Category: Affirmative Action

Dec 16 2019

NYC’s Beacon High School Succumbs to Chaos

If you have something you earned taken away from you and given to someone who did not earn it due to Affirmative Action, make sure not to complain. That could enrage a mob against you and even cause all hell to break loose, as has been happening at Manhattan’s elite Beacon High School.

Via the New York Post:

Friday’s protest was set off by allegedly “racist remarks” that a black student claimed he overheard a white Jewish girl make in a confidential meeting Tuesday with two white Jewish guidance counselors. …

“The context of my private conversation included my disapproval about the unfairness of students who were accepted to college without meeting the rigorous criteria that I and others worked so hard to achieve, because they might be athletes, afforded financial scholarships, and/or get seats based on affirmative action programs, as opposed to academic achievement as the first and only criteria,” the girl explained in a statement.

The black student barged into the meeting and berated the girl and her counselors, causing a commotion.

The girl who dared issue a peep against the outrageous injustice of Affirmative Action has been assailed on social media.

One Instagram post accused her of saying “minorities stole her spot,” and “Im not gonna go to schools for black and brown people or ppl who are retarded.” It concludes, “…she’s definitely Messing with wrong group of ppl. She CLEARLY don’t know how we grew up cuz that bitch looking to be destroyed LITERALLY.”

Black teacher Demetrius Green told a cafeteria full of cheering students to boycott the school:

“What we’re asking of all students: Do not come to school that day to show solidarity for the support of not just students of color but all students at Beacon in providing a safe space.”

A “safe space” means a place where nothing that could conceivably be construed as politically incorrect is ever permitted.

“Until the demands are met,” bellowed Green, “students are not to return to school.”

Regarding demands,

On Sunday, some students posted a list of “Official Demands,” including a call for Beacon to publicly apologize for “allowing racism to fester” for years; ”probes of the guidance counselors” who met with the white girl; mandated workshops on “implicit bias” for students and staff; and ensuring that faculty hiring “mirrors the diversity” of NYC’s students.

It also demands that students who take part in the boycott or sit-in “will not face any repercussions.”

As usual, educrats have stood up to the leftist bullying with firmness and integrity. Just kidding:

Beacon principal Ruth Lacey emailed students Sunday evening saying she was “moved by the passion’’ of the cafeteria speakers…

Beacon is only 14% black. But if that 14% is pushy enough, it can do to Beacon High School what was done to the University of Missouri (see here and here).

On a tip from Sean C.

Dec 13 2019

More Woke Astronomy

As noted earlier, political correctness is a totalitarian ideology whose adherents demand that absolutely everything be subordinated to it, including astrophysics. Progressives have their work cut out for them, but they are progressing.

The Heising-Simons Foundation launched a postdoctoral fellowship to develop talent in planetary astronomy. Only two of the first 12 awardees were female. According to the prevailing ideology, this could not possibly be because men are more likely to excel in this field. It could only be a consequence of patriarchal oppression.

Science Magazine reports:

That low ratio sent shock waves through the small family charity, which is based in Los Altos, California. “We realized we needed to self-reflect before we went any further,” says the foundation’s Cyndi Atherton.

The established solution to imaginary discrimination is to impose real discrimination. For that, Joyce Yen was brought in from the University of Washington.

Atherton and Yen spent 1 year revamping the process by which young scientists applied and were chosen for the 3-year, $375,000 fellowships. …

Atherton also hired Yen to lead the panels rather than using a scientist from the discipline. As facilitator, her role was to watch out for comments that might bias the process by straying from the stated criteria for selection.

Let’s not get distracted with irrelevant science stuff when the purpose of astrophysics is to destroy the patriarchy.

The changes had the desired effect: Four of the six fellows in this year’s class are women.

Success! But… how many of the fellows are persons of politically preferred pigmentation? How many are transgender? How many are undocumented immigrants? The work of social justice warriors is never finished.

As for the Final Frontier, it looks like the Russians and Chinese will have to be the pioneers. Americans have other priorities.

On a tip from Steve T.

Dec 13 2019

Valedictorian Struggles with Remedial Math

We read that requiring standardized tests for college admissions is racist because “disparate impact.” The Los Angeles Times tells us that “high school grades are the strongest single predictor of college performance” rather than objective tests. Then we read that a Detroit high school valedictorian is struggling with remedial math at Michigan State:

“Marqell McClendon has struggled in the low-level math class she’s taking during her first semester at Michigan State University,” the news outlet Chalkbeat reported Nov. 15. McClendon, the valedictorian of her graduating class at Detroit’s Cody High School, was used to getting all A’s, but found herself asking strangers to help her with her college coursework, it said.

MSU has pushed for admitting more racial minorities in the name of diversity. Its “incoming freshman class is predicted to be the largest and most diverse in the school’s history, with more than 8,400 anticipated students,” the school stated in May 2018, noting that black enrollment was up 24%.

As for academic standards, let’s just say that a degree from Michigan State may be worth substantially less than students who don’t get financial aid for being “disadvantaged” have to pay for it.

