Affirmative Action and ‘Victimized’ Whites

Pamela Newkirk, The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 5, 2012

On Wednesday the U.S. Supreme Court will once again consider the merits of affirmative action and the plight of purportedly victimized whites, ripping the scab from a deep and scarcely healed American wound.

The ever-contentious debate sparked anew by Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin is likely to overshadow recent figures showing the widening household-income gap between non-Hispanic whites and African-Americans and the stubbornly low black and Latino high-school graduation rates that persistently keep higher education out of the reach of millions. A new study from the Schott Foundation for Public Education found that just 52 percent of black and 58 percent of Latino males graduate from high school in four years, compared with 78 percent of non-Latino whites.

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Against this backdrop of pain, inequality, and upheaval, fear of white disenfranchisement seems oddly out of place. The cold numbers do little to illuminate the suffering of many people across the country who have the misfortune of being born into underresourced and woefully neglected school districts. Those districts remain overwhelmingly populated by blacks and Latinos. {snip}

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Still, in the face of gaping inequality, African-Americans and Latinos can once again serve as the convenient scapegoats for individual failings. Had Abigail Noel Fisher finished in the top 10 percent of her high-school class, she would, as a Texas resident, have been automatically admitted to one of the state’s public colleges or universities. Because she did not, she had to compete for one of the remaining open seats. In failing to win one of those, she found an easy target: the growing number of minority students living in the state who were admitted to the university under a plan for the remaining open seats that considers race as one factor among many, including leadership, geography, socioeconomic background, and special talents.

The university’s cohesive approach is endorsed by many of the nation’s leading institutions of higher learning, including Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Princeton, Stanford, Vanderbilt, and Yale Universities, the Universities of Chicago and Pennsylvania, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In a joint amicus brief filed in the case, the institutions supported the consideration of all aspects of an applicant’s background, including, in some instances, race and ethnicity.

“Although amici differ in many ways, they speak with one voice to the profound importance of a diverse student body—including racial diversity—for their educational missions,” the brief states. “In amici’s experience, a diverse student body adds significantly to the rigor and depth of students’ educational experience. Diversity encourages students to question their own assumptions, to test received truths, and to appreciate the spectacular complexity of the modern world.”

In Texas, where more than half of the population is nonwhite and 38 percent are Latino, the state’s diversity plan was beginning to bear fruit. From 2009 to 2010, the percentage of Latino freshmen at the University of Texas at Austin increased from 20.8 percent to 23.1 percent. Still, Latinos remain underrepresented in a state where they compose nearly 40 percent of the population. They were 17 percent of the university’s enrolled undergraduate and graduate students, compared with whites, who compose 45 percent of the state population but were 52 percent of the student body.

Since filing the lawsuit, Fisher has gone on to graduate from Louisiana State University, but perhaps not from a sense that she, as a white American, was entitled to enrollment in the state’s most selective public university. As she garners headlines, the continuing plight of the nameless, faceless black and Latino youths in broken schools will languish in the shadows, as will the collateral damage: the wasted human capital and disproportionate number who will fill the nation’s prisons and unemployment rolls. It’s been nearly six decades since they’ve had their day in court.

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  • Oil Can Harry

    The author mentions black and Latino students “languishing” in “broken schools”.

    That ‘s funny; many of those schools were majority-white until recently and no one considered them “broken”.

    I can’t imagine why…

    • refocus

       Yea, like living in a “bad neighborhood”…

  • If there was not a hispanic invasion of the USA we wouldn’t have to worry about so many poor and “underresourcred” individuals.  Funny how the author ignores that little point.   It’s funny, Detroit public schools spend more than $15,000 per student EACH YEAR which is tops in the nation and we all know how Detroit public schools are. 

  • MekongDelta69

    Once again, a slanted article from another leftist outfit (The Chronicle of Higher Education).

    And of course – to Mzzzz. Newkirk, there are no poor white people. In her world, only non-whites can be poor and ‘disenfranchised’ and ‘oppressed’ and ‘discriminated against’ and  hopeless, hapless and helpless, who need ‘morally superior’ (in their own minds) leftists’ condescending help – via redistribution of course.

  • I believe there is a unionized, education mafia in this country. They want everyone to go to college because in that way they can petition for more teachers and higher salaries and benefits; those many teachers inturn will pay more Union dues and the wheel keeps onturning.. And the more our tax dollars go to unqualifoed students the higher the tuition becomes because more people will be in a position to pay whatever the market will bear thanks to student loans.

    When I visited Costa Rica I found they had a regard for higher education and easy access to it. Unfortunately when everyone goes to college what you end up with is a cabdriver with a Masters Degree.

    People should only be allowed into college based on academic merit. To do otherwise is disingenuous and self defeating.  If they have the academic merit first, then other opportunities can be open to them like scholarships and loans.

    This cult of diversity should be viewed for what it is, a Marxist propaganda tool to keep the people at each others throats to hasten the demise of this country and to topple the control of the white, heterosexual, Christian, male influence.

