is when
confronted with something you don't happen to like and could avoid, but that is objectively good or neutral; an example would be tolerating a food you detest
in order to avoid offending your hosts.
Blacks and Obama. Obama's electoral success further
confirms what I've often held: The civil rights struggle in America is over, and it's won. At one time, black Americans did not have the
constitutional guarantees enjoyed by white Americans; now we do. The fact that the civil rights struggle is over and won does not mean that
there are not major problems confronting many members of the black community, but they are not civil rights problems and have little or nothing to do
with racial discrimination.
Lawmaker: Hire more whites to run government.
Robb Pitts, a county commissioner in Atlanta, Ga., says the county needs to hire more whites. [...] Pitts, a black, said, "I would encourage the county
manager to find ways to inform all ethnicities when new positions arise and make a concerted effort to diversify our employee base." That was in a
recent email to constituents, and Fulton County Personnel Board Chairman Paul Zucca says still today the workforce "needs more diversity."
The Editor says...
Why not hire the best available workers, instead of the ones that will produce just the right mix of colors?
Multiculturalism is the
enemy of democracy. Here we go again. Brazen and brutal attacks against British and French soldiers. In broad
daylight. At the hands of homegrown Islamic extremists (Mr. Adebolajo is reported to have shouted "Allahu Akbar!" as he struck).
European conservatives reflexively clamoring for a crackdown on Islamic fundamentalism. The left reflexing reminding us that the
West is not at war with Islam. This latest horrific chapter of Islamic radicalism brings me back to a topic I have often chronicled
over the past 20 years: the specter of multiculturalism.
Needs. Quack multiculturalism is the name [Professor Craig] Frisby gives to the vision of multiculturalism that promotes the
falsehoods and distortions that dominate today's college agenda, sold under various names such as "valuing diversity," "being sensitive to
cultural differences" and "cultural competence." He identifies different brands of multiculturalism such as boutique, Kumbayah,
light-and-fluffy, and bean-counting multiculturalism. Insider language used to promote multiculturalism includes terms such as
"practice tolerance," "celebrate diversity," "equity with excellence" and "differences are not deficits."
expensive USDA sensitivity training: 'The Pilgrims were illegal aliens'. Footage of the United States Department
of Agriculture's compulsory "Cultural Sensitivity Training" program reveals USDA employees being instructed to refer to the
Pilgrims as "illegal aliens" and minorities as "emerging majorities" — at "a huge expense" to taxpayers. The
video clips were made public Thursday evening by the conservative government accountability group Judicial Watch, which obtained
them through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request made on May 18, 2012.
A review of "The Disuniting
of America," by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.. Today, says Schlesinger, the American identity is in jeopardy as multiculturalism
and Afrocentrism elevate racial and ethnic over national affiliation. At the end of this road, he warns, lie Yugoslavia and other
contemporary battlegrounds of racial and ethnic separatism. While the analogy may seem a touch overwrought, there can be no question
that multiculturalists are playing with weapons that can wreak havoc on our already inadequate schools, our social structure, and economy.
Shut Up or Die, the
Muslim Protesters Explained. Thanks to multiculturalism, we can't even stand up for ourselves in a simple standoff
between barbarism and free speech. We've become so obsessed with being unoffensive that we can't bring ourselves to make the
most basic criticisms of group behavior, even when that behavior is violent. This applies both at home and abroad.
In the case of the Libya attack two weeks ago, the resulting approach on the part of some liberals has been, in a word, cowardly.
Europe's Multicultural Nightmare.
Unfortunately, the Mannheim riot is not an isolated incident. Germans and other Europeans are becoming more accustomed to
seeing their municipal police forces attacked by people who, for the most part, had been allowed into Europe under the multicultural
banner or asylum laws.
Stubborn Ignorance. Academic intelligentsia, their media,
government and corporate enthusiasts worship at the altar of diversity. Despite budget squeezes, universities have created diversity
positions, such as director of diversity and inclusion, manager of diversity recruitment, associate dean for diversity, vice president of
diversity and perhaps minister of diversity. This is all part of a quest to get college campuses, corporate offices and government
agencies to "look like America." For them, part of looking like America means race proportionality.
and the Phony 'Digital Divide'. Multiculturalism has forced us to believe that some people's
opinions are valuable simply because of their skin color. Multiculturalism is therefore in conflict
with Dr. Martin Luther King's call to judge people not "by the color of their skin but by the content
of their character." Liberalism demands that we judge people according to their group identity,
victim status, socioeconomic level — anything but their character.
[Scroll down] Once the government insisted on proportional representation, there really was no limit to extending
that logic. But do we really wish for a Ministry of Diversity that will begin to ask all sorts of repugnant
questions? After all, in 2011, professional sports teams are not very diverse. The Postal Service, with
its coveted benefits, has a disproportionate number of African-American employees. Women are vastly
overrepresented as K-8 teachers, and they graduate from college at disproportionately high rates compared to
their male counterparts. We have not had a white-male secretary of state in 15 years. The
Latino community in California still refers to itself as a "minority," even though it is now the largest
so-called ethnic group in the state, where there is no longer any majority.
day-care center proposal: Dolls must represent at least three different races.
abandoning multiculturalism. In a landmark turnabout, one of the cornerstones of contemporary
liberalism is being rejected by one of the fountainheads of liberalism. The politically correct
doctrine of multiculturalism is heading for decline, as Holland, one of the most socially liberal societies on
earth, is reversing its former policy of multiculturalism. Soeren Kern, writing for Hudson New York,
covers an important story that has gotten almost no notice from the American media, which wishes to pretend
that multiculturalism works just fine.
Multicultural Rot in the Melting Pot.
Europe is finally awakening from its self-imposed Rip Van Winkle deep slumber to discover that multiculturalism
is actually cultural rot and ripping its countries apart. From the United Kingdom to France to
Spain to Germany, leaders or former leaders have decried multiculturalism as a poisonous experiment
in their nations.
A Requiem for
Multiculturalism. Stop the presses! The British, French and German heads of state agree on
something: Cameron, Sarkozy and Merkel have all recently declared multiculturalism a failure.
Like the related dogma of diversity, multiculturalism is so deeply embedded in the lexicon of liberalism
that it has become axiomatic.
failed. French President Nicolas Sarkozy has joined the chorus. The other day, he said,
"My answer is clearly yes, it is a failure." The "it" was multiculturalism, and he was on French national
television. In pronouncing multiculturalism defunct, the French president joins German Chancellor Angela
Merkel, former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Spain's former Premier Jose Maria Aznar and, most
recently, British Prime Minister David Cameron in heaving a failed policy into history's dustbin.
Hits The Wall. Multiculturalism is the most recent, and perhaps final, expression of the late
20th-century left-wing ascendancy. It is a completely synthetic doctrine, formulated without reference to any
perceptible element of the quotidian world. Although derived in format and rhetoric from the civil rights
movement, it has no relationship with the ideas or hopes expressed by King, Abernathy, Rustin or any other legitimate
civil rights leader. While the civil rights movement was founded in opposition to the odious practice of legal
racial segregation, multiculturalism had no such concrete agenda. It was based almost completely on abstract
academic theories derived in equal part from black racial extremism and Marxism, purporting to define the relationship
between the dominant "white" race and all other races.
'Multi-Kulti' Is Failing in Europe. Multiculturalism just doesn't work in Germany, according to
Chancellor Angela Merkel. Speaking to the youth association of her Christian Democrat Union party (CDU),
she said that the "multi-kulti" concept that "we are now living side-by-side and are happy about it ... this
approach has failed, utterly." Merkel described this as living in "parallel societies" similar to the
Chinatowns of New York and San Francisco or the Little Italy in Philadelphia. Merkel's comments were made
a day after Horst Seehofer, the Christian Social Union (CSU) premier of Bavaria, told the same assembly that
"multiculturalism is dead."
Cult. Somebody eventually had to say it — and German chancellor Angela Merkel
deserves credit for being the one who had the courage to say it out loud. Multiculturalism has
"utterly failed." Multiculturalism is not just a recognition that different groups have different
cultures. We all knew that, long before multiculturalism became a cult that has spawned mindless
rhapsodies about "diversity," without a speck of evidence to substantiate its supposed benefits.
Merkel: Multiculturalism Is Kaput. Germany's leader confronts head-on the consequences of essentially
open borders and virtually unrestricted immigration to German society. What they have there, she says,
is a failure to assimilate.
making themselves look really stupid. Nothing makes me laugh harder than a dimwitted race
grievance industry bureaucrat fired up on diversity rhetoric attempting to outwit the general public by
making up phony evidence of inclusiveness, and failing miserably.
Diversity Unto Death. I pretty much said what I had to say about the Fort Hood massacre in the
first couple of weeks, because it was perfectly obvious within about 48 hours that 14 people
(including an unborn child) had died so that "diversity" might live.
The 'Diversity' Sham.
It has been 6½ years since the U.S. Supreme Court, in Grutter v. Bollinger, upheld the legality
of racial discrimination in university admissions for the purpose of realizing "the educational benefits that
flow from a diverse student body." Longstanding precedent requires the court to apply "strict scrutiny"
to any claim justifying discrimination on the basis of race. ... But there is reason to doubt whether
"diversity," as practiced by American higher education today, has any educational benefits at
all — never mind whether those benefits are sufficient to justify discrimination.
Diversity Has Jumped the Shark.
