Court thwarts CA officials’ cynical race-racket coverup

Court thwarts CA officials’ cynical race-racket coverup

affactChief Justice John Roberts’ 2009 opinion calling government racial quotas a “sordid business” hits the spot. Sordid also pretty much describes all government racial maneuvering and gamesmanship. Consider the case now playing out in California courts:

“SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a bitter fight over the effects of affirmative action, the California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that law school data on race, attendance and grades should be available to the public.

“The unanimous decision represents a legal victory for a law professor seeking to test his notion that minority students are actually harmed by preferential admissions policies.

“UCLA law professor Richard Sander created a firestorm when he published his ‘mismatch theory’ in the Stanford Law Review in 2004. … To further his research, Sander sought data on ethnicity and scholastic performance compiled by the State Bar of California with a public records request in 2008. The state bar denied the request, prompting the lawsuit. …

“Sander theorized that affirmative action was the reason for the disparity because racial preference admission policies placed black students in elite universities when they would have done better attending less rigorous schools.”

That’s from AP.

Pushing policies that may hurt “beneficiaries”

It’s hard to overstate the cynicism of those who want to keep the records secret. It’s not just that they seek to create a new category of exempt public records in defiance of settled state law on the release of racial statistics for public university admissions.

They didn’t care that the release of the statistics might actually help African-American students!

They would rather preserve the status quo than see if public policies are backed by evidence. Sander is doing what (good) professors do: empirical research. There is no reason that I have seen to believe that Sander is motivated by malice. If he’s right, that’s a significant factor that just shouldn’t be dismissed out of hand. And if he is right, that means that the racial-political establishment has actually done more harm than good, at least in law-school admissions.

This is the same establishment that has promoted the obnoxious and insanely toxic claim that conservative opposition to Obama always gets back to race — as if conservatives spent decades pretending to hate big government because they knew at some point they could use it as cover to hide their racial animus toward the first African-American president. Unbelievable. (Please don’t tell me “Obamacare” was a conservative idea, so it’s racist to oppose it. What’s unfolding is far from conservative.)

Given this present sordid state of affairs, the noble nature of the initial push for civil rights sure seems distant history.


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  1. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 20 December, 2013, 11:31

    I am all in favor of the smartest and most deserving people being enrolled in our professional schools regardless of the color of their skin.

    Previously I’ve read that in some UC schools Asians have accounted for as much as 65%-70% of the student enrollment. I’m not Asian. But I don’t resent those numbers whatsoever. Asians have an incredible drive for education. The Asian-American culture promotes excellence in education for their children. The Asian parents train their kids to finish their homework BEFORE they go outside and play. It starts at an early age. So I don’t resent it one bit when I see huge disproportionate numbers of Asian students in our universities. They score the highest on the tests and have the best academic records – they deserve it! As an American – I’m happy for the Asian students. I applaud their academic achievements! Rewarding and applauding excellence was always part of my American culture when I was a child and adolescent. I was raised on it. Rewarding mediocrity or even substandard performance was unthinkable. It’s only become the American way in the last few decades. And that’s one reason we’re a dying empire.

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    eck 20 December, 2013, 19:43

    I can’t agree with Prof. Sander when he says “placed black students in elite universities when they would have done better attending less rigorous schools”. Who cares what color skin these students had. By using the term “black” (even though they happened to be), he opens himself up to accusations of racial bias. What he means (I hope) is “poorly qualified students”. That applies to all racial backgrounds and I can heartily agree.

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    LetitCollapse 23 December, 2013, 11:45

    I feel so sorry for parents who have kids in the California public schools. I have talked with a good number of responsible parents who just can’t afford private schools for their children. These are parents who really care about their kids futures and know that education is a key to success. The stories I’m told are just heartbreaking. Most of the resources go to the lowest common denominator. To the kids whose families do not value education. To the ‘academically challenged’. I think that’s the latest PC term. The motivated kids are stunted. They’re short-changed since most of the attention goes to the ‘academically challenged’ just to get them to meet the basic standards. Back in my day if a student couldn’t keep up he or she was placed in a lower grade. Period. No way would a teacher spend an inordinate amount of time on a slow learner and thus take time away the good students. It just wasn’t done. Today it’s probably discriminatory to demote an “academically challenged” student. Self-esteem must protected above all else.

    The consequence, of course, is that California public schools have among the lowest academic performance of all the states in the union. I believe the last time I looked Mississippi outscored California. lol.

    And what happens when such a large proportion of students do poorly in our public schools? Well, it creates an even larger poverty class when the Census Bureau tells us that California already leads the nation in the overall poverty rates. And our jail population goes up too.

    But these holidays my heart goes out to all the good parents who find their motivated children in the substandard public school system where their children cannot realize their true potential and cannot afford the pretty penny it costs to enroll their children in a private school. God bless you all.

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