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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:

It’s not as if the universities who admit all these foreign students are doing it from high morality and a sincere desire to improve the world. They’re doing it for money: foreign students pay full tuition. It’s not an open-hearted spirit of national generosity: it’s a cash racket. [Ker-ching.]

So there’s another action point on immigration for you, Mr President: a ceiling on student visas. And here’s a slogan to go with it: “American schools for American citizens!”

I enlarged on this theme March 17th, commenting on an article in The Economist’s bimonthly supplement about Chinese students at the University of Iowa:

The Chinese students are so numerous now, they feel no need to engage with local Americans, they just hang out with each other. The rich ones are very rich, way richer than the rubes of Iowa City, and they flaunt it. Cheating is epidemic, with a whole industry in China supplying academic papers.

Here’s a different angle on the theme of academic nationalism.

A reader sent me this story from CNN about a New Jersey teenager who has been accepted at all eight Ivy League universities.

Ifeoma White-Thorpe said she was shaking when she got the eighth acceptance letter.

“I was like, oh my gosh, oh my gosh, like this might be eight out of eight and I clicked it and it said ‘Congratulations’ and I was like oh my goodness!” White-Thorpe told CNN affiliate WABC-TV.

White-Thorpe, a senior and student government president at Morris Hills High School in Rockaway, has to choose between Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Columbia, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Dartmouth and Brown.

She wants to study biology and pursue a career in global health. [New Jersey teen gets accepted by all 8 Ivy League schools by Doug Criss; CNN, April 5 2017.]

This doesn’t happen often, the CNN story tells us.

Students getting into all of the Ivies is a monumental feat, but it’s happened to a handful of teens over the past couple of years — Kwasi Enin in 2014, Harold Ekeh in 2015 and Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna and Kelly Hyles last year.

These are all black kids who excel in science subjects. As desperate as universities are to admit black students, they are double desperate to admit blacks pursuing STEM subjects.

I don’t think it is any very cynical asperity on my part to assume that this fully explains the fact of all five named students being black, a thing that would otherwise be wildly improbable. (With only one American resident in eight black, the chance of five picked at random all being black is one in 32,768, about 0.003 percent.)

Note further that none of the five has American slave ancestry. All are first- or second-generation immigrants: four from West Africa, one from Guyana.

I’m not going to feign indignation on behalf of black Americans, who in my opinion get far too many breaks, favors and preferences. I am, though, going to ask: Why aren’t they indignant about this?

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  1. ” …Kwasi Enin in 2014, Harold Ekeh in 2015 and Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna and Kelly Hyles last year…”

    At least two those names sound Ibo to me. I think a third might be too. Recently there’s been a cluster of Ibo Intel Science Talent Search Finalists in New Jersey. I’ve started noticing that the children of Ibo immigrants to this country do quite well without any affirmative action boost, although they’re certainly smart enough to grab any advantage they can.

    • Replies: @Triumph104
    , @Ed
  2. @Jus' Sayin'...

    Kwasi Enin – Ghanaian

    Both, Harold Ekeh and Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna are Ibo Nigerians. They graduated a year apart from the same high school in Elmont, NY. Harold was an Intel semi-finalist and Augusta was an Intel finalist. Intel is no longer a sponsor of the science fair.

    Ifeoma is an Ibo name. I didn’t realize she was Nigerian — the name White-Thorpe threw me off.

  3. I’m not going to feign indignation on behalf of black Americans, who in my opinion get far too many breaks, favors and preferences. I am, though, going to ask: Why aren’t they indignant about this?

    For the most part, native blacks do not know much about Ivy League colleges nor dream about attending them — many poorly run HBCUs are held in higher esteem. You should see all of the YouTube videos explaining how to get into Howard or Spelman as if it were a difficult feat.

    The institution that annually awards the most bachelor’s degrees to blacks is the The University of Phoenix. The best black athletes don’t go to the Ivy League. Also, native blacks do not have much of an us vs. them mentality when it comes to mixed-race and immigrant blacks.

    If a native black has the same stats as the above immigrants, they will be admitted nearly every school of their choice. There is no bottle neck like there is for white and Asian applicants. Unlike the immigrants, native blacks only apply to the colleges that they actually want to attend.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
  4. The institution that annually awards the most bachelor’s degrees to blacks is the The University of Phoenix.