Never in recorded history has diversity been anything but a problem. Look at Ireland with its Protestant
and Catholic populations, Canada with its French and English populations, Israel with its Jewish and Palestinian
populations. Or consider the warring factions in India, Sri Lanka, China, Iraq, Czechoslovakia (until
it happily split up), the Balkans and Chechnya. Also look at the festering hotbeds of tribal warfare —
I mean the beautiful mosaics — in Third World hellholes like Afghanistan, Rwanda and South Central L.A.
The Vilification of
Rush. We as Americans have always been the great melting pot of society and the world.
We want everyone to become just like us. The Minority Thought Pattern now wants a nineteen-burner
stove with every pot separate and different, and that has given us multiculturalism today. Multiculturalism
in its present form has already proven unworkable.
Diverse Army. I am missing something here. After the attack and murder of 13 innocent
people by an apparent imbedded radical Jihadist in the US Army, General Casey said on Meet The Press, "Our
diversity, not only in our Army, but in our country, is a strength. And as horrific as this tragedy
was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that's worse." ... I took the oath of office a few times
in my military career and for the life of me I don't ever remember the word "diversity" being in it.
cost of a diverse Naval Academy. The Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead announced in Annapolis
recently that "diversity is the number one priority" at the Naval Academy. The Naval Academy superintendent, Vice
Adm. Jeffrey Fowler, echoed him. Everyone understands that "diversity" here means nonwhite skins.
Victims Of Tolerance?
So why did they all tolerate his abusive behavior for so long? Was it because he was a foreign student?
Was it because he was a minority? Was it because multiculturalism has robbed us of our last sense, even
our instinct for survival? Or was it simply because the campus lifestyle, more than the real world,
tends to accommodate, even nurture, idiosyncratic behavior? Whatever it was, the kid-glove treatment the
university culture afforded him amounted to a mass enabling of Cho's psychotic behavior.
one way street: Demands for "tolerance" in the name of multiculturalism apply only to wealthy,
predominantly white countries. And within them, only to whites. A shocking situation in Denmark
illustrates the point.
Much Tolerance. We are ever admonished to respect differences, to be tolerant of what we might
think of as bizarre behavior. We are told that among the worst of sins is to be judgmental about how
others behave. Multiculaturalism is what we are about. Diversity is our strength. All
cultures, all people, all lifestyles are to be treated equally. At Blacksburg on Monday, we learned
that there is such a thing as too much tolerance.
has a down side. Concerns about the potential downsides of state-sanctioned multiculturalism have
finally reached the long-deaf ears, and are now being given a voice by, Canada's elite chattering classes.
We Are All Cowards Now.
What's so disconcerting is that a man at the top of his profession, with a wife at the top of hers, in a country that has
rewarded his accomplishments and whose people have made epic strides toward the creation of an equitable society, lectures
us in a way that can only divide us. But that's the infernal paradox of multiculturalism. It preaches tolerance
but practices divisiveness. It pretends to be even-handed but imposes severe restrictions on speech. It censors
brilliant scholars and independent-minded students. And then the Attorney General criticizes those who don't want to
play that self-destructive game.
Bowling With Our Own: In
the 41 sites [Robert] Putnam studied in the U.S., he found that the more diverse the neighborhood, the less
residents trust neighbors. This proved true in communities large and small, from big cities like Los
Angeles, Chicago, Houston, and Boston to tiny Yakima, Washington, rural South Dakota, and the mountains of
New Racism. By embracing "diversity," multiculturalism claims to extinguish
racism. Far from being a cure for racism, multiculturalism is racism
in a new, self-righteous guise. The purpose of this ad hoc newsletter
is to describe the efforts of the Ayn Rand Institute to oppose
multiculturalism and to defend the superiority of Western Civilization.
of multiculturalism: It's not easy to dislodge a trendy fad, particularly among the public
intellectuals and the aspiring sophisticates of the chattering class, but "multiculturalism" may be getting
an intellectual re-examination.
Keep the Immigrants,
Deport the Multiculturalists. So, whatever happened to immigration as a presidential campaign
issue? In the early caucus and primary states — Iowa, New Hampshire, South
Carolina — the media assured us that immigration was foremost on the minds of voters.
You couldn't watch a Republican debate without the issue dominating a good chunk of the discussion.
be the death of us: "Multiculturalism" is a unicultural phenomenon. It exists only as a
Western fetish, and we don't believe in it, not really. Most people, given the choice, want to live in an
advanced Western society. That's why even impeccably PC lefties refer carelessly to other cultures as
"developing nations": the phrase assumes they're "developing" into something closer to ours, because
that's the direction of progress. Even hard-core multiculturalists only want to live in a Western society.
For one thing, that's the only place you can make a living as a multiculturalist.
There are thousands of Americans who might still be alive if we had banned immigration from Saudi Arabia — and
perhaps that might be more important than the rhetoric of the intelligentsia. In that rhetoric, all
differences between peoples are magically transformed into mere "stereotypes" and "perceptions." This
blithely ignores hard data showing, for example, that people who come here from some countries are ten times
more likely to go on welfare as people from some other countries.
War on Education: One text acclaims the inhabitants of West Africa in pre-Columbian times for
having prosperous economies and for establishing a university in Timbuktu; but it ignores their brutal trade in
slaves and the proliferation of far more consequential institutions of learning in Paris, Oxford and elsewhere
in Europe. Some books routinely lionize the architecture of the Aztecs, but purposely overlook or
underplay the fact that they practiced human sacrifices. A few textbooks seek to portray Islam as
peaceful in part by distorting the concept of "jihad" ("sacred war") to mean an internal struggle to surmount
temptation and evil. Islam's wars of religious conquest are played down.
The Fraud of Multiculturalism:
Without a doubt most people in this country would agree that the government schools are failing our children.
The government's pat answer to the problem is always a lack of funds, but I hope to convince you that the true
problem behind the failure of these schools is far more sinister than that. The real culprit is not a
lack of money but the evil programs being advanced under the umbrella of a term called Multiculturalism, better
known as diversity.
survive. Future historians of the phenomenon known as "multiculturalism" that the West bone-headedly adopted
towards the end of the second millennium will note the precise time when it was dealt a mortal wound. It was at
8:46 on Tuesday morning of Sept. 11, 2001, when the first of the four commercial airliners hijacked by Islamist
terrorists — all of Arab origin — struck the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.
America's Founding Ideals: As America
descends into multiculturalism, public recognition of the superiority of America's heritage is considered
uncivil — and possibly even illegal.
The Meaning Of 'Is'…
Multiculturalism is simply moral equivalency on a national or cultural scale; it helps strip our society of the idea
of objective moral standards, a sense of right and wrong. Why would "liberals" want that? Because the
socialist society they seek requires there be no standards or values to compete with those ordained by the government;
after all, socialists maintain, those rules are for the good of all.
Once Upon a Rhyme: Once upon a time,
students had their heads crammed full with poetry by great old writers — the "Dead White Men" so
reviled by today's multiculturalists.
Coalition Resists "Tolerance"
Police: The group plans to place an ad in at least one major U.S. newspaper. "It will be
about the extent to which the left in this country has misused and misapplied the term "tolerance" to impose a
rigid, politically correct ideology on America," the group's national director explained.
Politics: Part IV. One of the most ominous developments of our time has been the
multicultural dogma that all cultures are equal. It is one of the many unsubstantiated assertions
that have become fashionable among self-congratulatory elites, with hard evidence being neither asked for
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profiling: What is racial profiling, and is it racist? We can think of
profiling as using cheap-to-observe characteristics as indicators or proxies for
Law vs. Morality. Racial issues can be contentious, but they can be made
even more so when the terms used in discussions of racial phenomena are ambiguous. Because
words can and do have multiple meanings in everyday usage, one goal of this paper is to
suggest operational definitions of terms such as "discrimination," "preferences," and
"prejudice," so that one phenomenon is not confused with another.
If the profile
fits… When there is a 100 percent chance, it ceases to be a profile. It's called
a "description of the suspect." This is not a psychological judgment about an ethnic group — it is an all-points
bulletin: Warning! The next terrorist to board a commercial flight will be an Arab or
It is clear, whether we like it or not, or want to say it or not, that there is a strong correlation between
committing terrorist acts and being a Muslim, and being black and high rates of crime. That means if
one is trying to deter terrorism and in some cases capture a criminal, he would expend greater investigatory
resources on Muslims and blacks.
Airport-security firm at mercy of
Muslims: EEOC case forced company to rehire Arabs, instate Islamic-sensitivity
Most security resources should be spent scrutinizing Caucasian males, particularly those with a Middle Eastern appearance.
