Racial Lies, Racism and College Admissions

By Walter E. Williams

Asian American College Admissions Protest
Racial Lies, Racism and College Admissions
Walter E. Williams
Walter E. Williams

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Earlier this month, The New York Times ran an article titled “U.S. Rights Unit Shifts to Study Antiwhite Bias” on its front page.

The article says that President Donald Trump's Justice Department's civil rights division is going to investigate and sue universities whose affirmative action admissions policies discriminate against white applicants.

This is an out-and-out lie.

The truth is that the U.S. departments of Justice and Education plan to investigate racial bias in admissions at Harvard and other elite institutions where Asian-Americans are held to far higher standards than other applicants. This type of practice was used during the first half of the 20th century to limit the number of Jews at Harvard and other Ivy League schools.

Drs. Thomas Espenshade and Alexandria Radford documented discrimination against Asians in their 2009 award-winning book, “No Longer Separate, Not Yet Equal: Race and Class in Elite College Admission and Campus Life.”

Their research demonstrated that, when controlling for other variables, Asian students faced considerable odds against their admission. To be admitted to elite colleges, Asians needed SAT scores 140 points higher than whites, 270 points higher than Hispanics and 450 points higher than blacks. An Asian applicant with an SAT score of 1500 (out of a possible 1600 on the old SAT) had the same chance of being admitted as a white student with a 1360 score, a Latino with a 1230 and a black student with a 1050 score. Another way of looking at it is that among applicants who had the highest SAT scores (within the 1400-1600 range), 77 percent of blacks were admitted, 48 percent of Hispanics, 40 percent of whites and only 30 percent of Asians.

The case of Austin Jia is typical of what happens to Asian students. In 2015, Jia graduated from high school and had a nearly perfect score of 2340 out of 2400 possible points on the new SAT. His GPA was 4.42, and he had taken 11 Advanced Placement courses in high school. He had been on his school's debate team, been the tennis team's captain and played the violin in the all-state orchestra. His applications for admission were rejected at Harvard, Princeton and Columbia universities, as well as at the University of Pennsylvania.

Jia said that his rejection was particularly disturbing when certain classmates who had lower scores but were not Asian-American like him were admitted to those Ivy League schools.

California universities present an interesting case. At one time, they also discriminated against Asians in admissions, but now it's a different story. As of 2008, Asians made up 40 percent of the students enrolled at UCLA and 43 percent at the University of California, Berkeley. Last school year, 42 percent of students at Caltech were Asian. You might ask what accounts for the high numbers. It turns out that in 1996, Proposition 209 (also known as the California Civil Rights Initiative) was approved by California voters. The measure amended the state constitution to prohibit state governmental institutions from considering race, sex or ethnicity in the areas of public employment, public contracting and public education.

The experience of California, where racially discriminatory admissions policy has been reduced, suggests that if Ivy League universities were prohibited from using race as a factor in admissions, the Asian-American admissions rate would rise while the percentages of white, black and Hispanic students would fall. Diversity-crazed college administrators would throw a hissy fit.

By the way, diversity-crazed administrators are willing accomplices in the nearly total lack of racial diversity on their basketball teams. It's not unusual to watch games in which there's not a single white, Hispanic or Asian player.

Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz says, “The idea of discriminating against Asians in order to make room for other minorities doesn't seem right as a matter of principle.” Dershowitz is absolutely right, but he goes astray when he argues that investigating discrimination against whites raises a different set of questions. He says, “Generically, whites have not been the subject of historic discrimination.” Dershowitz's vision fails to see people as humans, because what human is deserving of racial discrimination?

About Walter E.Williams

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. Williams is also the author of several books. Among these are The State Against Blacks, later made into a television documentary, America: A Minority Viewpoint, All It Takes Is Guts, South Africa's War Against Capitalism, More Liberty Means Less Government, Liberty Versus The Tyranny of Socialism, and recently his autobiography, Up From The Projects.

  • 5 thoughts on “Racial Lies, Racism and College Admissions

    1. What are kids being taught in our universities today? A recent poll of university students revealed that 62% thought very favorably of socialism. These kids are being taught that the Unites States is a bad player on the world stage, that our nation’s history is one of racism, discrimination, violence, white supremacy, intolerance and unfairness to all, except the very white, wealthy and Christian elite. When teachers or professors spend time in class discussing social issues rather than the subject for which the class was designed, the results are what you see today on so many of our college campus’s today; students that are angry and intolerant, spoiled and fearful, enlightened yet dumb, diverse and guilty about not being diverse enough.

    2. A lot of PhD’s without an ounce of common sense. Playing educational politics has become part of their ideology. As a retired teacher I remember that some of the brightest students I had were Asian students. Their study habits far exceeded most of the student population. These guys/gals should all be required to teach at the high school level for at least 3 years before being a college professor just because they have the PhD.

    3. I taught my children and grandchildren the simple concept of “fair value.” We willingly pay a reasonable price for our purchases (food, clothing, transportation, entertainment, etc), as long as we receive a commodity of the same worth.

      But the education offered by liberal (east and west) coastal schools – no matter how respectable they may have historically been – is NOW hugely overpriced… their graduates can no longer earn enough to even pay off their student loans, much less achieve the upper-middle-class living standard that college educations used to provide. So-called “elite” schools have so drastically dumbed-down curriculum, and have concentrated so heavily on mind-numbing political correctness, that they produce Social Justice Warriors who have absolutely no marketable skills. These “snowflakes” cannot contribute to society in any meaningful way. And no, street rioting in the name of political activism does NOT count [not toward earning a living, nor toward career advancement].

      SOME higher-ed institutions do still offer the (classical and practical) formal educations that we – the older generation – received in the past… and my grandchildren, who do have and will retain multiple brain cells, will indeed avail themselves of that affordable option!

    4. Thank God I don’t have a kid in college!!
      With the way these kids act! I’d be dragging, mine home by their ear along with an @ss whoopin!
      I hope the left is very happy, They got morons for their money!
      Mine had to pay for themselves to go and they got what they paid for.
      A solid education they can be proud of. Tell the brats party times over!!

      1. Be happy yours are already through that. As the father of an academically and athletically gifted high school sophomore, I worry about our choices for schools in three years. If the numbers presented here are any indicator of what is to come, high-performing kids are being told, “Hey, it doesn’t matter how productive you are, if you don’t meet our guilty-conscience diversity numbers. Today, it seems lazy kids that rope-a-dope their way through school and get lower than average SATs get the scholarships and admissions if they have the correct pigment. Ivy League schools today are no great shakes anyway – just liberal training grounds for wannabe politicians and SJWs.

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