    • Screamin_Ruffed_Grouse

      “I believe there is a unionized, education mafia in this country. They want everyone to go to college because in that way they can petition for more teachers and higher salaries and benefits;…”

      The greatest trick the Education Industry ever pulled, was convincing the world that it wasn’t an industry.

      • Same thing with Labor Unions.

  • jedsrael

    Affirmative Action Is Justified Because Blacks Say It Is.

    Blacks are sacred, and nobody should argue with them or ask them difficult questions.What is a racist?  A racist is anything that a blacks says it is.   I was racist before I was born, because all Whites are racist, and I was destined to be White (now a curse upon me?).

    • Bad_Mr_Frosty

      Woman’s tennis hasn’t been the same since they let men start competing.

      http://www.examiner.com/images/blog/EXID20836/images/ex_s2.jpg

      • Pelayo

        God!  She’s beautiful!!!!!! A woman that a man could die FOR or at the hands OF.
        We should have a caption contest  for the best guess on what she is saying or yelling. 
        Let’s set the sccenario. Her opponent is a lovely young Russian.
        What is Serena/Venus saying or yelling.

        • Now that Seal’s divorced from Heidi Klum, why doesn’t he pursue the Williams sisters? He could have two strong, black, wealthy women at the same time, and be the meat in that sandwich. Indeed, Venus and Serena Williams should be the African wet dreams of every Bantu male on the planet.

          So why TF aren’t they?

          • ed91

             their d*cks too big?

        • ed91

           UUUhhhhggggghhhhhhhhhh!!

      • That guy needs to be drug tested ASAP!

        • ed91

           I coulda swore I saw him selling drugs on a corner last weekend.

    • The__Bobster

      I am racist, because I don’t watch women’s tennis anymore (it’s hideous, folks)
      _____

      No, just the steroid sistas and the obscene grunting are hideous. Get rid of them and the sport wouldn’t be too bad.

      Well, maybe the lesbians should be eliminated, too.

  • Defiant White

    Oh, boo-hoo, cry me a river.  What a load of bull. 

    1)  There are mostly-white schools in eastern Kentucky, West Virginia, Mississippii and Florida that are just as, if not more, run-down.  The white kids do fine.

    2)  And those decrepit schools full of poor blacks and latinos also have poor whites . . . and they do well.

    3)  And since when is the answer to run-down high schools to give someone a free pass into college?  That doesn’t even make sense. 

    4)  And why do 50% of blacks and latinos drop out of the GOOD schools if run-down facilities are the problem?

    5)  And why do blacks and latino drop out of college at higher rates even if they do get in?

    These liberal education aristocrats  have been lying to us for so long that I think they’re starting to believe their own lies.

    • Pelayo

      “Cry me a river”. That was the closing sentence to Leonard Pitts’ editorial on the hideous murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom in Knoxville. He must have an explosive orgasm every time that there’s another White murdered by a Black.

      • ed91

         leonard pitts……………. 

        the jason whitlock of mass media……….  if they had 3 more iq points they would be on their knees, thanking the moon gods for affirmative action and the ‘snow people’.

    • The__Bobster

      And why do blacks and latino drop out of college at higher rates even if they do get in?
      __________

      Because they never belonged there in the first place?

  • jedsrael

    “…the wasted human capital and disproportionate number who will fill the nation’s prisons and unemployment rolls. It’s been nearly six decades since they’ve had their day in court.”

    WHERE IS THE PROOF, where is the evidence, showing that if Whites just tax themselves high enough and “invest more” into the Diversity schools, that the money won’t be wasted?

    Even when a black achieves something better than the typical reversion to type, the amount of money that Whites invested in him was much more than what could have gone into a White child’s education for results that would actually build civilization, instead of just postpone inevitable disaster…

    The problem with investing in blacks is that you never can stop the flow of money, or of White dispossessive Affirmative Action.  You never can set them free to be emancipated from dependence on White sacrifices and sufferings.

    Send them all back home to Africa right now and let God’s righteousness reign supreme once again.  All Hail James Monroe and his Libera!

  • Ulick

    “The cold numbers do little to illuminate the suffering of many people across the country who have the misfortune of being born into underresourced and woefully neglected school districts. Those districts remain overwhelmingly populated by blacks and Latinos.”

    Black and Latino schools aren’t underresourced or neglected.  Generally, quite the opposite.  Black and Latino schools fail because of blacks and Latinos.  Simple as that.

  • bubo

    I’m to the point where I google the author of the piece and if it turns out to be a black I just ignore it.  I already know what they’re going to say.   Their opinion does not matter to me. 

  • Puggg

    Working class whites are the prime victims of affirmative action.  This is why screeds like these are tolerated, because we “officially” hate working class whites in polite society.  It is the same reason why American polite society hates tobacco cigarettes, because we’re supposed to hate the kind of working class white people that smoke them.

  • The__Bobster

    “Diversity encourages students to question their own assumptions”
    ____________

    Actually, it confirmed them.