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Affirmative Action. The ACT's annual reports show that Asian students consistently score higher than all other
ethnic groups on the standardized test. However, when it comes to Asian applicants, as noted in No Longer Separate,
Not Yet Equal, schools seem to have higher standards for them. According to a Princeton study conducted in 2009,
Asians had to score on average 140 points higher on the SAT than whites to have an equal chance at admission. This
discrimination is a direct byproduct of this failing policy. Clearly, some of the most qualified applicants are being
rejected in order for the school to boast a diverse pool of acceptances. In 2014, a lawsuit was filed against Harvard
accusing admissions of having an unconstitutional cap on Asian acceptances, as the percentage of Asians in Harvard's student
body had remained about 16 percent to 19 percent for two decades even though the Asian-American percentage of the
population had more than doubled. Therefore, in the attempt to diversify the class, these top-tiered colleges seem to
make use of a quota-like system in order to boast their commitment diversity, but in reality, they are ousting qualified
candidates simply because of their race.
administration ditches Obama's guidelines which told colleges to consider applicants' race to increase diversity. The
Trump administration plans to encourage colleges to ignore race in their admissions process, abandoning guidelines that called on
universities to consider race as a way of promoting diversity, it was reported on Tuesday [7/3/2018]. The guidelines, put in
place under President Barack Obama in 2011 and 2016, presented legal recommendations that Trump administration officials contend
'mislead schools to believe that legal forms of affirmative action are simpler to achieve than the law allows,' the Wall Street
Journal reported, citing two people familiar with the plans.
admin pushes colleges to drop Obama-era affirmative action policy. The Trump administration is urging colleges
not to consider race in their admissions process, reversing an Obama-era guideline that encouraged affirmative action to
boost diversity. The move, reported by multiple news outlets, restores the policy under then-President George W. Bush
that encouraged "race-neutral methods" in college admissions. Plans to launch the new policy were first reported Tuesday
[7/3/2018] by The Wall Street Journal.
Isn't Interested In Meritocracy or Asians. [Scroll down] The worm in the apple here is that Harvard
offers an illusion of meritocracy. But its aim is preparing future leaders. Rather than letting in the brightest
and most dedicated students. And its notion of leadership qualities has only so much to do with academic merit.
That is why there's an extensive industry dedicated to helping parents get their children into those high end schools.
Some Asian parents have been paying thousands to tens of thousands of dollars just for the image management side of
things. Diversity is a much more important value than merit in academia. And while that serves as an unofficial
quota on white people. It serves as a quota on Asian people too.
War on Academic Excellence. While student "Dreamers" here illegally from south of the border garner
bleeding-heart front-page stories and nightly news dispatches, the high-achieving sons and daughters of legal immigrants from
Asia are getting shafted by far-left Democrats. And it's all in the perverted name of "diversity."
U: An Immigration Scam in Plain Sight. The notion of establishing a college intended for an otherwise illegal
alien market flabbergasted me some 20 years ago when I evaluated some categories of colleges for the State of Virginia.
In my brief time (1999-2000) at Virginia's State Council of Higher Education (SCHEV), I examined the credentials of marginal,
for-profit colleges, which sometimes had high portions of foreign students. Their administrations were dominated by
foreign men. At least one emphasized its ties with a foreign nation. In one egregious instance, I found clear
signs of dishonesty: the school claimed faculty who denied to me they had anything to do with the institution.
Other faculty listed inflated their credentials. SCHEV did nothing, claiming the agency lacked the resources to do a
thorough examination of each applicant for institutional approval. Other schools had ties to foreign countries that
compromised their integrity as academic institutions.
Racism At Cornell. Cornell University's Black Students United [...] complains that the prestigious Ivy League school admits
too many blacks — from Africa and the Caribbean. "We demand that Cornell Admissions to come up with a plan to actively increase
the presence of underrepresented Black students on this campus," the BSU student group said in its demands. "We define underrepresented
Black students as Black Americans who have several generations (more than two) in this country." Hold the phone. Isn't the mantra
of modern higher education "diversity," "inclusion" and "overcoming disadvantage"? If so, the black African and Caribbean students would
seem to nail all three. Maybe the problem is that it is tough to explain why so many black foreign applicants outperform America-born
blacks on what some call "culturally biased" standardized tests.
Pressure the Federal Government to Support Racial Discrimination. Top Democrats in Congress are pressuring the
Justice and Education Departments to stop the administration's plans to investigate and potentially sue universities that
intentionally discriminate against applicants based on race. In their letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.), Representative John Conyers (D., Mich.), and others embrace
the Alice in Wonderland worldview in which curtailing racial discrimination "would undermine civil rights protections."
Action Has Failed. It Never Had a Chance to Succeed. After decades of affirmative action, billions of
dollars invested in finding, mentoring, and recruiting minority students, and extraordinary levels of effort and
experimentation, black and Hispanic students are "more underrepresented at the nation's top colleges and universities
than they were 35 years ago" (emphasis added). White and Asian students, on the other hand, remain overrepresented as a
percentage of the population, with Asian students most overrepresented of all. On the one hand, these statistics represent
a staggering failure. It's difficult to overstate the modern campus obsession with diversity. To judge from marketing
materials, campus investments, and the explosive growth of diversity bureaucracies, increasing minority representation on campus
isn't just a priority on par with, say, a good math, English, or engineering department, it's deemed to be an indispensable part
of a high-quality college education. That's the legal rationale that's used to justify racial discrimination in college
admissions — that there is a "compelling state interest" in creating a truly diverse educational experience.
On the other hand, however, one wonders whether failure was inevitable. Not even the most aggressive of affirmative-action
programs can find students who don't exist. And when it comes to college admissions, the problem isn't a lack of collegiate
demand for qualified minority students but rather a serious deficiency in supply. There are simply not enough students who
are ready, willing, and able to do the work.
Justice to tackle affirmative action against whites. President Donald Trump's Department of Justice is reportedly poised to
launch some civil rights investigations, and perhaps lawsuits, against those colleges and universities that discriminate against applicants
based on skin color — and hold on, it's not what you think. White people, get ready to be shocked. Justice is
turning critical eyes at schools that wrongfully keep out whites. That's what a read-between-the-lines look at an internal Justice
Department memo suggests, anyway, at least to The New York Times. And if true, hold the phone. It'll be hard to gauge whose
scream is louder, Barack Obama's or Eric Holder's. Either way, Black Lives Matter and George Soros just found a new fundraiser.
makes diversity history: Majority of incoming freshman class are not white. Harvard University's incoming
freshman class will be unlike any since its founding in 1636 — the majority of students are non-white. The
institution, which has made a concerted effort in recent years to become more diverse, confirmed that 50.8 percent of its
class of 2021 are non-white.
Dept to tackle college admissions racial discrimination, left freaks out. If a report in the NY Times is
accurate, the Trump administration is getting ready to take on the most precious of liberal dogmas, the institutionalized
racial discrimination in college admissions, aka affirmative action. The Times reaches the conclusion that affirmative
action will be under attack, even though the documents it has obtained for its reporting don't actually say that.
vote to give blacks free tuition at Western Kentucky University. The student government at Western Kentucky University on
Tuesday [4/18/2017] voted in favor of giving free tuition to black students. The school's Student Government Association passed a
resolution by 19-10 supporting slavery reparations for black students in the form of free tuition and free access to the public Bowling
Green campus. The resolution also recommends that the university create a task force to "assess the feasibility of test-optional
admissions and geographically-weighted admissions," claiming that some standardized testing poses a disadvantage for needy students and
perpetuates inequality and "white supremacy," The Bowling Green Daily News reported.
over in-state tuition for students in US illegally. Twenty states already offer cheaper in-state college
tuition to students who are in the United States illegally. Legislation making its way through the Tennessee
Legislature would make that state the 21st.
students group demands free tuition for black students. The student government at the University of Wisconsin-Madison said on
Wednesday [2/15/2017] that black students should be offered free tuition and housing because blacks were legally barred from education during
slavery and university remains out of reach for black students today. The Associated Students of Madison said in a resolution that
suburban high school students are over-represented. The group said consideration of ACT and SAT scores in applications upholds "white
supremacy" because it restricts opportunities for the poor. The college has proposed measures aimed at improving diversity.
'Diversity' Fraud. It is common, at colleges and universities across the country, for the test scores of Asian
American students who have been admitted to a given college to be higher than the test scores of whites or of blacks or
Hispanics. That may not seem strange, since that is true of test scores in general. But, at any given
institution, applying the same standards to all, the test scores of students at a particular institution would tend to be
similar. More Asian Americans would be admitted to higher ranked colleges and universities, however, if the same
standards were applied to all. In short, something very much like the quota limits that were applied to Jews in the
past are now being applied to Asian Americans — and, once again, are being justified by diversity. But what
justifies diversity? Nothing but unsupported assertions, repeated endlessly, piously and loudly.
Affirmative Actions. Affirmative action, for liberals, is a means toward the end of egalitarianism. The
policy originally sought to end discrimination in government employment but expanded into a quota system that taxpayer-funded
universities use against Caucasian women such as Abigail Fisher, Jennifer Gratz, and Barbara Grutter. Affirmative
action also discriminates against Asian-Americans. The University of Texas policy that led to Fisher sought to increase
African-American and Hispanic enrollment while ignoring Asian-Americans, who have higher average SAT scores. In amicus
briefs, the Asian American Legal Foundation noted that ["]racial preferences in college admissions programs ...
discriminate against Asian-American applicants by deeming them overrepresented relative to their demographics in the
population and thus less worthy of admission than applicants of underrepresented races.["]
club's 'affirmative action bake sale' draws scrutiny. The Young Conservatives of Texas club at the University
of Texas at Austin sparked outrage Wednesday after hosting an "affirmative action bake sale" and charging people different
prices based on their race and sex. The Dallas Morning News reported that a cookie at the sale cost $1.50 for Asian
males, $1 for white males and 50 cents for African-American and Hispanic males. Native American men and women were given
free cookies. Asian women had to pay $1.25, white women 75 cents and Hispanic and African-American women 25 cents.
Court Upholds Affirmative Action in College Admissions. The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday [6/23/2016] upheld
the affirmative action program at the University of Texas at Austin, ending a protracted legal battle. The vote was
4-3. It was not immediately clear how far-reaching the ruling will be because of the specifics of the Texas program at
issue. However, the court offered a grudging agreement that in the Texas case the program is needed.
