Tag Archive for ‘Race’
“Blacks for Gray, Whites for Fenty,” ran the nuanced headline on page one of the Washington Examiner. The story told of how black Mayor Adrian Fenty, who got rave reviews for appointing Michelle Rhee to save District of Columbia schools, was crushed six to one in black wards east of the Anacostia River, as he rolled up margins of three to one in the white wards west of Rock Creek Park.
A new study of admissions at elite colleges by Princeton sociologists Thomas Espenshade and Alexandria Radford is attracting a lot of attention at Steve Sailer’s website and elsewhere on the internet. Deservedly so, since the study clearly shows that “diversity” in college admissions is nothing more than a code word for systematic discrimination against whites. According to Espenshade and Radford, to have the same chance of admission as a black applicant with an SAT score of 1100, an Hispanic applicant would need to score 1230, a white applicant 1410, and an Asian applicant 1550.
It’s even worse for working-class and rural whites. Compared to working-class whites with comparable credentials, a working-class Asian applicant is seven times more likely to be admitted, a working-class Hispanic eight times more likely to be admitted, and a working-class black ten times more likely. And although extracurricular activities generally improve the chance of admission, participation in such activities as high-school ROTC, 4-H, and Future Farmers of America actually decrease the chance of being admitted.
This study is just another reminder that working-class whites are disdained by our elites and discriminated against with impunity, a result that seems especially inequitable when one remembers the achievements of such as Alvin York and Audie Murphy. Of course, I suspect that most Ivy League admissions officers have never heard of Alvin York or Audie Murphy, and would be appalled by them if they had.
Today, many Americans presume that the debate over slavery in the 18th and 19th centuries turned on the question of race. Though race was an ingredient in the Great Debate, it was no more than a pinch of salt. Both proponents and opponents of slavery tended to hold the same view of blacks.
White America is never more vividly and comically racist than when trying to excuse impromptu racist utterance or deny the racism of American society, which is manifest in every number, every graph and scatter plot in the annual Statistical Abstract of the United States.
To hear the Obamaites, those raucous crowds pouring into town hall meetings are “mobs” of “thugs” whose rage has been “manufactured” by K Street lobbyists and right-wing Republican operatives.
Press secretary Robert Gibbs compares them to the Young Republicans of the “Brooks Brothers riot” during the Florida recount.
The conservative press lost no time in converting the Henry Louis Gates affair into a morality play that pitted a loose-lipped race-baiting President against a squeaky clean policeman with an excellent record in what is politely termed “minority relations.”
“Naval Academy Professor Challenges Rising Diversity,” ran the headline in the Washington Post.
The impression left was that some sorehead was griping because black and Hispanic kids were finally being admitted.
Reading the newspapers, I wonder which straw will break the camel’s back when it comes to illegal immigration. What will finally cause Americans to rise up and take back their country? The tenth family killed by an illegal-alien drunk driver? The 100th housewife butchered by an illegal-alien murderer? Or the next lawsuit that awards damages to illegal aliens after they have trespassed and vandalized a citizen’s property?
Lecturing a conscript conclave of Justice Department bureaucrats, Attorney General Eric Holder last week called America a “nation of cowards” for not spending more time talking about race.
Gen. Powell does not deny it, contending only that race was not the only or decisive factor. “If I had only that fact in mind,” he told Tom Brokaw, “I could have done this six, eight, ten months ago.”
Yet, in hailing Barack as a “transformational figure” whose election would “electrify our country … (and) the world,” Powell seems to testify to the centrality of Barack’s ethnicity to his decision.