    A pleasant but barely competent black female just got a big promotion at work; apparently her MBA from the University of Phoenix impressed management. Well, either that or her undergrad from Tennessee State University.

    Oh, and the newly promoted black woman told me she owes $60K on her student loans, but their in deferral because she “has kids.” Well, “having kids” is not a legitimate reason for deferral, what I think she means is that she’s in deferral because of “economic hardship.” She nearly fell over when I told her that her interest was still accruing while she’s in deferral.

    • Replies: @Triumph104
    , @Ed
  5. I am, though, going to ask: Why aren’t they indignant about this?

    Same reason it never dawns on them that massive immigration of low-skill, slightly higher IQ Hispanics is a very bad thing for American blacks.

    • Replies: @TheBoom
  6. @E. Rekshun

    For those who are considering Tennessee State University, entering freshmen need a 2.5 high school GPA and a 19 ACT or 900/1600 SAT — but only if you are under 21. If you are 21 or older, only a 2.5 high school GPA is necessary.

    It shows you how easy it is for some to make it in America when an MBA doesn’t know that her own loan is accruing interest.

    Accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers had to offer to pay their employees’ student loans directly, $100 a month, because so many of their minority employees’ credit ratings were going down due to late or non-payments, jeopardizing their employment at the firm.

    The benefit will be paid directly to the loan servicer of certified student loans, but still count as income for employees.

    … Gittings also noted that the program could especially benefit minorities, who tend to exit college with more debt than white students. “We want to be seen as a firm that isn’t afraid of taking on big issues.”

  7. Daniel H says:

    It is actually quite cruel, what has been done to this young lady by these universities, just so these universities can wear their virtue on their sleeves. Cruel.

  8. it never dawns on them that massive immigration of low-skill, slightly higher IQ Hispanics is a very bad thing for American blacks.

    Oh yes it does, at least in places like southern California where the rubber meets that particular road. The blacks I’m personally acquainted with were vocal Trump supporters during primary season for that reason.

  9. TheBoom says:
    @Citizen of a Silly Country

    Shajul Islam from London was considered a ‘committed jihadist’ by MI6.

    It is an understatement to state that blacks are not politically savvy. All you have to do is look at their countries and the cities in the US they run to see they always make things worse for themselves and almost never learn.

  10. The Black Guyanese would have slave ancestry.

  11. Ed says:
    @Jus' Sayin'...

    Kwasi is Ghanaian. “Kwasi” is an Akan, the largest ethnic group in Ghana, name for a child born on Sunday. Also his surname is my mom’s family name. I’m a Ghanaian-American.

    Nigerians usually dominate in particular Igbos but Yorubas do well too.

    • Replies: @Triumph104
  12. Ed says:
    @E. Rekshun

    What industry do you work in?

  13. She’s gonna minor in Gozintas…

  14. Should Derbyshire have the privilege to speak up on behalf of ‘long suffering’ White American students at the hands of Chinese ethnics, considering he is a Chinophile with a Chinese Squaw?

    • LOL: rw95
  15. Art Deco says:

    If I’m not mistaken, students recruited from abroad amount to about 3.5% of those attending baccalaureate-granting institutions. This is a small problem.

    Ideally, you’d have a fixed supply of educational visas for foreign students, foreign teachers, and their dependents and hold multiple price auctions for the visas among schools wishing to admit or hire foreigners. The permits vended by the auctions would be for seven years and unused time could be sold on a secondary-market exchange.

    A more irritating problem is the insistence of officialdom on in-state tuition for those in the country illegally.

  16. Art Deco says:

    HCBUs which grant baccalaureate degrees have a modest census collectively and many struggle to cadge a revenue stream which will pay their fixed costs. A number are admitting scads of students who aren’t college material, and are proper candidates for mergers and closure (Chicago State, Medgar Evers, and Coppin State to name three).

    • Replies: @Triumph104
  17. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    I am indignant by the likes of this author whose closet is full of Chinese skeletons, and who contributes nothing but discord to the great American nation at this very difficult time in its history. America deserves better of its immigrants, including him.

  18. @Ed

    Dayo Olopade, author of The Bright Continent, is Yoruba. She is one of about 11 black women working for Facebook. Her bachelor’s, MBA, and law degrees are all from Yale.