App Helps Illegal Aliens Access U.S. College Scholarships. Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca found it hard to find
money for college after graduating from North Hollywood High School in Southern California. She was brought to the
state illegally from Mexico by her parents when she was 4, but following a free K-12 education, she faced paying tuition for
college — something she said she could not afford. [...] The app also has a map that tells illegal aliens which
states allow them to pay in-state tuition and which states allow them to pay in-state tuition, plus have access to financial
aid. The article explained that Salamanca started the app after winning $100,000 in the Voto Latinos Innovator
Challenge contest and also received $25,000 from an anonymous donor. Salamanca is now, the article said, in the U.S.
legally and has been honored by the Obama administration and Facebook.
Reaction to the article above:
Illegal Alien Gets a Free Education.
[Scroll down] My knee-jerk reaction was to exclaim, which I did out loud — boo-freaking-hoo! Poor
illegal immigrant brought to our country illegally, which means her and her family is not supposed to be here in the first
place and after receiving an entirely free American education (as well as a myriad of other freebies) now has the nerve to
whine about having to pay for college. That is bad enough, but it gets worse. Rather than sucking it up and
finding a way to pay for college, or just not going, "Salamancadecided to find a way to help illegal aliens gain access to
college scholarships..." She created an app called the DREAMer's Roundup. Only inAmerica! The app creates
a database of scholarships for illegals and already has at least 500 available.
Misleading and Using Blacks.
The issue for black parents is not whether their sons and daughters should be admitted to an elite college or one that is
lower-ranked. The issue is whether their sons and daughters should be admitted to a college where they would not be admitted
if they were white. The question for black parents and black people is: Which better serves our interests, a black student's
being admitted to an elite college and winding up in the bottom of his class or flunking out or a black student's being admitted
to a less prestigious college and performing just as well as his white peers? I would opt for a black student's doing well
and graduating from a less prestigious college.
Brown University unveils
$100 million plan to address campus diversity. Brown University has unveiled a $100 million plan aimed at boosting
diversity on its Rhode Island campus over the next 10 years, including doubling the number of faculty members from minority and
other underrepresented populations. The plan is spelled out in a 19-page document that Brown President Christina Paxson posted
on the Ivy League university's website earlier this week.
blast $20M Cal-Berkeley fund for race-based scholarships, hiring. The $20 million fund unveiled by a top
California university last month to endow scholarships for African-American students and to hire diverse faculty is just the
latest attempt to get around a state law barring schools from using racial preferences in admissions, according to critics,
who are vowing yet another legal battle. University of California-Berkeley's "African-American Initiative" would raise
funds from private non-profits to fund "a comprehensive effort to address the underrepresentation of African-American
students, faculty and staff at our university, and improve the climate for those who are here now and all who will join our
community in the future." The money would go to scholarships for black students, the hiring of race-specific clinical
psychologists and fostering a more diverse faculty and senior management, according to the school.
Whitewash: Kroll left dozens of bad LSATs out of UT report. An
investigation into the corruption of admissions standards at the University of Texas School of Law confirmed Watchdog's reports that
dozens of applicants had been admitted to UT Law despite atrocious test scores. Nonetheless, Kroll Associates made no mention in
its final report of the dozens of inadequate Law School Admission Test scores it found in researching applicant data from 2004 to 2014.
The Editor says...
How many of the students with "atrocious test scores" were admitted due to affirmative action quotas?
Dolezal sued Howard University for discriminating against her because she's white.
This was in 2002, before the "transition." [...] She lost the suit but Dolezal's issues with Howard
were well known to her family. Her history with the school is fascinating, in fact, and may be a
window onto why she began to try to pass as black in the first place.
about Rachel Dolezal.
I faked being black for med school. In the early 1990s, the Division of Community and
Minority Programs of the Association of American Medical Colleges devised Project 3,000 by 2000.
This program set the quantitative target (a quota — official or unofficial) of increasing
minority enrollment in US medical schools from 1,584 to 3,000 between 1990 to 2000. Many medical
schools, including St. Louis University, where I eventually attended, jumped on this program. But
the question was whether, in order to achieve their quantitative goal, medical schools were compromising
their academic standards, or were they simply going to aggressively recruit minority students?
groups accuse Harvard of racial bias in admissions. A coalition of Asian-American groups filed a federal
complaint against Harvard University on Friday alleging the school engaged in "systemic and continuous discrimination"
against Asian Americans during its admissions process. More than 60 Chinese, Indian, Korean and Pakistani groups
came together for the complaint, which was filed with the civil rights offices at the justice and education departments.
They are calling for an investigation into Harvard and other Ivy League institutions that they say should stop using racial
quotas or racial balancing in admission.
Affirmative Action Racism Facing New Threat. Finally, push is about to come to shove
regarding the systemic racism exercised in the name of diversity. Almost anyone paying attention
realizes that nearly all elite universities and colleges discriminate against Asian-Americans in
admissions policy. In those rare elite campuses that don't discriminate, such as the University of
California system (where voters passed an initiative outlawing it) and California Institute of
Technology, the most selective campuses have 40% to 50% Asian-American undergraduate student bodies.
But elsewhere, the numbers are far lower. Now, a large coalition organizations representing Asian-Americans
has filed a formal complaint with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights.
Kaling's Brother Says He Got Into Medical School By Posing As Black. On a website
promoting his book, [Vijay] Chokalingam writes that he realized when he was a junior at the
University of Chicago he didn't have the grades or the MCAT score to get into medical school.
According to Chokalingam, he had a GPA of 3.1 and a score of 31 on the MCAT, which ranks in the
80-85 percentile for the test. "Still, I was determined to become a doctor and I knew that
admission standards for certain minorities under affirmative action were, let's say... less stringent?"
Penalized 50 Points On SAT — Black Students Given 230 Bonus Points. Don't
let your jaw drop too far, this fundamental change is not just happening in college application
processes. This exact same methodology is also being applied to Credit Scores for home mortgages
and car loans.
Affirmative Action Lawsuit Could Decrease African American Students by 50% at Elite Universities. On Monday
[11/17/2014], federal lawsuits against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were filed
alleging that both universities discriminated against white and Asian American students as a result of their race-based
affirmative action policies. Moreover, according to an AP article, the lawsuit against Harvard alleges that the
prestigious university has a limit for the number of Asian Americans it admits each year.
action lawsuits hit Harvard and UNC. Lawsuits filed Monday [11/17/2014] against
Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill argue that affirmative action
policies should be banned at colleges across the nation. The federal suits allege Harvard and UNC
rely on race-based affirmative action policies that impact admissions of high-achieving white and
Asian-American students. The Harvard lawsuit also contends that the Ivy League university
specifically limits the number of Asian-Americans it admits each year.
Sues Latino Caucus for Not Giving Her Latino Scholarship. A Muslim student with a
Muslim father and Latino mother is suing the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation (ILLCF)
for not giving her a scholarship even though she was a mediocre student and was accused of faking a
letter of recommendation.
of Texas can use race as factor in admissions, court rules. The University of Texas
can consider race in undergraduate admissions to promote diversity, a federal appeals court ruled
Tuesday [7/15/2014]. Acting in a lawsuit that the U.S. Supreme Court had sent back last year,
Judge Patrick Higginbotham wrote that considering race boosted the university's efforts to assemble
a diverse student body. "Universities may use race as part of a holistic admissions program where
it cannot otherwise achieve diversity," Higginbotham wrote. "This interest is compelled by the
reality that university education is more the shaping of lives than the filling of heads with
facts — the classic assertion of the humanities."
The Editor says...
In other words, indoctrination and multiculturalism are more important than marketable skills.
prof says stats prove school's admissions illegally favor blacks. Public universities
in California are barred from using race as a factor in admitting students, but a UCLA professor who
once served on its admissions oversight team says he has proof they do it anyway. While the first
round of admissions consideration is handled fairly, African-American students are nearly three
times as likely to make it out of the "maybe" pile than equally-qualified white students, and more
than twice as likely as Asians, according to Tim Groseclose, a political science professor at the
school and author of a new book [...]
End to Racial Preferences. Last week's U.S. Supreme Court 6-2 ruling in Schuette v.
Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action et al. upheld Michigan's constitutional amendment that bans
racial preferences in admission to its public universities. Justice Sonia Sotomayor lashed out at
her colleagues in a bitter dissent, calling them "out of touch with reality." She went on to make
the incredible argument that the amendment, which explicitly forbids racial discrimination, itself
amounts to racial discrimination. Her argument was that permissible "race-sensitive admissions
policies," the new name for racial preferences, both serve the compelling interest of obtaining the
educational benefits that flow from a diverse student body and inure people to the benefit of racial
minorities. By the way, no one has come up with hard evidence of the supposed "educational
benefits" that come from a racially mixed student body, and there's mounting evidence of harm done to
minorities through academic mismatching.
In Washington, It's
Politics "By Any Means Necessary". The Supreme Court, in a moment of unusual clarity, ruled last week that
the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment did not prohibit states from requiring public universities to treat
applicants of different races equally. Or, in other words, equal protection is not opposed to (14th Amendment)
equal protection. It is a powerful testimony to the Orwellian nature of our legal world that such a question arose
in the first place and that two Justices could be found to dissent from the ruling. The full name of the original
plaintiff, however, reveals much: "Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration and Immigration Rights and
Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary."
