Thursday, January 06, 2005

Asian Americans Might Need Affirmative Action?!?

Just posting a quick article about a decision made by the U.S. Appeals Court, which basically rejected an appeal made by three white plaintiffs, claiming that the University of Washington School of Law admitted too many Asian Americans between 1994 and 1996, by placing too high an emphasis on race in their affirmative action program. The three plaintiffs were rejected from the school.

Basically, the Appeals Court ruled that the term 'Asian American' was being applied too broadly by the defendants, and that the group is not so homogenous as all that, and that the increase actually reflected greater admissions to students who were within the pan-Asian diaspora, and yet were underrepresented as far as their ethnic and cultural background.

At least I think that's what the decision is:

Federal Court Declines to Set New Limits on Affirmative Action


The Ninth Circuit panel said that the center's lawyers seemed to assume that the category "Asian American" was homogenous, and had failed to take into account the educational benefits that the law school, with its well-regarded Asian-law program, derives from having students who traced their roots to different Asian countries with different languages, backgrounds, and cultures.

The appeals-court panel also noted that the Supreme Court had not assigned any numerical caps or ranges to the concept of a "critical mass" of minority students.

The panel said that defining a "critical mass" in terms of percentages "may be distortive" because smaller institutions may need a larger share of minority students to ensure that they are adequately represented in terms of their raw numbers.

full article

Frankly, I'm really tired of people claiming that white privilege doesn't exist. Lawsuits like these only underscore the attitude that some have that they somehow deserve to get into college over minorities. If you're in the borderline pile, you're in the borderline pile -- you don't have any better chance to get in than anyone else, and you shouldn't be upset if you don't make the cut just because you're not a minority.

Again, why is it that minorities can't even claim oppression anymore?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you be upset if you're part of such a small and hated minority that you're not recognized as a minority?

He he he. SET MY PEOPLE FREE!!!!

1/11/2005 02:46:00 PM  
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