New York, NY – Racism against whites and Asians has spilled over into college admissions. Douglas Chan (not his real name) is noticeably nervous and twitchy, his fingernails are short not because he keeps them that way, but stress has caused him to chew on them till they’ve become little more than stumps. He’s at a study session for students at his High School and will be sitting for his Scholastic Assessment Test, better known as SAT for college in a little under a year. Just returning from summer vacation, he’s got a lot of catching up to do. Chan is an average student, but that’s not why he’s nervous, he’s nervous because he’s Asian-American. Every year, as thousands of Asian-Americans go to sit for their SATs, their SAT scores alone will be penalized by 50 points when they make their college applications.
Complaints about bias in college admissions are nothing new and have been around since the 1920s when a Harvard University president tried to cap the number of Jewish students. As recently as 2015, LA Times reported that it was possible to quantify the racial-scoring bias that colleges apply to SAT scores during the college admissions process. Based on available, documented SAT scores of students, it was found that African-American students received a “bonus” of 230 points on their SAT scores for college application, Latinos, 185 points and Asian-Americans, a penalty of minus 50 points. To put that in perspective, an Asian-American student has to score a whopping 280 points more than an African-American student just to be considered for admission into college.
Racism in college admissions is not new, but the Trump administration is finally doing something to end the aberration. Billed as “affirmative action policies”, college admissions “diversity quotas” are nothing more than a means by which to prejudice capable students from college admission solely on the basis of race.
In early August, the NY Times reported that the Trump administration was preparing to redirect resources of the Justice Department’s civil rights division toward investigating and suing universities over affirmative action admissions policies deemed to discriminate against white applicants.
Roger Clegg, a former top official in the civil rights division during the Reagan administration and the first Bush administration who is now the president of the conservative Center for Equal Opportunity, called the move “welcome” and a “long overdue” development as the United States becomes increasingly multiracial.
“The civil rights laws were deliberately written to protect everyone from discrimination, and it is frequently the case that not only are whites discriminated against now, but frequently Asian-Americans are as well.”
The move by the Trump administration also comes amidst growing evidence of college programs specially designed for African-American students to the exclusion of students of other races.
According to a Justice Department official who declined to be named when asked to comment about the potential administration moves,
“Imagine working your whole life to apply for college and being told that you can’t get in because of the color of your skin. Where I come from, that’s called racism.”
The Trump administration recognizes this disturbing trend and in order to prevent future violence, such as the kind that occurred in Charlottesville, has the tough task of unwinding close to a decade of racist policies under the Obama administration. According to a senior White House staffer who asked not to be named,
“We’re talking about almost a decade of institutionalized racism, sanctioned by Obama.”
“When you give a certain racial group special privileges and protections and try to roll them back, they’re naturally going to want to resist.”
The racism against whites and Asian-Americans doesn’t just exist in colleges, but in many of Silicon Valley’s top firms. According to an employee at one a NASDAQ-listed tech firm who asked not to be identified,
“There are diversity hires, which in my humble opinion don’t do anything for the company other than the fact that they’re from a racial minority. I mean that’s crazy right?”
“You have a founding team that’s almost usually all white, and then now we’re saying we need to mix things up just for the sake of it?”
Institutionalized racism was allowed to blossom under the Obama administration leading to the subjugation and oppression of the white majority. Today, thanks to “diversity hiring practices”, whites with relevant experience and advanced degrees are losing places in college and in some of our country’s top companies on the basis of “affirmative action” policies. According to a senior White House official who declined to be named,
“Institutionalized racism, of the kind enacted by the Obama administration does nobody any favors. It creates a mindset of dependency for the racial minority in favor and a climate of resentment for all other races.”
“It is the most divisive policy our country has ever seen.”
The systemic racist policies against whites by the Obama administration have given fuel to the rise of right-wing extremist groups such as white supremacists and white nationalists, a hitherto dying segment of our society, yet one that is rising in membership numbers as whites increasingly feel marginalized in a variety of settings. The official added,
“We need to stop feeding the fuel of racism, by abolishing racist laws in all their forms, to put an end to the violence that accompanies it.”