Completely by accident I read a piece recently in the reliably abysmal USA Today by a columnist named Yamiche Alcindor. Ya-meech-ee? Yahmekay? Yeah-mike? No matter. Ms. Alcindor (no relation to Lew) is the daughter of Haitian immigrants who have spent very few breaths at all explaining how their progenitors had nothing whatsoever to do with the 1804 genocide. They almost seem to act as though the whole sordid episode isn’t even their responsibility for which to apologize. I’ve received none, at least.
At any rate she attended Georgetown University, a devoutly nominal catholic institution founded in 1789 which has a 17% acceptance rate. I think voodoo is often practiced alongside Catholicism in a sort of Haitian religious patois. Either way, they’re practically indistinguishable theologies–I believe Francis just issued an encyclical on the topic. So she’s plainly in good standing with the Georgetown founders’ intent. And there’s no reason to waste a prestigious slot on some American kid who has probably never even attempted to convert his neighbor into a zombie with tetrodotoxin.
So upon matriculation, she studied English and some exotic branch of theoretical physics called “African American studies.” While on campus she became involved with a racial supremacist organization called the “National Association of Black Journalists.” Praising this almost certainly FBI-infiltrated group, Yamiche gushed,
“It was amazing to see the commitment to diversity and to holding news organizations accountable for that,” she says. (But) “This country has still a long way to go,” she adds.
Right. It was amazing to see the commitment to diversity held by the association for black journalists. What’s that word ‘diversity’ mean anyway? Regardless, from high yellow all the way to blue gum, the NABJ is committed to diversity. But as she noted, this country still has a long way to go. Not only are whites still flouncing about with their heads attached, but some are even being admitted to elite universities in lieu of migrants from Hispaniola. In 2015.
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.
The coalition includes the Chinese-American Association of Orange County, in California; the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin, in New York; and the Pakistani Policy Institute, also in New York, Zhao told the network.
You know one thing the Chinese American Association, People of Indian Origin, and Paki Policy Institute simply will not countenance is racism. Though perhaps the most clever means to evade anti-asian discrimination would be to remain in Asia. Though I understand that is a complex maneuver, and people like their advice simple. So here it is: either purchase your own media outlets and politicians or start leveling cities until the gibs fall like rain. Universalist appeals don’t find much purchase with modern Ivy League Administrators. Let me offer an example.
Robert Iuliano, Harvard University General Counsel, said in a statement that the university uses a “holistic admissions process” that is “fully compliant with federal law” to build a diverse class. He added that over the past decade the percentage of Asian American students admitted to Harvard College has increased from 17.6% to 21%.
“We will vigorously defend the right of Harvard, and other universities, to continue to seek the educational benefits that come from a class that is diverse on multiple dimensions,” Iuliano said.
In other words, “You can keep ‘ching chonging’ until that sedge hat reaches escape velocity with you still beneath it. But we won’t be turning Harvard into a rice paddy until every last Weinstein is working at Goldman.”
Yet, Yukong Zhao, a 52-year-old Chinese-American author who helped organize the coalition, told The Wall Street Journal that there are longtime stereotypes of Asian applicants’ being “not creative enough or risk-taking enough, but that’s not true.”
Damn right it’s not true. Just look at that entrepreneurial spirit on display in the Chinese birth tourism industry. It’s inspirational really.
Meanwhile, other Asian-American groups and officials have released statements supporting affirmative action, including two members of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
“Neither of us believes that any racial or ethnic group should be subjected to quotas,” commissioners Michael Yaki and Karen Narasaki said. “Nor do we believe that test scores alone entitle anyone to admission at Harvard. Students are more than their test scores and grades.”
They are something much more than test scores and grades. They are social constructs. And being the right one of those makes all the difference. So what cosmic conflagration occurs when Yamiche Alcindor grapples with Yukong Zhao over the corpse of John Harvard?
The title tells it all.