The Progressive Racism of the Ivy League


If the definition of racism is deliberate discrimination based on race, color or national origin, Yale University appears to be a textbook case of “systemic racism.”

And, so, the Department of Justice contends.

Last week, Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband charged, “Yale discriminates based on race… in its undergraduate admissions process and race is the determinative factor in hundreds of admissions decisions each year.

“Asian Americans and whites have only one-tenth to one-fourth of the likelihood of admission as African American applicants with comparable academic credentials…

“Yale uses race at multiple steps of its admissions process resulting in a multiplied effect of race on an applicant’s likelihood of admission.

“Yale racially balances its classes.”

Yale defends this admissions policy by claiming it considers the “whole person” — leadership, a likelihood students “will contribute to the Yale Community and the world,” and, says Yale President Peter Salovey, “a student body whose diversity is a mark of its excellence.”

Yet, somehow, when all these factors are considered, the higher-scoring Asian and white students invariably come up short, because the racial composition of Yale’s incoming classes remains roughly the same every year.

 

The Justice Department refused to wave its big stick -- a threat to cut off tax dollars that go yearly to Yale. Incidentally, Yale sits on an endowment of some $30 billion -- second only to Harvard's.

A court case alleging that Harvard emulates Yale, or vice versa, and admits Black and brown students whose test scores would instantly disqualify white and Asian students is headed for the Supreme Court.

At the heart of this dispute over diversity are basic questions, the resolution of which will affect the long-term unity of the American nation.

Is discrimination against white students in favor of Black students with far lower test scores morally acceptable if done to advance racial "diversity"?

And, if so, for how long? Forever?

Is it praiseworthy to advance Hispanic applicants over Asian applicants with far higher test scores and academic achievements?

Why? What did these Chinese, Korean, Filipino and Vietnamese high school seniors do to deserve discrimination in the country to which their parents came where, supposedly, "All men are created equal"?

President Lyndon Johnson first formally introduced this notion of benevolent racial discrimination. Addressing D.C.'s Howard University in 1965, LBJ said in a speech written by Richard Goodwin, "We seek... not just equality as a right and a theory but equality as a fact and equality as a result."

But what if equality of opportunity, an equal chance at the starting line, fails to produce equality of results?

What if Black Americans dominate America's most richly rewarded sports such as the NBA and NFL, while Asians and whites excel in academic pursuits and on admissions exams at Yale and Harvard?

Why is it right to discriminate against working-class white kids from Middle America in favor of urban and middle-class Black kids in admissions to prestige colleges?

If so, what does social justice mean? Who defines it?

In California, the state legislature has put on the ballot a measure to overturn the ban on all racial and ethnic discrimination that was voted into California's Constitution in Proposition 209 in 1996.

That prohibition reads:

"The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting."
What Californians said in 1996 was: No discrimination means no discrimination.
Civil rights activist Ward Connerly, who is fighting the repeal of Prop 209, argues that while street mobs may be tearing down statues, West Coast liberals are tearing down the principle of equality.

It is the character of the republic that is at issue here.

If Asian Americans, outnumbered 5 to 1 by Black and Hispanic Americans, can be indefinitely discriminated against, this would appear to be the very definition of "un-American."

And if white Americans, the shrinking majority of the nation and a minority in our most populous states, can indefinitely be discriminated against in favor of people of color, they will eventually embrace the tribal politics of race and identity that would risk the breakup of the union, as is happening in Europe and around the world.

The taproot of progressive racism is LBJ's Executive Order 11246. This altered the meaning of "affirmative action" from guaranteeing the equality of opportunity to bringing about an equality of "results."

President Donald Trump, before or after Nov. 3, should convene with Ward Connerly and ask him to redefine "affirmative action" to mean exactly what its original author, JFK, intended it to mean.

As for Yale and other Ivy League universities, it is an indictment of conservatives who have held executive power often in the past 50 years that they have not chopped federal funding for these bastions of progressive racism.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of "Nixon's White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever."

