Asians v. Harvard, Release 2.0

Several weeks ago I discussed Students For Fair Admissions v. Harvard College in an essay on Minding The Campus, “Harvard Says Asians Lack Courage, Kindness, Likability.”

Harvard, Not Trump, Could Kill Affirmative Action,” my follow-up essay, appeared there yesterday.

How “Diversity” Looks From Across The Pond

For a perhaps surprising, eye-opening account of how our “diversity” policies look to an American black writer writing in the London Spectator, take a look at “The Diversity Trap,” a warning that “Britain seems to be following America down a dangerous path.”

Among its observations:

  • “There’s no reason to believe that proponents of affirmative action care whether or not the policy works. Nearly all of the data needed to adjudicate the wisdom of the policy has been kept secret for decades.”
  • “In the midst of a recent discrimination lawsuit, plaintiffs have unearthed evidence that Harvard consistently rated Asian-American applicants low on personality traits such as ‘courage’ and ‘kindness’, driving down their odds of being admitted. [See my discussion of this scandal here.] According to the New York Times, Harvard ‘fought furiously’ to keep this a secret.”
  • “Another minor scandal occurred more than a decade ago when two Harvard professors found that over half of its black students were not the intended beneficiaries of affirmative action — i.e., they were not the descendants of American slaves but the children of recent immigrants to the US. Since then, university administrators have blocked inquiries into the demographic make-up of black students at elite schools, sending a clear message: do not ask how we admit students, where they are from, and whether they thrive after they get here. In other words, do not ask for any data that bears on the questions of how, or if, affirmative action works. Proponents of affirmative action do not behave like adults instituting a wise policy by ethical means, but like adolescents guarding a dirty secret.”
  • “As a space gets more diverse, diversity advocacy does not decrease; it increases. Consider universities. Why do we see the most energetic demands for diversity and sensitivity in precisely the places that are already the most diverse and sensitive? Because diversity demands do not vary with the level of societal prejudice, but with the level of societal guilt. Where white guilt is endemic, demands to redress racism will be strongest, regardless of how much racism actually exists.”

Read the whole thing.

Sen. Diane Feinstein And The Decline Of The Democrats

There may be no better measure of the decline of the Democratic Party than the fact that Senator Diane Feinstein is now widely regarded as one of its wise, moderate elder statesmen. Even Politico seems to have noticed that something is amiss with the San Francisco Democrat. “If nominated to replace Anthony Kennedy on the […]

Patriotism? The EIGHTH Recycling of July 4th, With A Twist

Starting on July 4, 2002, and then six times over the years on subsequent July 4ths, I posted a copy of a short piece I’d published in The Nation as part of a collection of pieces on patriotism. (Yes, that Nation, with which, as explained in the posts, I had an association in a former […]

Hillary As Churchill? Hillary-ious!

In what must be the drollest item of the week, or longer (there haven’t been many droll items lately), Hillary recently told the Guardian that she wasn’t comparing herself to Churchill, after having just compared herself to Churchill. “I’m sure they said that about Churchill between the wars, didn’t they?” she flashes back sharply, a fraction too […]

Hypocrisy, Seen And Unseen

It would seem that nothing would be more deserving of a weary “So what else is new?” response than news of new partisan hypocrisy. You may think I am referring to the denunciation by the Democrats — speaking as one, or at least as a gaggle who   share the same scriptwriter — of the […]

Sauce For The Hen?

The saying, of course, is “What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander,” but a recent kerfuffle in Lexington, Virginia, raises the question of whether that injunction against double standards also applies to chickens. Friday night Sarah Huckabee Sanders, President Trump’s press secretary, was asked to leave the Red Hen restaurant because […]

Harvard’s “Diversity” Chickens Come Home To Roost

“Are You Now Or Have You Ever … ?”

Charlottesville (Cont.)

The New McCarthyism

Can You Believe Politico Just Wrote … ?

Letter: Prosecuting Protestors A Bad Idea

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More Shenanigans At UVa

Rather … Not

Michelle Obama On Affirmative Action As Black Privilege