Court Upholds Michigan Affirmative Action Ban. The justices said in a 6-2 ruling Tuesday [4/22/2014]
that Michigan voters had the right to change their state constitution to prohibit public colleges and universities
from taking account of race in admissions decisions.
Supreme Court upholds Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college
admissions. In upholding a ban on the use of race in admission decisions at Michigan's public
universities, the U.S. Supreme Court didn't end affirmative action — they just very strongly upheld
the right of voters to ban it.
Antonin Scalia faults Sonia Sotomayor for 'doubly shameful' suggestion that
Michigan voters are racist. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia faulted Justice Sonia Sotomayor for making
what he regards as a "shameful" suggestion that the Michigan voters who decided to ban affirmative action in college
admissions were motivated by racism. Scalia wrote a concurring opinion upholding a 2006 ballot initiative that
amended Michigan's constitution to ban affirmative action. [...] Sotomayor, in her dissent, opened by describing three
stages of "the majority" discriminating against racial minorities in the political process, beginning with the Jim Crow
laws that flouted the 15th Amendment.
'Leave the decision of affirmative action up to the people. Charles Krauthammer told viewers Tuesday
on "Special Report with Bret Baier" that Tuesdays Supreme Court opinion that effectively ends affirmative action at
public universities in Michigan was a sound decision. "The left is trying to institutionalize affirmative
action to make it impossible for any legislature or any referendum ever to abolish it ever in the history of the
country," the syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor said. "An outrageous proposition that was rejected
by the court." Krauthammer said the issue should be decided on a state-by-state basis.
affirmative action ruling: A step towards respecting states' rights. With its ruling upholding the right
of Michigan voters to ban racial preferences in state university admissions, the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John
Roberts on Tuesday took what legal scholars are saying one more step away from the concept of federal supremacy.
The 6-2 decision reversed a 2012 ruling by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals that struck down the voter initiative on
the grounds that it violated the 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause, and carved out more power for the states over
Washington in the process.
Preferences Forever. What was called "racial quotas" in the 1970s and has been referred to as
"affirmative action" since the 1990s is giving way to a new term: "race-sensitive admission policies."
The language shift is telling — race-based preferences are losing intellectual, judicial, and political
support. — Yesterday, the Supreme Court voted six to two to uphold the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative
(MCRI), which was passed with support from 58 percent of that state's voters in 2006. It simply enshrines
in Michigan's constitution that the state should not engage in race discrimination. Opponents of the initiative
sued, claiming the measure discriminated against racial minorities who might wish to lobby for preferential treatment.
Lack of Affirmative Action Isn't Why Minority Students Are Suffering. In a 6-2 decision, the Court
held that a ballot initiative by Michigan residents to bar the use of race preferences as a factor of admission
was constitutional. On a Court that has consistently issued closely contested opinions — often
in 5-4 decisions — the overwhelming majority of the Justices recognized the importance and the legality
of people in several states like Michigan to prohibit the use of race as a factor in admissions. Despite the
commentary to the contrary which is likely to follow in the coming days, the Court did not address whether colleges
or universities could use race as a factor of admission — they wisely left the decision to the voters
in individual states to make such a decision.
Court upholds Michigan's ban on racial preferences in university admissions. The Supreme Court on
Tuesday [4/22/2014] made clear that states are free to prohibit the use of racial considerations in university
admissions, upholding Michigan's constitutional amendment banning affirmative action. By a vote of
6 to 2, the court concluded that it was not up to judges to overturn the 2006 decision by
Michigan voters to bar consideration of race when deciding who gets into the state's universities.
Going Negative On
Affirmative Action. The good news about yesterday's Supreme Court ruling is that it affirmed
the right of the people to ban racial preferences in university admissions. The bad news is that it
didn't go further.
Scalia's plain truth
on affirmative action. [The US Supreme Court] issued a major ruling that upheld Michigan's 2006
constitutional amendment banning the use of affirmative action as a factor for admission in the state's public
universities. That amendment had been adjoined to the state's constitution following an election in which
nearly 4 million votes were cast — and in which the side supporting the amendment prevailed by
a 16-point margin, 58 percent to 42 percent. No matter; in a highly provocative 2011 ruling,
the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals declared it unconstitutional. The Supreme Court on Tuesday, with a
6-2 vote, threw the 6th Circuit's ludicrous decision onto the trash heap of history's discarded ideas.
Sotomayor and the affirmative action bitter-enders have lost bigtime. There is a growing body of
experience indicating that the phenomenon known as "mismatch" results in minorities being placed in situations
where they cannot compete with the more-qualified students who received no such preferences. The results
have been high drop-out rates, leaving failed students worse off than if they had been admitted to institutions
where their qualifications were similar to those of other students. This is precisely what has happened
with the end of racial preferences in California following the passage of Proposition 209.
Latina jumped the shark. Justice Sonia Sotomayor jumped the shark Tuesday with her lengthy dissent
from the Schuette decision, read aloud from the bench. Although the liberal media sympathize with
her and presented the decision as a setback, the positions she took are at variance with both the clear meaning
of the text of the Constitution and with the sentiments of the vast majority of Americans, who consistently vote
against racial preferences whenever they get the chance.
a Win on Racial Discrimination. There's a reason they call it "progressivism" — for
years, the main legal question contested in affirmative-action cases, from Bakke to Grutter,
was whether the state should be allowed to engage in racial discrimination. In the Michigan
affirmative-action case decided today [4/22/2014], Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative
Action, the question was whether the state should be required to engage in racial discrimination.
The progress, then, has followed the Left's familiar ratchet-effect model, inching its way from "not
forbidden" to "compulsory." Indeed, as the Wall Street Journal put it, the question
here was not whether the use of racial discrimination for putatively benevolent purposes is constitutional
but whether states "may end racial preferences without violating the U.S. Constitution."
Preferences Hide. Any person attempting to overcome hardship can look to Sotomayor for inspiration.
But as she demonstrated in her long, impassioned dissent in the case of Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative
Action, the experience of benefiting from race preferences has left her prickly and defensive on the subject.
As others, including her Supreme Court colleague Justice Clarence Thomas, have argued, that kind of gnawing insecurity
is one of the consequences of preferences. Others are never sure if you've achieved your position entirely on
merit, and neither are you.
Finally getting it right on affirmative action. Every once in
a while a great, conflicted country gets an insoluble problem exactly right. Such is the Supreme Court's ruling
this week on affirmative action. It upheld a Michigan referendum prohibiting the state from discriminating either
for or against any citizen on the basis of race. The Schuette ruling is highly significant for two reasons:
its lopsided majority of 6 to 2, including a crucial concurrence from liberal Justice Stephen Breyer, and,
even more important, Breyer's rationale. It couldn't be simpler. "The Constitution foresees the ballot box,
not the courts, as the normal instrument for resolving differences and debates about the merits of these programs."
Sonia Sotomayor proves herself not so wise. Justice Sonia Sotomayor this week took the
unusual step of reading her dissent in a case involving state-sponsored affirmative action in
Michigan. In doing so, she showed herself not only petulant to be on the losing side in a 6-2
decision, but unable to divorce her legal reasoning from her own sense of racial grievance. It was
an embarrassing but predictable performance. In 2009, I was one of a handful of witnesses who
testified against Sotomayor's confirmation before the Senate Judiciary Committee. I did so with
sadness, because there is much to admire in Sotomayor's personal history.
Affirmative Action In California. The express train hurtling to return racial preference
admissions to California — in the form of State Constitutional Amendment 5, which if
placed on the ballot and approved by voters would have overturned Prop. 209 — has just been
derailed by an outburst of opposition from Asian Americans. The eruption of opposition caught SCA 5's
Democratic sponsors by surprise and caused a crucial three Asian American senators to withdraw their support,
depriving the measure of the two thirds senate majority required to place an initiative on the ballot.
spoils system starting to fall apart in California. California's ruling Democrats are in danger of splintering
their coalition over an attempt to re-introduce affirmative action, which has been banned ever since the passage of
Proposition 209 in 1996, which banned the use of racial preferences by the state, including in higher education.
Under Siege. Two recent events, one on the West Coast and one on the East Coast, demonstrate that after
half a century, support for racial preferences in college admissions is getting more and more unsustainable —
both politically and intellectually. In California, liberals have long deplored the 1996 passage of Proposition 209,
which banned racial preferences at state universities. Its backers pointed out that the 1964 Civil Rights Act,
which is often cited as the authority for mandating preferential treatment for racial minorities, actually forbids
all racial discrimination. "It is a sordid business, this divvying us up by race," Supreme Court chief
justice John Roberts has concluded.
Supreme Court justices' comments seem
to favor Michigan affirmative action ban. The Supreme Court appeared eager during oral arguments Tuesday [10/15/2013] to uphold a Michigan
ban on affirmative action, with the justices even considering whether they would need to overrule previous precedents to make sure the state's color-blind
school admissions requirement can remain in place.
False Equality in Michigan. Can a state's citizens
amend the state constitution to ban affirmative action programs in public universities, even if the Supreme Court has approved those programs? That
is the question the court is facing this week in the case of Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action. The court last considered an
affirmative action case out of Michigan in 2003, when it upheld the race-conscious admissions policy of the University of Michigan Law School.
Black Skin Privilege.
This collectivist view of guilt and debts that erases individuals and their accountability is now entrenched in America's institutional framework.