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19 thoughts on “The Progressive Racism of the Ivy League”

  1. The percentage of the population that is of what race if you are going to consider race as a determining factor rather than sheer test scores as a criterion then becomes a determinant. Apparently schools have latitude in determining who goes to their school based on their individual determining factors rather than being dictated to by a partisan or greedy bureaucrat which is as it should be. If they don’t want you then why go there? There are more Colleges and Universities in The USA than any other country so don’t pull the race card. Just choose another school! Don’t push it off on another political leader or worse to blame him because you picked a school that didn’t pick you.

    1. The number of colleges is not a good argument, as only a small number of them, namely the “Ivy League” plus, say, 25 more, have a quality respected worldwide as Real and De Facto Academic.

  2. Good article. Been thinking, along with millions of other Caucasians, that this is a form of reverse discrimination. Why else do people Pay under the table to get their kids into these highly respected schools..?
    It’s only one of the reasons, but it is important.
    There is a lot of discrimination in this country, however it goes both ways.

  3. What is being discrimated? The progressives have got this discrimination thing so screwed up they do not know what is and what isn’t discrimination.

  4. I would not want my children to go to any of the “Poisson Ivy League Schools” beside brainwashing them into far leftist zombies ., Most of the graduated are only prepared to become corrupt life long politicians.. Or possibly university professors prepared to go out and screw up the heads of a few more generations of students.

  5. The complete failure of our education system !

    When you look at the problems in America all roads lead back to our education system!

    Teachers, professors, are schools and colleges will produce nothing better aka our kids than the quality and agenda of said institutions!

    It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to observe the liberal takeover of our education system!

    It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to tell liberals are psycho Pathetic liars, cheats , socialist malcontents!

    WHY is America allowing idiot malcontents to educate and brainwash our children?
    A student rarely will become smarter than their teacher!
    If you educate our children with liberal teachers the children cannot become smarter than a liberal and will be brainwashed to be a liberal!
    I have never met a smart liberal!
    I have never met an idiot that didn’t think they were a genius!
    I have never met a liberal that did not know they were smarter than everyone else the very definition of Genisus
    These last 12 years of liberal chaos here in America is a cancer that must be eliminated!
    How?
    Their is only two ways to stop it!
    Removal of liberals from our education system
    And two vote liberals out of politics!!!

    ANY other actions other than liberal elimination is simply
    CHILD ABUSE!!! To dumb down our kids!
    Making America’s youth stupid is what liberal globalists need to happen to take over America , if they have not already achieved America’s destruction they are close just look how stupid our children are! The only brain they have has been given to them by liberal tech companies whom I call OZ in the Emerald City from behind the socialist curtain in the form of a cell phone!
    Twitter and Facebook along with the other liberal brainwashing tools is!!!
    LIBERAL CHILD ABUSE!!

    Stop liberals for our Children and America!

    This message brought to you by a Patriot to stop the corruption and liars democrats have become in their quest to destroy the American Dream!

  6. How can anyone think this is what our forefathers wanted for this country. If Americans allow this to continue we will never be country of just Americans, we will continue to divide the nation by separating all of our citizens by color. Why do we have African Americans, Latino Americans, White Americans, Chinese Americas etc. If we are to be a country of equality we all have to just be Americans. I don’t hear other countries distinguish individuals by color, when i go to Canada, Netherlands, Japan i don’t hear these countries separate their citizens by color. By dividing our country this way we are basically saying that one group of people are either smarter than another group or not as intelligent as another group. All races have the ability to achieve their dreams, all have the ability to learn but we all don’t necessarily have the desire, fortitude or the self discipline to accomplish our goals. Some people have a better work ethic or have been encourage to work harder or study harder by their parents. It really comes down to the family structure, are young people taught discipline, respect, personal responsibility and a desire to achieve their goals.

  7. i don’t know about you ,but i’m sick of government shoving this racial b/s down our throats , just like they push this women and lgbt crap down our throats, i will never accept it as normal, while men get stuck holding the bag , there is no such thing as equality in the u.s. when government picks sides , when they start treating women ,blacks and latinos like they treat white men , then they will have something to really bitch about

  8. This is a great reason to get young people to go to “Trade Schools” because in the long run they will make more than some moron spouting leftist lies. You can also inform your children that 4 years in the military will get them a full 4 year education in colleges. Now that would make it hard on leftist indoctrination to take hold because those who served are more likely to be conservatives than whiny liberals.

