Thinking Citizen Blog — Is Anti-Asian Discrimination In Education Ok? How Do You Measure It?
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Today’s Topic: Is Anti-Asian Discrimination In Education Ok? How Do You Measure It?
How do you measure discrimination in education? Is it the difference between a group’s percentage of the general population versus the group’s percentage of the student body? or is it the difference between the average test scores of members of group A versus Group B in elite institutions? Is the high percentage of Asian students in California’s elite public universities a measure of bias in favor of Asians? Are the higher test scores required of Asian applicants to attend Ivy League schools a measure of anti-Asian bias? Experts — please chime in. Correct, elaborate, elucidate.
ANTI-ASIAN HATE CRIMES BILL PASSES THE SENATE 94–1
1. “By passing this bill, we say to the Asian-American community that their government is paying attention to them, has heard their concerns and will respond to protect them.” (Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), majority Leader)
2. “The measure, sponsored by Senator Mazie Hirono, Democrat of Hawaii, would establish a position at the Justice Department to expedite the agency’s review of hate crimes and expand the channels to report them. It would also encourage the creation of state-run hate crime hotlines, provide grant money to law enforcement agencies that train their officers to identify hate crimes and introduce a series of public education campaigns around bias against people of Asian descent.” (NY Times)
3. The bill’s passage was triggered by a dramatic upswing in anti-Asian violence after the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic.
BUT AMENDMENT TARGETING DISCRIMINATION IN EDUCATION REJECTED 49–48
1. Not one Democrat voted for it. Not one Republican against it.
2. The amendment would have banned federal funding for any institution that “has a policy in place or engages in a practice that discriminates against Asian Americans in recruitment, applicant review, or admissions.”
3. Senator Hirono denounced the amendment as “a transparent attack on longstanding admission policies that serve to increase diversity.”
NB: The editors of the Wall Street Journal took a different view: “Republicans and Democrats both want to monitor and deter crimes motivated by racial bias. Only one party last week was willing to protect the prerogative of institutions to discriminate on the basis of race.”
THE MATH OF ANTI-ASIAN DISCRIMINATION REPEATS PATTERN OF ANTI-SEMITISM
1. “Asians need SAT scores 140 points higher than whites, 270 points higher than Hispanics, and an incredible 450 points higher than blacks (out of 1,600 points)” to gain admission to elite colleges.
2. “An Asian applicant with an SAT score of 1500, that is, has the same chance of being accepted as a white student with a 1360, a Latino with a 1230, or an African-American with a 1050.”
3. “Among candidates in the highest (1400–1600) SAT range, 77% of blacks, 48% of Hispanics, 40% of whites, and only 30% of Asians are admitted.”
NB: is the goal of “diversity” at odds with the goal of fairness for Asian applicants to elite universities? If so, should there be a statute of limitations for such systemic discrimination?
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