In the 1970s, affirmative action was successfully redefined to mean racial preferences for non-whites, and a new standard was set for admissions policies
at universities across the United States. Though black students' median SAT scores in any given year were at least 200 points lower than
the median for white students,' blacks were admitted to virtually all academically competitive schools at much higher rates. [...] Inevitably the
racial bias does not stop with the admissions process. Once a university accepts black students, under-qualified for that school though they
may be, it is imperative that they remain in school and eventually graduate, poor performance notwithstanding.
confronting failure of affirmative action. A new report from researchers at Georgetown University must be horrifying
diversicrats at elite colleges and universities. The report's title, "Separate and Unequal: How Higher Education Reinforces the
Intergenerational Reproduction of White Racial Privilege," gives away the conclusion of the study. Despite all the efforts at
affirmative action, as a whole, the top tier of colleges is making racial inequality worse, rather than better.
Administrators at NC University Allegedly Inflate Grades of African-American Students. Two things immediately come to mind
when reading these allegations: First, not only is it immoral and presumably in violation of the school's honor code to inflate grades
for undeserving students, but it's completely unfair to those whom [sic] worked hard for the grades they undoubtedly earned.
And second, how offensive! The notion that any group of students — merely because of the color of their skin — needs
to be "taken care of" by a small group of "administrators" is repugnant on its face.
Fisher says she's confident UT 'won't be able to use race in the future'. Abigail Fisher, a 23-year-old at the center of this
year's Supreme Court case on affirmative action, predicts that Monday's [6/24/2013] decision will mark the end of race-based admissions at
the University of Texas. Just hours after the court sent her case back to the district level, Fisher said the decision brought the
nation "closer to a day when student's race isn't used at all in students' admissions."
discussion may crowd out scandals in wake of Supreme Court affirmative action decision. Get set for a Supreme Court
decision that could alter or even end affirmative action. Or not. Predicting SCOTUS decisions is hazardous, but
Fisher v University of Texas could plunge the nation into heated discussion of the role of racial preferences in education and beyond.
The Real Damage from Racial Preferences in College
Admissions. Three members of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Todd Gaziano, Gail Heriot, and Peter Kirsanow, filed an
amicus brief with the Supreme Court in the Fisher case. Their Commission found "extensive empirical research" showing that
"students who attend schools where their entering academic credentials put them in the bottom of the class are less likely to follow
through" pursuing a major in science or engineering than other students with similar credentials "who attend schools where their
credentials put them in the middle or top of the class." The Commission found the same thing to be true in law schools [...]
Even in Medical School, Affirmative Action
Rules. When it comes to becoming a physician, the academic rigors, years of schooling, and personal sacrifice common to the effort are
well-known. This process is a sort of rite of passage, an intellectual marathon that only the best and brightest can complete. As such,
medical schools should select candidates best-suited to excel throughout school and cultivate the skills that will allow them to practice in the best
health care system in the world. The process by which these candidates are selected, however, may come as a shock.
Equal Treatment Under the Law. Ward Connerly says the
Supreme Court's upcoming ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas may help kill racial preferences once and for all.
Another Reason to End Preferences.
Arguably the most notable brief filed in the Supreme Court's big case on affirmative action comes from a pair of lawyers who have just published a book
on the subject. The case is Fisher v. Texas, and the coauthors are Richard Sander, who is also an economist, and Stuart Taylor, the legal
affairs writer. The argument they press is that "the biggest problem for minorities in higher education is no longer race but rather racial
The Painful Truth About Affirmative
Action. Affirmative action in university admissions started in the late 1960s as a noble effort to jump-start racial integration and foster
equal opportunity. But somewhere along the decades, it has lost its way. Over time, it has become a political lightning rod and one of our
most divisive social policies. It has evolved into a regime of racial preferences at almost all selective schools — preferences so
strikingly large and politically unpopular that administrators work hard to conceal them.
Court may limit use of race in college admissions. More than a half-century after the Supreme Court ordered the University of Texas to
admit a black man to its law school, the sprawling live-oak-and-limestone campus is again the site of a monumental battle over the use of race in
university admissions. But this time the challenge comes from a white woman.
Eric Holder: Racial Preferences Needed
for ... National Security. The Eric Holder Justice Department has filed this brief in the United States Supreme Court defending racial
preferences at the University of Texas. (Texas, by the way, is also vigorously defending the racial preferences.) Abigail Fisher, who is
white, is challenging race preferences that cost her a slot at the University of Texas law school. Because the racial spoils go to Obama's most
loyal political constituency, people of color, naturally Eric Holder's Justice Department is defending them by spending your tax dollars paying lawyers
to write the brief.
Obama Lawyers Urge High Court to Back
Affirmative Action. The Obama administration urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reaffirm the legality of race-based college admissions, as the
justices prepare to review the affirmative action programs that have become fixtures at the nation's top universities. The high court will hear
arguments Oct. 10 on a white woman's contention that she suffered racial discrimination when the University of Texas rejected her application for
urges justices to continue college affirmative action admissions. The Obama administration urged the Supreme Court on Monday [8/13/2012] to
continue to allow universities to take race into account when assembling their student bodies, saying the government has a "vital interest" in drawing its
leaders from a diverse pool of college graduates. The administration supported the University of Texas, whose policy of considering race as one
factor in deciding who will be admitted to the flagship university in Austin is being challenged.
You Didn't Build It... because I Didn't Earn It.
It isn't socialism that explains Obama's dismissive "you didn't build that" remark toward people of talent and individual initiative; it's the culture
of affirmative action. As I listened to Obama's silly, if not pathetic, comments, I was reminded of nothing so much as the comments and attitudes
of people like him: the so-called "multicultural" affirmative-action students one encounters in colleges and universities. These are
people who, like Obama, earned little except a greased skid because of the color of their skin. [...] Obama knows he didn't have what it took to
get into Columbia, and he didn't have what it took to get into Harvard Law. Let's face an inescapable reality. If Obama had great grades,
his transcripts would be in a full-page ad in the New York Times.
court upholds California affirmative action ban in state university admissions. Affirmative action proponents took a hit
Monday [4/2/2012] as a federal appeals court panel upheld California's ban on using race, ethnicity and gender in admitting students
to public colleges and universities.
Affirmative Action? Later this year, the Supreme Court will review the constitutionality of the
use of racial preferences in college admissions in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas. The
battle lines will once again be drawn over the meaning of the equal-protection provisions of the Constitution.
So it's noteworthy that Attorney General Eric Holder has just made it clear he's never bumped into a racial
preference he didn't like, and that he sees no time limit on such policies.
Court to hear challenge to college affirmative action. The Supreme Court is wading into the sticky issue of
race as a factor in college admissions, setting the stage for a highly charged legal debate in the middle of a presidential
race over the constitutionality of affirmative-action policies in higher education. The high court said Tuesday [2/21/2012]
that it would hear this fall a challenge brought by a college student, Abigail Fisher, who says her civil rights were
violated when she was denied entry to the University of Texas because she is white. It is the first university
affirmative-action case in nearly a decade.
SCOTUS may scrap affirmative
action. It's time to end affirmative action in higher education. Even Justice Sandra Day O'Connor
envisioned an end to it. In her majority opinion in Grutter v. Bollinger, which allows colleges and
universities to use race in their admissions process, she wrote, "We expect that 25 years from now, the use
of racial preferences will no longer be necessary..." It's been nine years since that decision, and the high
court is once again set to revisit the issue in a case brought by a white student who was denied a spot at the
University of Texas.
Justice Alito's Vote Change the Game? At issue is a lawsuit brought by Abigail Fisher, a white student, who
said she was denied admission to the University of Texas because of the color of her skin. If the justices vote
to hear the case, it could mean a majority of the court is willing to curtail or further restrict race-conscious
admissions policies at public universities.
Is Obama, Anyway? [Scroll down] Indeed, the great majority of elite black law students are
beneficiaries of racial preferences. A 2005 study* found:
"...without affirmative action, African American enrollment at the first-tier schools would decline by over
four-fifths and at each of the next two tiers by approximately two-thirds."
Action. In a culture quick to claim victim status, the existence of a concerted effort to
hush up systematic discrimination may seem surprising — particularly when that discrimination
is against women. Yet as the University of San Diego law professor Gail Heriot and Alison Somin write
in the Federalist Society's Engage, there's been a notable lack of public debate about pro-male bias in
the college admission process. It's an open secret, they explain, that a growing number of colleges are
holding male and female applicants to different standards to inflate the number of male students.
Preferences slow minority
advancement. The Supreme Court faces a discomfiting decision. If it chooses, as it should, to
hear a case concerning racial preferences in admissions at the University of Texas, the court will confront evidence
of its complicity in harming the supposed beneficiaries of preferences the court has enabled and encouraged.
Department: Diversity trumps 1964 anti-discrimination law. The Justice Department is telling
university administrators they can grant valuable university slots to people in favored races and ethnic
groups. The department's legal advice, announced late on Friday [12/2/2011], says "race can be outcome
determinative for some participants in some circumstances," when administrators are weighing who gets acceptance
letters from private and government-funded universities. But the letter also highlights advocates' growing
worries about a pending Supreme Court decision that could ban the use of race in awarding university slots.
Preferences in Wisconsin. The campus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison erupted this week
after the release of two studies documenting the heavy use of race in deciding which students to admit to
the undergraduate and law schools. The evidence of discrimination is undeniable, and the reaction by
critics was undeniably dishonest and thuggish.
