Affirmative action’s real victims
The Wall Street Journal
Asian-American students are being “penalized” for performing too well, said William McGurn. “In theory, only the white patriarchy loses from affirmative action,” but admissions policies designed to increase diversity by reducing the number of Asian-Americans are “blowing a big hole” in that assumption. Harvard has limited Asian-Americans to roughly 20 percent of its admissions for the past 25 years, despite a booming Asian-American population; if academics alone were considered, 43 percent of the university’s admissions would be Asian-American. A new lawsuit charges that Harvard illegally discriminates against Asian-Americans, just as the Ivy League “limited the admission of Jews” years ago. How? An analysis of 160,000 student records found that the university consistently rates Asian-American applicants lower on personality traits, thereby justifying their rejection. A similar prejudice is on display in New York City, where special public schools for high achievers admit students based on an exam. Asian-Americans perform exceptionally well on the test and thus are overrepresented, so Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to impose “de facto racial quotas.” That sends a “galling” message: “If you happen to be the wrong minority,” your “hard work and achievement” will be held against you.