Friday, April 12, 2013

Racism in academia

Multiculturalism and diversity are two of the most sacred values driving admission policies in the US college system.  If you're a white person -- particularly male -- your application package better have evidence of your sensitivity and commitment to diversity, or you're not getting in, particularly in the elite schools.  In an excellent WSJ article published a couple of days ago, high school senior (that's right -- high school senior!) Suzy Weiss sarcastically explains how her failure to honor these liberal gods of academia cost her admission to an elite institution.  And apparently her article inspired lots of heated (and hateful) blowback from the left.  Here, in this OLS post, I link to another excellent article, this one supporting both Weiss and the points her article makes.  Hans A. von Spakovsky, writing in the National Review Online today, is referring to Weiss's sarcasm in this excerpt from his article:
Such sarcasm is seen as blasphemy in universities and colleges throughout America. Their faculty and administrative officers, and their professional associations, such as the American Council on Education, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and the American Association of University Professors, overwhelmingly believe — firmly and unapologetically — that out-and-out racial and ethnic discrimination in college admissions is fully acceptable in the interests of “diversity.” Discriminating against culturally “nondiverse” Caucasians such as Suzy Weiss is, in their eyes, the right thing to do.
If you find this interesting, I suggest you read Weiss's article first (here), then von Spakovsky's (here).