  19. @Art Deco

    Chicago State and Medgar Evers are not HBCUs — they just happen to have a predominately black student body. From Wiki, “Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are institutions of higher education in the United States that were established before 1964 with the intention of primarily serving the African American community.”.

    In order to justify an immigration flow of manual laborers from Latin America, we have to pretend that below grade-level Americans are college material and places like Chicago State exist so they have somewhere to go. It doesn’t matter that almost no one graduates and it will take decades to pay off student loans. College dropouts with the lowest student loan balances are the most likely to go into default.

    What do these schools all have in common?

    Public, four-year colleges, ranked by highest median debt of completing students:
    Central State University ($39,068)
    Grambling State University ($38,173)
    South Carolina State University ($37,000)
    Fort Valley State University ($35,500)
    Kentucky State University ($34,942)
    Lincoln University of Pennsylvania ($33,830)
    Texas Southern University ($33,763)
    Alabama A&M University ($33,612)
    Alabama State University ($33,452)
    Savannah State University ($32,887)

  20. “Why aren’t they indignant?”

    I don’t know, why weren’t they indignant when the Hispanic grievance industry came to the fore and successfully glommed on to their civil rights movement? Why aren’t they angry about illegal immigration, which clearly hurts them?

    The only answer is they’re so sickened in the mind that anything seen as damaging to Y-T, they’re for. Including, presumably, an Earth destroying asteroid.

    • Agree: Triumph104, Clyde
  21. joef says:

    This goes beyond the typical New Left/progressive inspired racial grievance racket, it also has to do with our recent political separations. With the Trump election, it has become somewhat apparent to our elites, that the political structure has triangulated. In the past the Harvard, Princeton, Yale, elites controlled the Democrat liberal/statist party and the Republican corporatist/neocon party. There were no serious contenders that threatened this two political party dominance. The Princeton, Harvard, Yale elites are mainly looking to preserve their status quo than any real intention of harm (although the results are the same).

    However, as time went on with debt imbalances, and free trade shut down of American industry (which is the one of two factors that created the rust belt cities, the 2nd factor being afro american crime), dissatisfaction with the status quo started to appear with movements like the Tea Party. But every time the elites coopted such movements, their political hubris grew.

    Eventually this dissatisfaction grew into a populist movement that Trump was able to politically capitalize from. The elites have convinced themselves that if they are able to sabotage Trump’s presidency, it will be back to business as usual. What they do not realize is that the dissatisfaction will still remain, even if Trump is removed from the political equation. It is the low employment participation rate that is driving this movement.

    What our political elites do not understand is that the genie is already out of the bottle, and that populism will not return to the status of a political outlier group (such as libertarians, communist, radicals, and anarcho capitalist). The populist movement has reached political critical mass. This produces a great deal of angst and anxiety among the elites of Harvard Princeton Yale. They recognize that there is great social & political destabilization ahead, but they are thinking in terms of yesterdays solutions.

    And their solutions is to pander to Blacks in an attempt to appease the monster of social unrest. Although urban afro americans love to be given undeserved praise about their ability to succeed in such elite academic institutions, in reality they care about immediate gratification, and never being held accountable. The real powder keg is in what was once the former thriving productive middle/working class, and their frustration in an economy that is no longer responsive to their needs.

    The elites believe that the inner city urban cops will protect them from this unrest, but what they do not understand is that they are also part of the populist movement. Urban policing resents that the elites are using them to suppress an afro american criminal insurgency, while being vilified for it. That they are being forced to write summons quotas to keep the money junkie government fiscal system alive, while their pension systems are being raided (similar to social security and medicare trust funds), threatening decades old established contract agreements because of it. Urban policing is starting to withdraw their support through less responsive policing, even as their Mayors, Commissioners, Chiefs, and Commanding Officers push them to conform. Thus as the cities will eventually explode from populist economic dissatisfactions, and Afro anti white racial balkanization, the police may refuse to act as the exploited buffer, and let the cities burn.

    This scares the Harvard Princeton Yale elites because they are not accustomed to political uncertainty, always believing that they are somehow protected from this kind of adversity. In the past generations, many of them understood that a thriving nation needs a firm political, social, and economic foundation, which in turn benefited the elites themselves from the stable community structure that it created.

