Debbie Schlussel, February 28, 2012
Why should “The Rock’s” daughter get favored in college admissions over the kids of some poor, blue collar couple elsewhere in America? Why should she get preference over the average suburban White kid? Sadly, she will be likely be chosen over every White kid, whether it’s for college admissions or hiring or promotions in her future job.
Fisher v. The University of Texas, a major affirmative action case dealing with race-based college admissions, is now before the U.S. Supreme Court. And I predict that, once again (as with every other affirmative action case that has come before them), the Justices will continue to favor race, gender, and ethnicity as a factor in admissions. The problem is that, as reflected in their decisions, the Supremes always consider affirmative action as if it helps some struggling guy from the ghetto, whose mother is a crack whore, to get just a tiny leg up on an upper class White guy from the burbs. Sadly, that’s not usually how it works.
[Simone Alexandra] Johnson is the daughter of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Dany Garcia, both multi-millionaires. Right now she’s ten years old. But in seven years or less, she’ll likely be applying to college. And she’s not just a two-fer in affirmative action stakes, she’s a four-fer. The Johnson daughter is female and half-Hispanic, 1/4th Black, 1/4th Samoan/Asian. That means she starts off with four advantages in affirmative-action based college admissions preferences over everyone else. If you’re a White male, fuhgedaboutit. You just don’t stand a chance against her. Not because she’s the better candidate. It’s just about her luck of birth.