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Affirmative Action

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“Affirmative action” means hiring people because they can’t do the job well. Near-synonyms are “diversity,” meaning groups that cannot do the job well, and “inclusiveness,” which means seeking people who you know cannot do the job well. These underpin American society, and have ruined education. For some time the sciences seemed less susceptible to the... Read More
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Another way to shake down whitey
Kimani Paul-Emile is a light-skinned black woman who teaches law at Fordham Law School. Since graduating from Brown University in 1993 and getting a law degree from Georgetown, she has been showered with countless honors and fellowships, and in 2016, she co-founded the Center for Race, Law, and Justice at Fordham. “Just suing isn’t going... Read More
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The phrase “angry white males” has been around awhile, but Donald Trump’s election has pushed it to the forefront. Indeed, at least for some, it is central to Trump’s election. As Steven M. Gillon put it in The Washington Post, “Donald Trump has tapped into this anger and manipulated it to his political advantage. The... Read More
Berry Library at Dartmouth: not a \"safe space\" for white students, assaulted by \"Black Lives Matter\" demonstrators in 2015.
The Extraordinary Case of Macklin Fleming and Affirmative Action
I recently got to meet social psychologist Lee Jussim [Email him] of Rutgers University. Back in 2001 I had reviewed a book Dr. Jussim had written in collaboration with two other scholars, book title Stereotype Accuracy: Toward Appreciating Group Differences. My review was titled “Stereotypes Aren’t So Bad,” which is more or less the message... Read More
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When the Justice Department announced its investigation into Harvard’s possible racial discrimination against Asians, almost on cue the usual suspects came forth with all-too familiar rhetoric on affirmation action. For liberals it was all about keeping our cherished diversity or helping the disadvantaged; conservatives meanwhile lectured on merit-based admissions or how preferences will stigmatize beneficiaries... Read More
On Radio Derb recently I have been promoting a theme of “academic nationalism.” Higher education, I have argued, is a precious resource; and our own citizens should have first call on it. As I observed in the February 17th podcast: I enlarged on this theme March 17th, commenting on an article in The Economist’s bimonthly... Read More
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The recent campus events have not been especially good for fans of academic integrity. Social Justice Warriors (SJW’s) have achieved one success after another while college Presidents have been busier than a one-legged man at an ass-kicking contest in confessing toxic white privilege and promising to do “whatever it takes” to appease thin-skinned students of... Read More
But Affirmative Action’s Real Damage Is To Whites, Asians, And America
Donald Trump has shifted the Overton Window, soaring to the top of the polls while championing issues the political class believed were off-limits. But even Trump seemed to side with the Left in deploring Justice Antonin Scalia’s recent remarks about Affirmative Action’s paradoxical negative impact on African-Americans. Of course, Scalia had an entirely reasonable point.... Read More
As if Donald Trump wasn’t doing enough to make goodwhite liberals sputter and swoon, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia set off another spasm of PC outrage on Wednesday last week. The Supremes were hearing oral arguments inFisher v. University of Texas You’ll recall that Abigail Fisher, a white lady, sued the University of Texas, claiming... Read More
Exalted Klizzard Fred, Jalisco Klavern, El Ku Ku Klan. Note obsidian knife for disassembling prisoners. May have eye problems. (Photo, Regalia: Klizzardess Violeta)
Understanding Useful Idiocy
To the Grand Klaftan and National Klug of the Knights of the Invisible Empire, Ku Klux Klan, December 16, 2015 From Klizzard Fred, laboring for Our Holy Cause in Washington DC Esteemed Klaftan, Greetings from the Yankee Capital. In conformity with your instructions, I provide below a concise assessment of the mood of the nation... Read More
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A few days ago, I had the honor of sitting at a dinner gathering across the table from James Watson, the world’s greatest living geneticist, joint winner of theNobel Prize for discovering the structure of the DNA molecule. It was a private gathering so I’m not offering any specifics. But I can report that Dr.... Read More
Asian American Activists Choke On Noodles
There is among us a poet, a middle-aged white guy named Michael Derrick Hudson. Mr. Hudson wrote a poem, title: “The Bees, the Flowers, Jesus, Ancient Tigers, Poseidon, Adam and Eve.” That’s the title. I shall refer to it as “The Bees, etc.” The poem itself isn’t much longer than its title: 178 words, organized... Read More
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Donald Trump’s entry into the crowded field of GOP presidential hopefuls has, supposedly, “shaken things up.” Not really. Everything he offers is either vague (e.g., negotiating a “good deal” with Cuba) or fantasy (e.g., forcing Mexico to pay for a border fence). What is attention-getting is his loose cannon flamboyant style and once that is... Read More
The Schumer-Rubio Amnesty/ Immigration Surge Bill emerged from the Senate Judiciary committee May 21st. The full Senate will consider a motion to vote on the bill (after having first, of course, pondered a motion to vote on the motion to vote) next Monday, June 10th. So far as I can ascertain, neither the bill nor... Read More
Earlier this week Washington Post Columnist Matt Miller published an excellent piece making the case for a large increase in the federal minimum wage, including arguments drawn from a wide range of prominent business and political figures, as well as mention of my own recent New America article on that issue. Given the importance of... Read More
Last week I got into a discussion with my older son and a neighbor (who is an economics professor) concerning the social positions of John McCain. My son, who tried to convince us that McCain would be a less dangerous president than his Democratic opponent, went through the supposedly conservative stances McCain had taken while... Read More
