Thursday, July 26, 2012

I Have a Dream…

Dear Fellow Asian Americans and Friends,

The current “race conscious” college admissions policy is Anti-affirmative action, as shown in this poignant cartoon.

It requires AsAm students to vastly outperform the whites for equal opportunity.  It took a “two wrongs make it a right” approach to surreptitiously pass the burden of correcting “historical injustice” (that the whites committed against the minorities) onto the silent AsAm community. It is a “white man’s burden” carried by AsAm students.

80-20 stands firmly for equality, the most fundamental American value. 

All people must be judged by individual merits. In college admissions, individual merits should be broadly defined to include academic qualification necessary for successful college learning, and personal character strengths such as perseverance, good work ethic, leadership skills, and individual initiative to overcome adverse conditions. The last point would help the true needy but worthy students, rather than wealthy students who happen to have the right skin colors, as the current race-conscious policy tends to deliver.

Race and ethnicity are immutable group characteristics that an individual cannot change, therefore cannot possibly be a personal merit no matter how broadly defined.  The current race-conscious policy creates resentment and stigmatizes the so-called beneficiaries.  It breeds cynicism and invites abuse (“Elizabeth Warren”, anyone who have undocumented 1/32 heritage of the right kind?).  Worst of all, it hurts American competitiveness while masking over deep-rooted social problems, thereby permanently condemning some minority groups it supposed to help.

“I have a dream”, DO YOU?

“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.”  -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

More than a generation has passed since Dr. King’s speech, why is his dream slipping further away all the time? 

“The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.” -John Roberts, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
Dr. King and Chief Justice Roberts get it.  This is why we appeal to the Supreme Court to reconsider that current race-conscious practice in college admission. 

Do you have the courage to fight for your basic rights as afforded by the “Equal Protection Clause” of the 14th Amendment in the US Constitution?  Will you be a proud participant of unfolding history to fulfill your generational duty to your children and grandchildren?

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