Monday, August 28, 2017

Tide turning in our favor; ride the tide with us.

The Tide Is Turning In Our Favor

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             The Most Laughed at Article in NY Times Ever?
4 days ago, NY Times
 published a front page article entitled, "Even With Affirmative Action, Blacks and Hispanics Are More Underrepresented at Top Colleges Than 35 Years Ago".  It has a full page of graphs on historical racial admissions profiles at elite US colleges and universities.

   Retrospectively, the NYT's editors learned that the article could easily be the most laughed at analysis ever.  It had 747 comments.  3 out of 4 comments panned the article severely.  Go take a  look at those comments.  At the article, go to the upper extreme right corner and click on 747.  Go to the "Reader's Picks" category to read how ordinary Americans feel. 

    The tide has definitely turned in our favor.  The American public speaks out strongly against discrimination against AsAms students.

    80-20 again played a key role.  One of the 80-20 PAC Board members, Ved Chaudhary, submitted a comment to NYT.  His comment was selected by NYT as one of 26 in the "NYT Picks" category.  However, in complete contrast to the view of ordinary citizens, NYT picked mostly "politically correct" comments. Ved's comment garnered 106 recommends.

"Ved Chaudhary  NJ  2 days ago
This is such a shallow/simplistic analysis of a very complex social problem. It does not even touch on the reasons why (and how) the top universities are (and will continue to remain) top universities.

It disregards the basic underlying fact that the Ivys are like the Olympics of the academic world. Is NYT going to do a racial analysis of athletes selected for the Olympics? Does it make sense to do that. Will Olympics still be Olympics if they took diversity/equal representation as objective? The analysis of admissions at Top Universities makes just as much (or as little) sense. Selection should be based on objective performance whether it is Olympics or the Top universities. Only then will they continue to foster the highest human achievement in a field where aptitude coupled with long term sustained high quality training, practice, and ambition to excel are required. Some ethnic groups take interest in professions (STEM, law, medicine); their children do well in preparing for those fields. Whats wrong with that? Why shouldn't they get admission based on merit and aptitude rather than be restricted by their race? What is race? Asian American is NOT A RACE. These people who came from 18 countries of South Asia, East Asia, South-east Asia and pacific islands, have such diversity of skin color, languages, foods/cuisine, faith/religions, social customs and socio-economic background that there is more diversity presented by Asian Americans than all other races combined. 
106 Recommends"
     Other 80-20 Board and staff members also made commends, including Jing-Li YuPete Mauk and S. B. Woo.  Some of those comments also garnered more than 50 recommends.  NOTE how 80-20 has always reached out into the national political arena and played a vital role on issues impacting Asian Americans!

     The most popular comment was apparently also submitted by an AsAm. See below for the comment submitted by Avi.  We are proud of Avi.  His comment garnered 423 recommends!




"Avi   Texas  August 24, 2017
 How about a few charts for the professional sports, which races are vastly under represented?

Colleges entrance should be based on merit, considering socioeconomic hardship - this I absolutely agree. But not based on skin color, please. 

And why are Hispanics, who have never been enslaved in this country, covered by Affirmative Action? While Asians (esp. Chinese and Japanese), who had been enslaved and locked up in camps, not covered by Affirmative Action? The stance the Times take on this issue is indefensible.
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