Affirmative Action: Challenging perceptions of minority prioritization in America, which has become racially biased
The U.S. government has taken significant steps to support minority groups. Still, some argue that specific affirmative actions exhibit racism by excluding successful Asians apparently because of their cultural and unilateral drive.
Four reasons why Affirmative Action is racist against Asian minority
1. Asians who focus on academics are less prioritized
In 2022, an Asian immigrant was at the top of her class with a 1300 SAT and numerous state awards and received only a $5,000 scholarship from UOI. Still, despite their lower scores, her Hispanic colleagues were awarded a $20,000 scholarship.
Stanley Zhong rejected by Ivy Leagues
In 2023, Stanley Zhong, an Asian American student, went viral for being rejected by 16 colleges, including MIT, UCLA, and Stanford, despite his 4.42 weighted GPA and 1590 SAT score.
Asians who focus more on academic achievement, like Zhong, are “unilateral” and lack diversity, according to Cardinal CEO Allen Koh. [ABC News]
Disregarding Zhong’s demographics, Google hired him as a software engineer—even without a college degree.
Discrimination at Harvard University
A 2017 investigation revealed that Harvard University suppressed the number of Asian admissions because it’s Asians who exceed the academic qualifications more than other minorities.
Therefore, even if more Asians deserve to be in Harvard, they are limited to accommodate other minorities, such as Blacks—even if they do not deserve it.
Currently, Asians are about one-fourth of Harvard’s population.
In 2023, Jews were also discriminated prompting the resignation of Harvard’s first black president over her anti-semitic remarks. However, the media narrative focused on her plagiarism as the main reason.
Asians ranked least in the scholarship application
According to the non-profit group ‘The 74,’ court documents show racial preferences boost Black and Hispanic college applicants, not necessarily because of their academic accomplishments. In short, black and Hispanic applicants prioritized
- In 2019, data from the College Board showed that about 25% of Asian high school graduates scored above 1400 on the SAT, compared with 8% whites, 2% Hispanics, and 1% African Americans, but were the least to get scholarship grants.
- Storied institutions have systematically discriminated against Asian applicants, according to Peter Arcidiacono, an economist at Duke University.
- Most African Americans fell into the bottom 20% of all applicants to both Harvard and UNC but were admitted at the highest rate, followed by Hispanics and whites. Asian applicants were the least.
- Asians, despite high SAT, were consistently graded lower according to Harvard’s personality scores.
- A 2020 study by Arcidiacono and colleagues suggested that without the subjective penalty faced by Asian applicants, their admission rate would be 19 percent higher than the current rate.
- African American applicants were mainly in the lower 20 percent score but had high admission rates, followed by Hispanic, white, and the least were Asian applicants.
Blacks and Hispanic applicants prioritized
2. You’re only a minority if you don’t do well
Thomas Sowell at Princeton
Thomas Sowell, a prominent critic of affirmative action, saw firsthand how Jews and Asians were being discriminated against in favor of black students.
During his time at Princeton, Professor Sowell was told Jews weren’t considered a minority, despite comprising only 3% of the student population.
He noted the same trend in some colleges that politically altered the term “minority” to denote groups seen as oppressed, poor, or uneducated rather than simply representing a smaller portion of the population.
In short, these woke colleges no longer felt sorry for Jews or Asian minorities because of their academic and social status.
This is probably one reason why antisemitism was openly condoned in some universities during the Hamas-Israel war in 2023, while the “oppressed” Palestinian terrorists justified their crimes.
Asians and Jews minority status at MIT
At elite institutions like MIT, certain groups, including Asians and Jews, can lose their minority status due to exceptional performance.
In some cases, financial aid programs overlook high-scoring Black applicants in favor of those who struggle academically but are seen as more deserving of help, according to Professor Sowell.
This issue isn’t isolated to MIT, he said. It’s widespread across elite institutions where colleges prioritize diversity quotas over academic compatibility.
Affirmative action in Berkely
At the height of racial quotas, many black students who really didn’t qualify for colleges like Berkeley but were admitted because of affirmative action had difficulty.
At the same time, the opportunity for brilliant Asians was being diminished. After all, they will do well for themselves anyway.
Thomas Sowell, who is black himself, points out a new narrative that Asians are a menace to blacks. They are left behind because of Asians and Whites.
According to an article in 2007 in the New York Times, “In California, the rise of the Asian campus, of the strict meritocracy, has come at the expense of historically underrepresented blacks and Hispanics.“
In other words, Asians are excelling at the expense of blacks and Hispanics.
3. Affirmative action is reverse racism
Regardless of whether the motivation is out of “white guilt” or genuine concern, the politics behind affirmative action is creating reverse racism within the racial solution that’s supposed to promote justice and equality.
According to two prominent Black conservative activists, affirmative action has created a negative perception that society should prioritize support for Black students, Native Americans, and Hispanics over Asian minorities.
In other words, society feels terrible for Blacks or Hispanics because many are poor and uneducated. But not as much as Asian minorities because most are self-reliant.
Discrimination against white and Asian students
According to liberal-turned-conservative commentator Amala Ekpunobi, “We don’t feel bad for Asian Americans because they have a culture of high academic standing, they have a culture of drive and of facing adversity.“
Dr. J. Luke Wood, Professor at San Diego State University, digress. He said academics is just one reason Blacks seem to get the leverage.
Amala said, “Even with those (other) factors considered, Asian and White students are discriminated against compared to Black counterparts….“
Whites think her race is less than she is because of her skin.
4. A pitiful racist narrative to win votes
Also, a liberal-turned-conservative, Candace Owens, said it makes her blood boil that, as a Black person, Whites think her race is less than she is because of her skin color.
“… every time you (University) take an application, you say, oh well, this girl’s black. So I kind of feel bad for her. So, I’m going to put her at the top of the line. It’s just not necessary,” she said.
Pointing out what Owens also said, “If we truly cared about minorities, it wouldn’t be affecting disproportionally Asian-Americans,” Amala said.
The bottom line is that Affirmative action in the United States should prioritize fairness across all minorities—free from political manipulation that exploits Blacks and Hispanics as a pawn for political gain.
5. SAT: Unfair to black minorities, not to Asians
Optional SAT and their minority status made it much easier, especially for Blacks, to enter Ivy League schools. Critics argue that national test scores discriminate and thus perpetuate an unfair system. [N.Y. Post]
Since 2021, several liberal colleges have begun to make the SAT optional for admission. Apparently, national tests disproportionately favor white students who do better than Blacks and Hispanics, except for Asians. [Bookings]
The move aligns with affirmative action that provides opportunities for minority students to enter Ivy Leagues, even if they did not excel in high school, on the belief that they can do so if given a chance.
In 2024, Dartmouth University was the first Ivy League to restore the SAT as a requirement. As it turned out, it is important to screen students to ensure they finish according to the standards once held by Ivy Leagues.
Dartmouth faculty research group concluded that “standardized test scores are an important predictor of a student’s success in Dartmouth’s curriculum” regardless of a “student’s background or family income.” [President Beilock]
In 2023, Asian-American high school graduate Jon Wang, who had 1590 out of 1600 on the SAT, was rejected by six elite colleges. He blamed affirmative action.
In the same year, Stanley Zhong, who was also Asian-American with a 1590 score, was rejected by 16 top colleges. Google took notice of him and, even without a college degree, hired him.
High school graduates were rejected by 16 colleges and hired by Google, even without a college degree.