Affirmative Action doesn’t go far enough. What is the use of accepting unqualified persons of politically preferred pigmentation at the expense of qualified whites if they just flunk out anyway? The freedom to fail is racist. If standards get in the way of equity, standards must go.

In 2016, MSU removed the requirement that all students at least take algebra in either college or high school. Algebra is taught in eighth grade in many schools. Meanwhile, Wayne State University in Detroit dropped its general-education math requirement altogether.

That’s okay. The experts tell us that math is a tool of racist oppression anyway.

Soon everyone will have a college degree. At that point, the general level of education will reach rock bottom. Americans will be unable to read their own useless diplomas.

In a world run by bleeding heart liberals, all meaning is leached out of everything so that it can be replaced with political correctness. A college degree becomes as meaningless as a beauty crown, or being chosen the Person of the Year or Sportsperson of the Year.

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair.

Dec 12 2019

University of California Sued for Requiring Standardized Tests

The term “civil rights” has come to mean coercive favoritism for politically preferred minorities. Lawsuits have pushed the concept to the last extremes of absurdity. Now we read that the University of California is violating the civil rights of unqualified applicants by requiring them to take a standardized test, on the grounds that this has a disparate impact on people who can’t speak English and/or are too dumb to belong in college.

The lawsuits, filed on behalf of the Compton Unified School District, four students and six community organizations, demand that the 10-campus UC system eliminate the testing requirement. Any decision by UC to drop the tests — as some prominent UC officials themselves have urged — would play an outsized role in the future of standardized testing in the nation because of the size and status of the premier public research university system.

The suit alleges that the SAT and ACT “are demonstrably discriminatory against the State’s least privileged students,” by which they mean the most privileged students — i.e., members of politically preferred minority groups. Imagine trying to get into college by puling that having to take a standardized test discriminates against you because you are white/male/Christian/heterosexual/English-speaking/able-bodied or anything else liberals don’t revere.

Even if it is run by the barking moonbat Janet Napolitano, the University of California system would be wise to push back on this. Many students spend precious years of their life and tens of thousands of dollars obtaining a diploma only because the Supreme Court ruled in Griggs v Duke Power Co that it would be racist to give job applicants intelligence tests, since some races are obviously more intelligent than others. A college degree serves as an extravagantly expensive substitute for these forbidden tests. If colleges accept students on the basis of race regardless of merit, then let them coast through by taking idiotic social science classes along with their remedial reading instruction, a degree will no longer serve as a certification of intelligence. Instead of wasting their time and money, many young people will go straight from high school to productive jobs. This would be an immense benefit to the economy but would cripple the lucrative racket laughingly referred to as “higher” education.

However, the liberal establishment will never admit that some people are smarter than others, so the only permissible defense of standardized testing is to blather about “inequities in society” that someone else is to blame for, presumably racists and deplorables.

On a tip from Steve T.

Sep 02 2019

Lesson Not Learned From Diversity Bridge

Remember Diversity Bridge, which collapsed at Florida International University in March 2018, killing six people? No doubt there are women including Women of Color who could build a bridge that doesn’t collapse, but as noted at Taki’s Magazine at the time,

[T]hese days we live in a world in which “diversity” is the goal, rather than competence.

Irrational priorities are bound to have consequences.

As also noted at Taki’s Magazine,

[I]n the months prior to the bridge collapse, FIU was awarded millions of federal dollars to “diversify” its STEM classes.

Have we learned anything from the lethal collapse of Diversity Bridge? Not at the University of Technology Sydney:

A culture that rejects merit in favor of political correctness can expect to fail in every possible way.

On a tip from Kate P. Hat tip: Weasel Zippers.

Aug 29 2019

Justice Department Attacks Police Standards

Remember Dim in A Clockwork Orange, the mentally defective thug who became a police officer? Good thing we don’t have cops like that on our streets. At least not yet; according to the Justice Department, police standards requiring officers to be intelligent are racist.

From PoliceOne.com:

Maryland county’s written exams for hiring police officers have discriminated against black applicants for several years, the U.S. Justice Department alleged Tuesday in a lawsuit.

I was hoping this sort of lunacy went out with Eric Holder. But no.

The federal lawsuit, filed by the department’s civil rights division, claims Baltimore County’s use of the pass/fail written exams led to hiring fewer blacks as entry-level police officers and police cadets than it would have had it used a “non-discriminatory screening device.”

Blacks are less likely to pass the written exam than whites; therefore, the exam is racist and must be abolished.

Blacks are more likely to commit homicide than whites. According to the logic of disparate impact, laws against murder must be abolished. Then we won’t need so many police officers anyway. When “racial justice” is achieved, it will look less like A Clockwork Orange than The Purge.

In the meantime, we stand by and watch standards lowered or destroyed altogether in the name of antidiscrimination. Less intelligent cops will not make anyone safer, but imposing equity takes priority.

The lawsuit asks for a court order barring the county from using written exams in the hiring process for police officers “where such use results in a disparate impact on African Americans.” It also seeks “whole remedial relief to all persons who have suffered individual loss as a result of the discrimination” alleged in the complaint.

Get out your wallets, taxpayers. Slavery officially ended in the USA 156 years ago, but reparations continue through a variety of channels.

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