Many AsAm students gave wonderful speeches at the Boston
rally on 10/14. One example is a speech by Kenny Xu, shown
below. He is a math major at Davidson College. In addition he
is a writer for The Federalist, specializing in race and identity
politics - what diverse talents.
"My mom and dad always dreamed that one day I would get to speak at Harvard.
I don't think this is quite how they imagined it.
I think they would have preferred I come up to Harvard Square speaking about medicine, or maybe law. Preferably with a big degree next to my name.
But they didn't care about my education because they wanted status, or bragging rights about their model son. They cared about my education because they loved me, and wanted me to be the best person I could be. That is why when I told them that I wanted to be a writer, and showed them my talent, they supported me all the way, and told me I could do it.
So I spent the majority of 2018 researching and publishing articles and videos about the Asian-American experience on national publications like
The Federalist and
The Daily Signal. Opportunity after opportunity came and I took them. And now I am here in front of an amazing audience - thank you. Thank you to everyone who lends their support to this movement.
But, ladies and gentlemen, I want to focus on this word I mentioned here that has defined so much of my life: opportunity.
Like many immigrant families, my mom and dad came to these American shores in search of opportunity. And I think we can all agree that nowhere is opportunity greater than from a great education.
I think this is why we care so much what's happening here at Harvard. Because the higher education world takes its cues from Harvard. If Harvard says something is acceptable, people listen. Even if that something is discrimination.
When I started writing about the Asian-American lawsuit against Harvard for illegal and discriminatory racial balancing practices, I did not realize how pervasive these practices have become. In my articles on
The Federalist and
The Daily Signal, I just kept unearthing more places where institutions see "too many Asians."
It's not just here in Harvard. It's in New York City, where Mayor Bill de Blasio is trying to crack down on Asian-American admissions to his specialized schools. It's in Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland, where the school board authorized a program that cut the number of Asian-Americans admitted to its gifted program in half.
So many of us look at these stories and say: "how sad." So many of us hear about Harvard rating our personalities as the worst of all races, and hang our heads and say "nothing we can do about it." That would be the comfortable thing to do.
But, my friends, we have a choice. We can accept our fate - or we can exercise our solemn right as Americans to congregate, to assemble, and to speak out.
Ladies and gentlemen, we're not here to file a lawsuit. Our legacy to our children and to ourselves does not rest on a court decision - and I believe that Mr. Ed Blum, who graciously invited me here, would agree.
No, our legacy rests on what we do here, from this spot at Harvard Square.
It means mobilizing to our own communities, informing them of why we stand up to Harvard - because we believe that every man and woman in America has a constitutional right to equal treatment under the law.
It means reaching out to people of other races, and convincing them why having an admissions process based on merit is better for them than one predicated on false and exclusive notions of so-called "diversity."
It means starting local organizations holding our own colleges and school boards accountable to provide a fair and unbiased system.
While I wrote for The Daily Signal, I met a group of Asian-American activists who organized themselves into a grassroots organization called the Association for Education Fairness.
Many of them are immigrants by blood, but all of them are Americans by heart. Many of them are parents who put their entire lives into their children's success, because they love them. And these are the parents who are told point blank by Harvard that their children's success is worth less than the children of others.
Ladies and gentlemen, this isn't about getting into college. This is about something much bigger. That's why the nation is watching us today. Because they understand that the future of civil rights practiced in America could be at stake. We have a chance to set an example, a guiding light for the rest of the nation to follow.
I believe that we've reached a turning point in Asian-American activism. No longer will we fall prey to those who want to silence us. Let us extend our voices across the nation and show the world that Harvard is just the beginning.
This is our chance to lead. I suggest we take it. "
I was so proud of these student speakers. Their names are:
Tyrell Brown, Harrison Chen, Roman Khondker, and Jacob Verrey. If
I missed someone, allow me to apologize in advance.
This lawyerly trick, to divide & conquer us, is the Dirtiest !
Here is the evidence.
Exhibit (1): In America, if a woman is wronged, get a woman lawyer to
defend the guilty; if a minority is wronged, get a lawyer
from that minority to defend the guilty:
Predictably, when AsAm children were wronged, Harvard got an AsAm lawyer, William F. Lee, to defend it.
William Lee was never active in the affairs of the Chinese Am community. However, he is highly placed at Harvard. He is a Senior Fellow of the Harvard Corporation, which governs Harvard.
Exhibit (2): Get the Asian Americans to fight each other:
When AsAms orgs, including 80-20 EF, held a rally at Copley Square in Boston, a counter demonstration at Harvard Square by Harvard AsAm students was organized on the same day. Purpose? Get AsAms to dispute AsAms!
Exhibit (3): Divide Ed Blum from AsAms:
The Harvard lawyers used to claim that Ed Blum had no AsAm support,
and that he was only doing his own thing. But when the AsAm support was proven at the Copley Square rally, the lawyers now claim that Ed Blum was using AsAms to destroy Affirmative Action.
How false can be the above claims be. Read the opening statement from Ed Blum's lawyers when the Court opened on Oct. 15:
"The future of affirmative action is not on trial here in the next couple of weeks; the Supreme Court has held race can be used in a narrowly tailored way - diversity and its benefits are not on trial; SFFA supports diversity," Mortara told Judge Burroughs. "This trial is about what Harvard has done and is doing against Asian American applicants and how far Harvard has gone in its zeal to use race in its admissions process."
Great News - Prominent AsAm Law Professors
Speaking out to Fight for our Children
In the Jewish community, their prominent law professors and lawyers have ALWAYS actively defended the rights of Jewish Americans. After each success, the Jewish community also greatly honor those lawyers & professors.
which you may have already read. Perhaps you could circulate this essay
to your 80-20 email list. Thanks for your work on behalf of Asian-Americans,
Note that Prof. Suk works for Harvard. She wrote an article that directly disputed the claim of William Lee, who is the lead lawyer to defend Harvard. Recall that William Lee is also a top Harvard power.
Prof. Suk displayed such courage and compassion, which Harvard believes that AsAms lack. What a shining real life example that slaps down Harvard's subjective judgment against us. Sometimes I wonder if it may be the lawyers who defend Harvard who lack courage & compassion.
Prof. Suk was clearly pointing out that Harvard's claim that our lawsuit will destroy Affirmative Action is nothing but a lawyerly MISdirection. Prof. Chang and I and perhaps 90% of all AsAms heartily agree.
When this lawsuit is over, 80-20 will be honoring a lot of LEGAL EAGLES. Together, we shall build another great tradition for our community. Those AsAms in the legal field will take care of our legal fronts, and we will greatly honor them.
Please FORWARD this e-newsletter. TALK UP this issue in the next 3 weeks. Please do YOUR share to fight for our children's equal educational opportunity! Thank you.