  9. Do you really think it’s better to have these bastions of liberals decide who is allowed into a college, there has to be a clear set of Federal guide lines that schools have to follow to determine who meets the criteria and is qualified to enter a any school.
    You are missing the point, this really isn’t about color, this is about ideology and our “Elite Schools” transforming our children into hating America and Capitalism. They want our children believing in Marxism, Communism or any “ism” that fits their narrative.

  10. The only systemic racism in the United States today is called “affirmative action.” Don’t believe me? Ask one of the legions of Asian kids who have busted their butts to be valedictorians, only to be rejected for the “better” schools. (That “better” label is decidedly inaccurate, BTW). While the kids who ARE being admitted to those schools, some on a full-ride scholarship, were in high school playing video games, those Asian valedictorians were cramming for their next Calculus exam. They might ask, “‘affirmative’ for whom?”

    It’s not just the “people of color” who get to jump the line ahead of them (even though some of the Asians are more dark-skinned than some of the kids who outrank them on the intersectional hierarchy). You can also get a free ticket to Harvard, even if you’re White, if you know how to cash in on a school shooting and multiple dead classmates, make really mean speeches and furious faces for TV and hold your fist up in the air.

  11. It is also racist to capitalize the word “black” while leaving “white” in lower case in reference to race . When using these colors to describe a race, both are proper nouns and must be capitalized as in White people and Black people. Please make that correction going forward.

  12. But this is racism that the left wants which is why we still have it. Here’s how to have a non-racist college admissions program: join the digital age. Students apply on line and answer no questions about race, age, gender or any identifying characteristics. They have an application number, they have test scores, they specify what area of study they want to pursue — everything needed to determine if this person can be a successful student. A program is used to collate the responses and spit out the candidates in order of test scores and categorized by area of study; the school accepts candidates from the top of the list down to fill the slots available and those students are notified to accept or decline. Students accept or decline by a deadline. AFTER the deadline for response is passed, the students who accepted complete a form with ONLY their contact information and application number. That is about as fair and unbiased a process as possible — but here is why no school will do it: power and control. The people running the colleges are more interested in social engineering than in providing a quality education. Education is no longer the primary purpose of an public school or college — and has not been the purpose for decades.

  13. I commented on this more than 50 years ago. I was disgusted with it while in graduate school at UC Berkeley. It is just reverse discrimination and two wrongs have never made a right.

  14. Let’s cut to the chase: Racism is a pillar of social engineering. It is being used—exploited, really—by the global cabal (members include Gates, Soros, Rockefeller, Rothschild, with low-end doobies such as the Clintons) to divide and conquer the U.S. and any and all soverign governments. The idea is to put each country in a compromised position as it shreds itself from within so as to need a global master to reconcile the disintegrated populous. The end game is absolute, irreversible tyrannic control with the public masses subjugated forever.

  15. Hmm, if you are black, you can get lower SAT scores and still get into an ivy league school, then you can get money for college just for being black. Can somebody explain to me where all this white privilege is at?