Columnists have had a field day with Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s Supreme Court decision [Grutter PDF]. In effect, O’Connor declared diversity to be a “compelling state interest” that trumps the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution. Thomas Sowell described the five-member majority as “vacancies without resignations.” Shelby Steele declared the ruling “a victory for... Read More
Forget the legalistic hieroglyphics in which Monday's Supreme Court decision upholding federally sanctioned anti-white admissions policies in American universities was wrapped. Look instead at whose interests the decision serves, and you will begin to grasp far more clearly why the Court belched forth this particular ruling. The obvious interests the decision serves are those of... Read More
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against the racial quota system used in the University of Michigan’s undergraduate admissions program (Gratz case) [PDF] and for the racial quota system used in the Law School’s admission program (Grutter case). [PDF] The difference is that “the procedures employed by the University of Michigan’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions... Read More
Sometime this month, perhaps before this column is published, the Supreme Court will rule on the University of Michigan’s racial quotas. Both in law school and undergraduate admissions, the university intentionally discriminates against white applicants in favor of “preferred minorities.” It is obvious that the university’s policy violates equality before the law and the Constitution’s... Read More
Git Them Dogies Moving
The Supreme Court, our unelected and irrefutable legislature of nine, now ponders, or pretends to ponder, the legitimacy of racial discrimination in collegiate admissions. Oh good. One assumes of course that, with unrebuttable presumptuousness, they will merely dress their prejudices in constitutional-sounding awkward English. Still: What is one to make of racial preferences? First, some... Read More
pportunity to offset the effect on elections of the black vote by gaining the Latin or Hispanic vote for Republicans. From this standpoint, amnesty for Latin illegals and permission for Mexican trucking companies to deliver goods in the U.S. make political sense. However, the combination of amnesty and quotas spells the end of the American... Read More
University of California President Richard C. Atkinson is caught between a rock and a hard place. In order to remain politically correct—a requisite for keeping his job—he had to engage in hate speech and hate thought, offenses that mandate sensitivity training if not prosecution. California’s Proposition 209 forbids privileged university admissions on the basis of... Read More
“President Bush might succeed in building an anti-missile defense system and invigorating our economy with a tax cut. But does it really matter?…” The rot in American intellectual life has reached a putrid state. Nothing better illustrates the decline in education and the ability to think than the argument over “affirmative action.” Affirmative action means... Read More
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AFFIRMATIVE ACTION. Immigration. Bilingual education. Over the past few years, these issues and broader matters of ethnic politics have become the stuff of nightmares for Republican candidates around the country. On the one hand, ethnic issues are tremendously important to the future well-being of our large and diverse society. They are the hottest of hot... Read More
Responses to The End of White America by Sean Walsh, James W. Wilson, Mark Krikorian, Fred C. Ikle, Edward Blum, Arthur Kruger, Jay P. Greene, Hal Netkin, and Jared Taylor, with reply by Ron Unz. TO THE EDITOR: Readers of COMMENTARY who are not knowledgeable about the events surrounding the passage of three important ballot... Read More
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The unprecedented racial transformation of California and its political consequences.
SUMMARY Californians of European ancestry---"whites"---became a minority near the end of the 1980s, and this unprecedented ethnic transformation is probably responsible for the rise of a series of ethnically-charged political issues such as immigration, affirmative action, and bilingual education, as seen in Propositions 187, 209, and 227. Since America as a whole is undergoing the... Read More
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Republican leaders, worried about their party's lack of success among ethnic minorities, are reaching for just the wrong remedy. The GOP, they say, should stress symbolic ethnic outreach, while downplaying its principled opposition to affirmative action, bilingual education, and multiculturalism. As a result, "diversity" is now a watchword in GOP candidate selection, choice of convention... Read More
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With the victory of Washington state's Initiative 200, which ends affirmative action in government hiring, contracting and education, supporters of racial preferences have asked us to imagine an America in which members of some ethnic groups are virtually excluded not only from state university campuses but elite institutions in general. But no imagination is actually... Read More
During this past year of heated political battle on the affirmative action front, liberal defenders of continued ethnic preference programs---from President Clinton to Jesse Jackson and beyond---have repeatedly suggested compromises prohibiting "unqualified" individuals from receiving such benefits. Many observers---myself included---had long regarded such arguments as specious, being based on a mixture of cynicism and semantics:... Read More
Letter to the Editor
It is astonishing that William McGowan's article on the roots of the bloody civil war in Sri Lanka ("Mythconceptions," June 7) nowhere mentions the words "affirmative action." Yet government "set-asides" to Sinhalese businessman, preferential promotions of Sinhalese in the government bureaucracy and the "race-norming" of test scores for university admissions between the "underrepresented" Sinhalese and... Read More
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The unspoken statistical reality of urban crime over the last quarter century.
Are elite university admissions based on meritocracy and diversity as claimed?
What the facts tell us about a taboo subject