Horrible Racial Preference Ruling in Michigan. On Friday [7/1/2011], a panel from the Sixth
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Michigan's ban on affirmative action. In a split decision,
Judges R. Guy Cole, Jr. and Martha Craig Daughtrey had the presumption to overturn the wishes of
a solid majority of Michigan voters who had approved the ban in a 2006 referendum ("Proposal 2").
The idea that two individuals could presume to annul the actions of a democratic majority is troubling.
Far more troubling is the fact that, rather than interpret the law as established by the referendum, a federal
court has decided once again to legislate from the bench.
Mich. Ban On Race In College Admissions
Illegal. A federal appeals court on Friday struck down Michigan's ban on the consideration of race
and gender in college admissions, saying it burdens minorities and violates the U.S. Constitution. The
2-1 decision upends a sweeping law that forced the University of Michigan and other public schools to change
admission policies. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the law, approved by voters in 2006,
violates the 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause.
The Editor says...
The court is saying, in effect, that reverse discrimination is necessary to insure "Equal Protection."
The court is also saying that elections don't matter as much as the opinions of
University Insiders: Illegal
Immigrants Get Affirmative Action. This week, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley signed a bill to require the
state's public universities to give undocumented aliens — generally illegal — in-state tuition
privileges. The bill, known as the Dream Act, is already the law in ten other states, including California, New York,
Texas and Illinois. But critics argue that the bill will give illegal aliens better treatment than Americans and
legal immigrants — thanks to existing diversity policies at universities.
The White Man's Burden.
[Scroll down] What also occurred to me while filling out the application is that every special category exists
aside from that of a white, straight male. If someone is gay or a woman or a person of color, the welcome mat
is laid out. But what about an ordinary Joe, a working-class stiff from Toledo? How does he get into
college when all the recruitment efforts are aimed at others?
Bias and Bigotry in Academia.
A decade ago, activist Ron Unz conducted a study of the ethnic and religious composition of the student
body at Harvard. Blacks and Hispanics, Unz found, were then being admitted to his alma mater in
numbers approaching their share of the population. And who were the most underrepresented Americans
at Harvard? White Christians and ethnic Catholics. Though two-thirds of the U.S. population
then, they had dropped to one-fourth of the student body.
Arizona Law Still Wrong If It Works? [Scroll down] Imagine you're an American kid of
Chinese ancestry. Given your SAT scores and GPA, you should be able to get into, say, the University of
Michigan. But because of Michigan's race-based policies, you're turned down because you're not black or
Hispanic. That's not just inconvenient, that's a lifetime loss. You'll never be able to go to that
school. Period. Similarly, being turned down for a job you deserve because of your skin color is a
Federal suit planned
against UC over ban on affirmative action. Seeking to increase the ranks of black, Latino and
Native American students at the University of California, civil rights activists said they will file a federal
lawsuit Tuesday [2/16/2010] challenging the state law that bans affirmative action in admissions.
Suit says college singled
out blacks. A former dean of the State University of New York at Cobleskill has filed a
whistleblower lawsuit against the school, saying it discriminated against black students by keeping them in
school for their tuition dollars when administrators knew they had no chance of earning a degree.
The Racism of
Diversity. Let's go over what the Naval Academy sees as an artificial achievement barrier.
A black candidate with B and C grades, with no particular leadership qualities, and 500 on both
portions of the SAT, is virtually guaranteed admittance. A white student, who's not an athlete, with such
scores is deemed not qualified. Many black students are admitted to the Naval Academy through remedial
training at the Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS) in Newport, R.I., which is a one-year post-secondary
school. Finishing the year with a 2.0 GPA, a C average, almost guarantees admission to the
academy. A C average for remedial work is nothing to write home about. Occasionally, when
students don't make the 2.0 GPA target, the target is renegotiated downward.
by any means necesssary. You may think racial and sexual discrimination is
(usually) wrong. But whether you call it "affirmative action" or "reverse discrimination," compensatory
racial and sex preference remains in wide use by governments and institutions of higher learning, for hiring,
contracts, and college admissions. A man named Ward Connerly has taken up the policy as his to fight.
Study" — A Bad Career Move. About five years ago, shortly before my term ended as a
Regent of the University of California (UC), I was having a casual conversation with a very high-ranking UC
administrator about a proposal that he was developing to increase "diversity" at UC in a manner that would
comply with the dictates of California's Constitution and the prohibition against race, gender and ethnic
preferences. As I listened to his proposal, I asked him why he considered it important to tinker with
admissions instead of just letting the chips fall where they may. In an unguarded moment, he told me that
unless the university took steps to "guide" admissions decisions, UC would be dominated by Asians.
Academic Liberals. Hypocrisy is part and parcel of the liberal academic elite. But the
American people, who fund universities either as parents, donors or taxpayers, should not accept this
evilness and there's a good way to stop it — cut off the funding to racially discriminating
colleges and universities.
Academic Mismatch I. Which serves
the interests of the black community better: a black student admitted to a top-tier law school, such as Harvard,
Stanford or Yale, and winds up in the bottom 10 percent of his class, flunks out, or cannot pass the bar
examination, or a black student admitted to a far less prestigious law school, performs just as well as his
white peers, graduates and passes the bar?
Universities Are Living a Diversity Lie. Thirty years ago this past week, Supreme Court Justice
Lewis F. Powell Jr. condemned our nation's selective colleges and universities to live a lie.
Writing the deciding opinion in the case Regents of the University of California v. Bakke, he prompted
these institutions to justify their use of racial preferences in admissions with a rationale most had never
considered and still do not believe — a desire to offer a better education to all students. To this
day, few colleges have even tried to establish that their race-conscious admissions policies yield broad
Jews? A young man who was brought to the United States as a toddler, Jian Li, has
shaken up the civil rights establishment and Ivy League colleges and rekindled a fierce debate over
racial preferences at America's elite institutions of higher learning. For parents and applicants
navigating the college admissions process, Li has stoked fears that the deck is stacked against even
the most able students.
Distraction: Thirty years ago last week, the Supreme Court handed down its Bakke decision, hoping to
end the argument over the constitutionality of affirmative action in college admission. But with hindsight,
it's clear that the justices mainly helped hasten the end of serious discussion about racial justice in America.
As they set the stage for a lasting argument over who should get into college, the wound of race continued to fester,
unhealed, and our politics moved on.
discrimination on the ballot in Michigan. Discrimination by race has never had such respectable
defenders as it is garnering in Michigan right now. It is backed by the Democratic governor and her
Republican opponent. By the ACLU and the Michigan Catholic Conference. By General Motors and
Ford. They are all rallying against the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, a ballot measure that would
eliminate racial preferences for "public employment, education or contracting purposes." That includes,
most controversially, college admissions. Racial preferences in admissions have now achieved a status
close to free speech and tenure as operating principles of American higher education.
Opponent of racial
preferences takes quest to Michigan. California's champion of color-blind college admissions has
made his way to Michigan and is aggressively promoting a measure similar to Proposition 209, which outlawed the
use of racial preferences in admissions to California's public colleges 10 years ago.
Michigan Prefers Equality. Ward
Connerly has done it again: A striking 58% of Michigan voters gave the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative
a thumbs up; only three counties voted against it. The language of the MCRI closely tracks California's
1996 Proposition 209, also led by Mr. Connerly. It amends the Michigan Constitution to "ban public
institutions from using affirmative-action programs that give preferential treatment to groups or individuals
based on their race, gender, color, ethnicity or national origin for public employment, education or
White teen sues UT over admissions policy.
An 18-year-old Sugar Land student sued the University of Texas at Austin on Monday [4/7/2008], challenging the
school's use of racial preferences in its admissions policy.
Blacks Against Busing: The January
1994 edition of the newsletter of the National Association for Neighborhood Schools reports on two Missouri officials, both
black, who oppose the continued forced busing of children. St. Louis Mayor Freeman Bosley questions the point of
sending almost 14,000 black youngsters out of their own neighborhoods, instead of working to improve the nearby schools
and making them safe for all.
Mismatching Students for Dollars.
Reactions among academics have been all too predictable to the decision of the 5th Circuit of Appeals, banning the
affirmative action admissions policy at the University of Texas law school. The president of the university says that
a ban on affirmative action would lead to the "virtual resegregation of higher education." A professor at the law
school predicted, "You will have lily-white universities across the United States." Time will prove how ridiculous
these remarks are but, even before that happens, it is worth understanding why.
Dumbing Down America's
Colleges: Wake Forest University, Bates, Bowdoin, and a few other small schools have recently
decided to make the SAT optional for students applying for admission. Their argument for getting rid of
these tests is that it will fling open the doors to "diversity" among the student body. Wake Forest
President Nathan Hatch made the ludicrous claim that jettisoning the SAT would help the school, "move closer
to the goals of greater educational quality and opportunity."
Goodbye SAT? "By making
the SAT and ACT optional, we hope to broaden the applicant pool and increase access at Wake Forest for groups
of students who are currently underrepresented at selective universities," said Martha Allman, director of
admissions, in the WFU's new release. She argued that downplaying the role of standardized tests would
demonstrate how the university values "individual academic achievement" and "talent and character." The
change is also supposed to help "diversify" college's application base.