    For some reason, during the last quarter century, they have forgotten that lesson, and now the chickens are starting to come home to roost with future instability. And because of this, the Princeton, Harvard, Yale alumni, while living in their luxury urban dwellings, may find themselves to be unprotected in the middle of this potential future carnage (that they themselves unwittingly helped to produce).

    • Replies: @Ed
  22. Ed says:

    There was a picture during the campaign that showed Trump boarding a plane after a rally. There was long row of cops & other law enforcement. He shook their hands and the cops have him a salute of some kind. I always felt he had a good shot of winning but after that pic, I became certain.

    • Replies: @joef
  23. joef says:

    Well it even goes a little further than I already written above. There was also the political animosity that was created between conservative working class (mostly identified as Reagan Democrats or Blue Dog Democrats) and liberalism. In the past (over 50 years ago), opposing political viewpoints could coexist amid disagreements. This has obviously changed.

    That is because the disagreements were no longer political/economic abstractions to the working class. Instead they were directly impacted by them. And this occurred from liberal ideas on race relations, that personally harmed the working class, by producing the following bad results: destruction of neighborhoods, the ever increasing taxes (to pay for the ever enlarging role of welfare as a lifestyle), rising crime rates (that personally devastated victims through unprovoked violence), politically correct thought control that forbids a person to relate past bad experiences, affirmative action programs that ignored personal efforts in education/jobs, and threats of gun control that threaten to remove a persons’ personal property, without due process, for actions he/she did not commit (a violation of our 4th Amendment rights).

    At first some of the working class ethnic neighborhoods (Irish, Italians, Jews, Polish, Germans, Puerto Rican, Portuguese, Polish, & Chinese) were able to maintain the integrity of their neighborhoods by instituting the practice of street justice. Street justice effectively deterred violent crime from occurring within these urban neighborhoods. This was tacitly approved by the urban policeman on the beat. But this was frowned upon by the elites at Harvard, Princeton, Yale, as well as New Left progressives, and the MSM; thus, prosecutors (who are a nothing more than political lawyers) self servingly started to prosecute acts of self defense, and called them ‘hate crimes’. [Then they were appalled that cases like Willy Horton (during the Mike Dukakis presidential run) would actually be used against them during political campaigns.]

    The working class is usually apolitical, worrying more about the daily struggles of their own personal lives, than worrying about macro issues. But when policies were instituted, by our elites, that go against the working class rational self interest, they will then start to wake up and take notice. And thus this was the genesis of the populist movement. Only our sheltered Harvard Princeton Yale elites, and New Left Progressives are shocked by this outcome. They actually did not see this movement coming, because they always dismissed it as nothing more than lowbrow bigotry.

    What they failed to understand was that the populist reaction was not the effect of bigotry. The bigotry was the effect of negative life experiences, mostly caused by the results of misguided liberal idealogical programs. What they do not understand is that the working class person does have a vested interest in his/her own life and are not sacrificable on the alter of liberal ideas. And the working class person would not be bigoted if he was never adversely impacted by our current racial balkanization. If it were not for bad liberal racial ideas, the bigotry would actually be very minimal.

    When street justice was effectively eliminated, removing the absolute right of a person to protect the life of themselves/family/friends/neighbors ( as well as property), it only emboldened the criminal element. As urban policing becomes more & more disengaged, the criminal will become even further emboldened. This will eventually lead to gangs terrorizing whole neighborhoods, which will include areas inhabited by Harvard Princeton Yale elites, and liberals.

    But the suburbs will not be exempt from this threat. The gangs will probably look at suburban home invasions as prime targets of easy low hanging fruit, more than willing to take on suburban town & village police departments, and troopers, who generally have very limited ghetto city policing experience (with the exception of the little suburban ghetto cities that adjoin the big city ghettoes: eg Camden NJ adjoining Philly, East St Louis Ill, adjoining Saint Louis, Yonkers adjoining the Bronx, Compton in the middle of LA, and the smaller cities surrounding Newark NJ). Then I wonder what the fashionably liberal suburbanites, who never really had to deal with the problem directly, will do then (welcome to the party boys)?

  24. Sudan says:

    As a 70 y.o. AA, born and raised in Memphis, I find your thesis logical. Were you consulting with AA urban leadership, in terms of a real political reset, what would you suggest? Bear in mind an old gospel song that says, “things that have been won’t be no more”.

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