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April 10th Harvard Debate on Affirmative Action
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  1. They’ll ban any speaker “against AA” from campus.

  2. TangoMan says:

    If Asians are to gain more admissions shouldn’t part of the debate focus on which group shall be cut back in order to free up more spots for Asians?

    • Replies: @bomag
  3. Rehmat says:

    Ron UNZ – What do you mean by AFFIRMATIVE ACTION?

    If you mean FREEDOM OF SPEECH, it will never happen.

    In fact, such demand is considered ‘antisemitic’ at most Ivy League campuses. For example, last year professor Larycia Hawkins got fired from America’s prestigious Evangelic Wheaton College for saying on her Facebook that Christians and Muslims worship the same God or G-d.

    • Replies: @biz
  4. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Will there be a livestream of the debate? On youtube perchance?

  5. bomag says:

    This is the key question.

    Ron’s opponents suggest that this will reduce the classic NAM cohort.

    Ron suggests that the targets are kids of wealthy donors and various legacy admits.

  6. biz says:

    Ron UNZ – What do you mean by AFFIRMATIVE ACTION?

    If you mean FREEDOM OF SPEECH, it will never happen.

    It seems that your resident Mohammetean Tourettes case ran out of rupees to drop into the slot before he could look up what affirmative action means.

    I’ll help you out – although I won’t Google translate it into Sindhi, you’ll have to do that yourself – affirmative action is a system in the US where certain groups perceived to have disadvantages get official advantages in university admissions, job applications, and so on. (Relax… breathe… Jews are not one of these groups) Free speech, on the other hand, is the idea that individuals should be able to express an opinion on various issues without being subject to censure.

  7. MEH 0910 says:

    Perhaps even more concerning, Unz said, is Harvard’s lack of a concerted effort to achieve ideological diversity at Harvard.

    For example, Unz said he discussed affirmative action with a Republican Harvard student who said he would be vilified if he wrote an op-ed opposing affirmative action in the Crimson.

    That student believes there would even be calls for his expulsion.

    “The notion that something like that could happen at Harvard is outrageous,” Unz said.

  8. MEH 0910 says:

    I wondered when this shoe was going to drop. I’m surprised it took this long.

    Overseers Candidate Donates to ‘Quasi-White Nationalist’ Group


    Over the course of his career as a conservative intellectual and political activist, Ron K. Unz ’83—now a candidate for Harvard’s Board of Overseers and U.S. Senate in the state of California—has donated tens of thousands of dollars to an organization he describes as “quasi-white nationalist.”

    Unz’s public tax filings connect the Silicon Valley multimillionaire with VDARE, a group the Southern Poverty Law Center describes as an “anti-immigration hate website,” in addition to several writers who have published articles arguing that white people are genetically superior and homosexuality is a transmittable disease, among other extreme views.

    “I support all these different people and groups because they’re mostly totally broke and they write interesting things,” Unz said of his donations. “That’s the left, the right, all over the ideological spectrum.”

    While Unz has certainly busied himself with advocacy over the course of 2016, he has for years financially supported a number of fringe causes through a set of foundations and funds. In 2010, The One Nation One California Research and Education Fund donated $36,000 to VDARE over the course of several months, according to the One Nation’s 990 tax filings. Though the organization does not officially list Unz as a staff member on the tax filing, Unz said that he created and funds the group.

    VDARE was founded in 1999 by the Center for American Unity, an anti-immigration organization concerned with the “these emerging threats: mass immigration, multiculturalism, multilingualism, and affirmative action.”

    “Diversity per se is not strength, but a vulnerability,” the VDARE website reads. “It is a luxury that we can only afford as long as we preserve our breadwinner, the American people. recognizes that mass immigration both legal and illegal has driven America to the verge of bankruptcy.” The website also states that “Human differences are not social constructs.”

    Unz said he is well aware of VDARE’s ideology. “VDARE is probably one of the hardest core anti-immigrant webzines around, and I think it would be fair to characterize them as a quasi-white nationalist perspective,” he said. Peter Brimelow, the editor of VDARE, disagreed with the characterization of the site as white nationalist but conceded that it does publish white nationalist writers.

    “So I don’t regard us as a ‘white nationalist’ site although we certainly publish a few writers I would regard as ‘white nationalist’ in that they stand up for whites just as Zionists, Black Nationalists do for Jews, Blacks etc,” Brimelow wrote in an email. “We’re certainly politically incorrect,” he added.

    Beyond VDARE, Unz funds several individual writers and thinkers. The Unz Foundation, listed as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit, also funds a number of fellowships, providing each recipient with five- to six-figure unrestricted grants. Still, the grants come with some strings attached, as the “Unz Foundation does however take a strong interest in each of its grantees,” according to the fellowship contracts.

    The Unz Foundation’s most heavily financed fellow in 2008 was Gregory M. Cochran, who received $600,000 to serve as an “Unz Independent Scholar.” Cochran, then an adjunct anthropology professor at the University of Utah, has written that homosexuality may be spread by a “germ” and tied Jewish intelligence to genetics.

    Unz also gave $24,000 to VDARE writer Steven E. Sailer, who described his personal ideology in a blog post as “citizenism”— the belief that “Americans should be biased in favor of the welfare of our current fellow citizens over that of the six billion foreigners.” Sailer has also written about what he calls the “black-white IQ gap,” and argued that the devastation incurred by Hurricane Katrina indicated that African Americans “possess poorer native judgment” and “need stricter moral guidance from society.”

    Wow, Greg Cochran and Steve Sailer got mentioned in The Harvard Crimson!

    Unz said he has been public about his background and beliefs, publishing extensive political diatribes on his blogging platform “The Unz Review.” He added that he does not necessarily agree with the individuals and groups he funds, but likes to spend his money to support “controversial” viewpoints.

    “I personally don’t support assassinating police officers, but I don’t have any problem with giving money or publishing people who have different views on that,” Unz said, referencing a recent article. “A lot of these people I financially support are those on the ideological fringe, and many of them say all sorts of outrageous things I don’t necessarily agree with.”

  9. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Hello Mr. Unz and others,

    An open debate/discussion on affirmative action was hosted in October 2015 by the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations, the Harvard Asian American Women’s Association, and the Harvard Half Asian Peoples’ Association — two wonderful student organizations and one collaborative institution run by students and faculty that speak to the levels of involvement and passion on our campus.

    At any rate, the October discussion was an event that helped Harvard students come together and discuss openly (free speech, hooray!) everything from our experiences with affirmative action to the data that pertain to the issue to our visions for what diversity can give to all of us students. It was wonderful that those of us who remain involved with the University heard about it and were able to constructively discuss a topic with such a diversity of viewpoints and experiences.

    I’m sure the statement in your tweet was an honest mistake — if so, Harvard’s open discourse is always open to those who remain aware and choose to be actively engaged with the Harvard community. If not, though… you’re not the first one who talked about this, so I’m sure many in the Harvard community would appreciate if you didn’t mislead people into thinking you were. 🙂

    I’m sure it was the former though, in which case I would kindly suggest that you keep an ear to the streets, as they say, and join Harvard students in conversations about affirmative action and other issues that have indeed already been happening before you arrived on campus as a Board of Overseers candidate. I as a student am very proud of what students at my school have to say, and I think you as an alum should be, as well.

    Best regards,
    a Harvard student

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