State Bar of California, Civil Rights Group Spar Over
Affirmative Action. "Currently only about one in three African-Americans who goes to an American law
school passes the bar on the first attempt and a majority never become lawyers at all," says UCLA law professor
Richard Sander. In an article published in the Stanford Law Review, Sander and his research team concluded
several thousand would-be black lawyers either dropped out of law school or failed to pass the bar because of
Ending Racial Preferences: It's About
Time. The Educational Opportunity Program started out with great promise … but it soon
transmogrified into a program that lowered standards and radicalized students in the process. The
university not only admitted students whose academic preparation made it nearly impossible for them to
succeed, but it permitted many to remain in school despite failing grades. Worse, the program's
organizers encouraged students to take largely segregated ethnic studies courses, whose primary purpose
was to forge ethnic solidarity and reinforce students' feelings that they were victims of a racist society
bent on their destruction.
Affirmative Action Backfires.
Three years ago, UCLA law professor Richard Sander published an explosive, fact-based study of the consequences of
affirmative action in American law schools in the Stanford Law Review.
Easily the most startling conclusion
of his research: Mr. Sander calculated that there are fewer black attorneys today than there would
have been if law schools had practiced color-blind admissions — about 7.9% fewer by his reckoning.
The other day, a guy at work was telling me about another university employee who has been siphoning gas from
one of the university vehicles. It's understandable that he'd want to steal gas.
But the funny thing
is that the university appears unwilling to do anything about what seems to be an obvious case of larceny.
And, oh yes, I forgot to mention that the employee just happens to be a black male.
Getting Beyond Race: Despite
what affirmative action supporters often imply, academic ability matters. Although some students will
outperform their entering credentials and some students will underperform theirs, most students will succeed
in the range that their high school grades and SAT scores predict. Leapfrogging minority candidates into
elite colleges where they often become frustrated and fail hurts them even more than the institutions.
It creates the illusion that we are closing racial disparities in education when in fact we are not.
Black Student Enrollment at UCLA Plunges.
Many critics put the blame squarely on Proposition 209, a ballot measure backed by former UC Regent Ward
Connerly, which outlawed racial preferences in admissions. Since the law took effect a decade ago,
black enrollment at UCLA has dropped 57 percent. But Connerly says inferior schools are at
fault, not his law. … Last year, more than 45,000 students applied to UCLA. Connerly says there are
simply too few blacks who make the grade on the only standard that should count: academic merit.
Michigan voters approved discrimination ban, but opponents of the measure persist.
Likely on Affirmative Action. In the wake of a decisive Nov. 7 vote to prohibit race- and
gender-based preferences in employment, education and contracting, leaders in government and academia who
fought to preserve affirmative action are now hurrying to assess the impact. Officials said the response
is likely to start with a court challenge.
[Why have elections if the losers head straight to court?
UW admissions talks draw crowd.
Ward Connerly, who has been fighting affirmative action across the country for more than a decade, addressed
the committee at a hearing at the state Capitol. His appearance drew hundreds of university students,
most of them minorities, who turned out to express their support for the policy.
Legal fight against racial
ban intensifies. The ACLU and NAACP filed suit Tuesday [12/19/2006] against Proposal 2, the
latest salvo in a growing assault just four days before Michigan's ban on affirmative action was to take
effect. The challenge was filed on the same day a federal judge agreed to give three Michigan universities
a six-month delay before they stop using race as a consideration in admissions and financial aid.
Elites to Anti-Affirmative-Action Voters:
Drop Dead. In 1996, Californians voted to ban race and gender preferences in government and
education. Ten years later, the chancellor of the state-funded University of California at Berkeley,
Robert Birgeneau, announced a new Vice Chancellorship for Equity and Inclusion, charged with making Berkeley
more "inclusive" and "less hostile" to "underrepresented minority ... groups." This move is just the
latest expression of the University of California's unrelenting resistance to the 1996 voter initiative, in
every way possible short of patent violation.
Delay of Affirmative Action Ban
Rejected. A federal appeals court on Friday ordered Michigan's universities to stop using
affirmative action in admissions immediately — rejecting an agreement approved by a lower court to
let the institutions keep affirmative action for the current admissions cycle. The appeals court's
analysis also suggested that groups challenging Michigan's new statewide ban on affirmative action face
an uphill climb.
Guilty by admission: Elite colleges violate the
law. Using racial preferences to achieve a particular racial mix of students has been illegal for
at least the last twenty years. Yet many schools persist in treating applicants differently by race in
order to achieve racial diversity. The lingering presence of unlawful racial preferences makes applying
to college or professional school all the more difficult and admissions decisions all the more arbitrary.
Students need to know whether they are being treated in accordance with the law.
Prove": Part III. A few years ago, a book by William Bowen and Derek Bok paraded various
statistics that they interpreted as proving the success of policies of preferential admission of blacks to
colleges and universities. A chorus of praise for this study was heard throughout the media and echoed
in academia and among liberal politicians. The study was later cited in a landmark Supreme Court decision
on affirmative action. Not everyone thought this was a great study, however — or even an
adequate study. But no one was allowed access to the raw data on which the Bowen and Bok study was
based. So no one else could run the numbers for themselves and reach their own conclusions.
University of Michigan's Racial Quotas go to the
U.S. Supreme Court. Justices Scalia and Thomas wrote in their dissenting opinion against racial
preferences in the Michigan law school case (Grutter v. Bollinger): "…the University of Michigan
Law School's mystical 'critical mass' justification for its discrimination by race challenges even the most
gullible mind. The admissions statistics show it to be a sham to cover a scheme of racially proportionate
Back to the 1950s:
Africentric school to open in 2009.
After years of debate that has divided communities of every colour, Toronto's public school board voted tonight
to open an Africentric alternative school in September 2009. The junior kindergarten to Grade 5
school — believed to be a first in Canada — is expected to help tackle a 40 percent dropout
rate among black students.
century after Brown: The key fallacy underlying the civil rights vision
was that all black economic lags were due to racial discrimination. That assumption
has survived to this day, in the courts, in the media, in academia, and above all in politics.
a century after Brown: Part II. Medical authorities have long recognized
that a quack remedy that is harmless in itself can nevertheless be fatal in its effects,
if it keeps sick people from getting the treatment that can cure them. Racial mixing
and matching has been the great quack remedy for the educational lags of black school
children that has substituted for higher standards and harder work.
century after Brown: Part III. Although Brown v. Board of Education dealt
with race and with schools, its judicial philosophy spread rapidly to issues having
nothing to do with race or schools. In the half century since Brown, judges at
all levels have become unelected legislators imposing the vision of the political left
across a wide spectrum.
affirmative action produce more black lawyers? A new and provocative study on affirmative action,
which will appear in the Stanford Law Review this month, is attracting such attention that there is a special
click-through on the publication's Web site to field questions about it. The conclusions of the study,
that racial preferences at law schools produce fewer rather than more black lawyers, is already generating
controversy that is sure to only increase.
Black English May Create Yet Another Wall Around the Ghetto: The
Oakland school board has voted to recognize the lingo of blacks in inner-cities — which they haughtily label Ebonics
(a combination of "ebony" and "phonics") — as a second language. They are now going to apply for federal funds
to set up a bilingual education program of English and "Ebonics."
Myths about Race and School Performance: Fifty years after the Supreme
Court's Brown vs. Board of Education ruling, the debate about race and academic
performance has in many places gone terribly off the mark.
Call it as it is.
There's considerable unnecessary confusion and debate on public policy issues that would be more intelligently
discussed and resolved if we'd say what is actually meant rather than using euphemistic disguises.
Race Preferences: As Weekly Standard publisher Terry Eastland
noted, we didn't fight a civil war to end legacy admissions. Who cares what Breyer
personally thinks about legacies or anything else for that matter? In America, we
do not substitute justices' personal judgments of fairness for the text of
what purpose? It has been said that, when Ronald Reagan was governor of
California, someone told him that admitting students to the University of California on
individual performance alone could mean that all the students at Berkeley might be
Asian Americans. "So what?" was the Gipper's response.
"Affirmative Action" and College Graduation
Rates: When racial preferences were ended in California, there was much hysteria in the media,
with dire predictions that blacks would be kept out of higher education. Just recently, with much less
publicity, the fact has come out that there are now more black students in the University of California system
than there were when racial preferences and quotas were in effect.
Students: Civil-rights leaders, white liberals and college administrators seem to be more
concerned with black student enrollment rates and the heck with whether they graduate.
Education of Blacks in America:
Do Facts Matter? Part I: When elite liberal institutions like Stanford, Berkeley and the Ivy League
colleges have been scenes of racial apartheid and racial tensions on campus, have more conservative institutions that
have resisted quotas and preferences been better or worse in these respects?
Education of Blacks in
America: Do Facts Matter? Part II: Facts about other successful black schools,
past and present, get very little attention from the intelligentsia because the stories of these schools would
not forward the agendas of the left. In short, history is treated as just the continuation of politics by
Down Higher Education. Come November, voters in several states will not only be picking the next
president but deciding whether they want to end a system of racial preferences in public higher education and
government hiring and contracting. In 2006, voters in Michigan struck down racial preferences, as did
Californians and Washingtonians a decade earlier, and as many as five states will have that opportunity this
year if proposed initiatives in those states qualify for the ballot. But a new move is afoot to try to
circumvent the intent of those initiatives in higher education.
Of course he's a socialist.
[President Obama] apparently believes that the people of color of all races — Chinese, Malays,
Native Americans, Cubans, Hawaiians, Andaman Islanders, Indonesians, Eskimos, Philipinos, Africans, and even
Muslims — have been systematically persecuted by whites. That is bizarrely wrong as a point
of fact, if you just look at the actual majority of Asian kids in some of the best American universities
today; or if you look at the decades of foreign aid Americans have given to poor nations.
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