  16. UCLA and USC has been known for giving preference for Asians and Whites and very few Blacks, but I don’t see anyone saying anything about that. The system has made it so everyone other that Blacks including illegals have been prepared or given admission to certain colleges. The Blacks had a disadvantage for hundreds of years and need to be in a college surrounding that will understand what they went through and help them out of their poverty. The Blacks had less than equal schools and teachers for years that did not want to help them with any learning disadvantages. When the immigrants have been allowed to get loans for businesses in a Black neighborhood, when Blacks have been turned down for years. Martin Luther King wanted the Blacks to have justice, but the fact is that everyone who is not black have been pushed in front of our Black Community when these other races did not have generations of slavery and education oppression. A lot of the Black families have been separated since the early 60’s since the welfare generation and the Black men were drafted to fight in the Vietnam war and not able to work due the injuries and trauma forced into their lives. Now our government wanted to push the Blacks out of society for all these people who we fought to save their country so they can come here to American and steal the opportunities that the Blacks have fought for hundreds of years. HOW CAN anyone say this is discrimination when the Blacks have bot been able to qualify to even get entrance in any of the other schools that the whites were going to for years except the immigrant foreigners, who did not have the education oppression. Just when our people were starting to get any kind of rights to go to school our government opened our government to the immigrants in 1965 Immigration Act were people who only had one generation out of slavery had there opportunities stolen away from them for foreigners. THIS IS NOT FARE! Our Blacks and Native Americans saved this country in WW1 and WW11 and the Civil War, but people don’t seem to care. They just want to give our country away to the people who did not fight for the freedoms that our Blacks fought for themselves. Martin Luther King’s speech says over and over its been 100 years and still the Negro is not being treated equal. People need to read the whole entire speech before they assume MLK was talking about immigrants because the Civil Right Act of 1964 is the Bill that he supported and not the Immigration Act of 1965. After splitting the American Families apart, there has to be some kind of help, NOT competition from people who come here in masses to steal what our loyal Americans fought to be free from. IT IS EVIL for our country to bring in foreigners to steal our jobs and then push the Blacks to the end of the line when it comes to getting a job after fighting not only against racist teachers and foreigner teachers that hate America, discrimination towards Blacks is still going on, AND now you guys want to take the only place for the Blacks to have any kind of confidence and support to complete their education when the Whites have been going ro schools for 400 years while the Blacks were slaves. Now the gays are claiming the Black Civil Rights Act of 1964.

  17. UCLA and USC has been known for giving preference for Asians and Whites and very few Blacks, but I don’t see anyone saying anything about that. The system has made it so everyone other that Blacks including illegals have been prepared or given admission to certain colleges. The Blacks had a disadvantage for hundreds of years and need to be in a college surrounding that will understand what they went through and help them out of their poverty. The Blacks had less than equal schools and teachers for years that did not want to help them with any learning disadvantages. When the immigrants have been allowed to get loans for businesses in a Black neighborhood, when Blacks have been turned down for years. Martin Luther King wanted the Blacks to have justice, but the fact is that everyone who is not black have been pushed in front of our Black Community when these other races did not have generations of slavery and education oppression. A lot of the Black families have been separated since the early 60’s since the welfare generation and the Black men were drafted to fight in the Vietnam war and not able to work due the injuries and trauma forced into their lives. Now our government wanted to push the Blacks out of society for all these people who we fought to save their country so they can come here to American and steal the opportunities that the Blacks have fought for hundreds of years. HOW CAN anyone say this is discrimination when the Blacks have bot been able to qualify to even get entrance in any of the other schools that the whites were going to for years except the immigrant foreigners, who did not have the education oppression. Just when our people were starting to get any kind of rights to go to school our government opened our government to the immigrants in 1965 Immigration Act were people who only had one generation out of slavery had there opportunities stolen away from them for foreigners. THIS IS NOT FARE! Our Blacks and Native Americans saved this country in WW1 and WW11 and the Civil War, but people don’t seem to care. They just want to give our country away to the people who did not fight for the freedoms that our Blacks fought for themselves. Martin Luther King’s speech says over and over its been 100 years and still the Negro is not being treated equal. People need to read the whole entire speech before they assume MLK was talking about immigrants because the Civil Right Act of 1964 is the Bill that he supported and not the Immigration Act of 1965. After splitting the American Families apart, there has to be some kind of help, NOT competition from people who come here in masses to steal what our loyal Americans fought to be free from. IT IS EVIL for our country to bring in foreigners to steal our jobs and then push the Blacks to the end of the line when it comes to getting a job after fighting not only against racist teachers and foreigner teachers that hate America, discrimination towards Blacks is still going on, AND now you guys want to take the only place for the Blacks to have any kind of confidence and support to complete their education when the Whites have been going ro schools for 400 years while the Blacks were slaves. Now the gays are claiming the Blacks Rights.

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