Recall that we are usually told that whites harbor subconscious but powerful biases against blacks as people. If this is true, then it only makes clearer how artificial and sinister these “personality” rankings at Harvard have been, indirectly contravening how Implicit Association Tests so commonly indicate black people are perceived. This is, in a word, a hustle. Yet all indications—such as a memo from Harvard’s President Drew Gilpin Faust—are that Harvard will respond with dissimulations, pretending not to be doing to Asian students exactly what was done to tamp down Jewish admissions until well into the previous century.One of his points for years is that treating black and Latino students as inherently poor and disadvantaged is an insult to their parents and grandparents who fought their way into the middle and upper classes. It perpetuates a stereotype of suffering and oppression. The Ivies discriminate against the poor, not the brown.
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Affirmative Action for Actual Disadvantages
John McWhorter is my favorite linguistics professor to read, or to listen to on The Great Courses. This essay on affirmative action for black and Latino students is excellent. Because he is a linguist, he cares about the meanings of words and is precise with them. It puts him rather at odds with some other academics, especially at Berkeley.
Posted by Assistant Village Idiot at 9:33 PM