  • The__Bobster

    http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2011/02/nj_per-pupil_spending_increase.html

    According to the state Department of Education data, the average comparative per-pupil cost statewide rose by $850 — from $12,983 in the 2008-09 school year to $13,833 in 2009-10. But spending fell in 66 of the state’s roughly 600 districts, including Newark, East Orange, Trenton, Jersey City, Camden and Plainfield, according to the data.

    In Newark, the state’s largest district, spending dropped from $19,058 in 2008-09 to $16,913 in 2009-10, the data show. Valerie Wilson, the Newark school business administrator, disputed the data, saying actual spending was $18,894.

    Gov. Chris Christie has publicly criticized Newark for its spending and poor performance, saying last year that the city spent “$24,000 per pupil and public money for an absolutely disgraceful public education system.”

    According to the National Center for Education Statistics, a federal reporting agency, per pupil spending in Newark for the 2007-08 school year was at $23,500, a figure that includes costs for instruction, support services and other items.

    • I’ve seen this scam in a number of places.  School districts will use every accounting trick to deflate their per student per year spending.  The easy and proper way is to divide the total district budget by the total enrollment.  But some people might be hip to the argument that interest payments in 2012 for the ivory back scratcher that the district purchased for the superintendent in 1984 shouldn’t be factored into the cost of educating a student in 2012.

  • The__Bobster

    No, that was Kansas City. LA’s $500 million school is for illegal aliens. The result will be the same.

  • “Still, in the face of gaping inequality, African-Americans and Latinos
    can once again serve as the convenient scapegoats for individual
    failings.”

    No, whites will serve as the convenient scapegoats for not throwing enough money at them and not coddling them enough which is what you’re doing.

    “As she garners headlines, the continuing plight of the nameless,
    faceless black and Latino youths in broken schools will languish in the
    shadows, as will the collateral damage: the wasted human capital and
    disproportionate number who will fill the nation’s prisons and
    unemployment rolls. ”
    Hahaha!  Yeah, Davondrious was gonna be a rocket scientist.  Instead he’ll likely be a frequent visitor of the prison system.

    No offense to women on here but why is it always a woman writing these things?  They are absolutely deluded bleeding hearts.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    “the suffering of many people across the country who have the misfortune of being born into underresourced and woefully neglected school districts. Those districts remain overwhelmingly populated by blacks and Latinos.”

    What a ridiculous, silly lie!!  Wonder why a supposed chronicle of “higher education” published such an easily disproved statement?

     The government has firehosed and helicoptered money specifically into black and brown schools since the mid- 60s in the form of Title I — to close the achievement gap, of course.

    Title I is the most famous section of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 . 

    The whole point of Title I is to narrow the test score gap between blacks/browns and Whites.  (Asians are rarely mentioned in official school documents, it is ALWAYS blacks and Hispanics vs. Whites).

    Title I originally authorized more than a billion dollars, $6.7 billion in today’s dollars, to upgrade the schools attended by children from low-income families. The program has continued to grow ever since, disposing of $12.7 billion in 2007.  

    No evaluation of Title I from the 1970s onward has found credible evidence of a significant positive impact on student achievement. The whole point of Title I is to narrow the test score gap separating those two types of schools.

    Tell everyone — rinse, repeat, until everyone gets it.

    And this foolishness:

    “In amici’s experience, a diverse student body adds significantly to the rigor and depth of students’ educational experience.”

    Laughable!!  What a bunch of marxist BS:  

    How does “diversity” add “rigor” to organic chemistry, mechanical engineering or gaussian physics classes?  What kind of “depth” could possibly be added to the “educational experience” of Whites by being forced to experience “diversity?”

    The ONLY possible “assumptions” a White student could derive from  “received truths” i.e., media and school brainwashing, is that everything that’s been forced down their throats by the media and schools about blacks and browns is a lie, and a damned one at that.

    What Whites derive from being around black and brown diversity is the overwhelming realization that they don’t want anything to do with “diversity” and want to live their lives as far away from it as possible. 
    Bon

  • lavallette

     Who said “I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where
    they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content
    of their character.”?

  • disqus_4Jy24XjH8I

    When blacks and hispanics can’t compete with whites,  they then try to shove whites down, so the idiot minorities can compete.

    If I were a minority and accepted this, I would be ashamed to be a minority.

  • .

    The original article was written by a black NYU journalism professor. And this is the comment I left at the site.

    All this hand-wringing over poor black and hispanic kids is a red herring.
    Poor black kids generally aren’t the ones receiving Affirmative Action.
    Think about it — Harvard and Yale aren’t going to the projects to find
    affirmative action candidates. Their looking for blacks and hispanics
    with the highest grades and test scores. And they’re overwhelmingly
    going to be from middle and upper middle class black and hispanic
    families.

    In other words, when white kids get that rejection letter from
    Harvard or Yale its so the black children of NYU journalism professors
    can get affirmative action. And I don’t see how that does poor black and
    hispanic children any good. It looks to me like the only ones its good
    for are the middle and upper middle class children of black NYU
    journalism professors.