Because the Dept. of Labor refused & still refuses to apply Executive Order 11246 to help AsAms to break the glass ceiling, although DOL pushed this powerful law hard to get rid of the glass ceilings for blacks and women. In other words, our glass ceiling was and still is SANCTIONED BY GOVERNMENT!
NSF just released the following report (See middle of p. 2): The success rate for proposals from PIs was White 24%; from Hispanics or Latin PIs was 20%; from Black/African-Am. PIs was 18%; from Asian PIs was 17%. We are always the last!
Why? Why? Why? Because the House, Senate and White House Committees of science that are supposed to monitor NSF, didn't find such a statistical result abnormal. In other words: SANCTIONED BY GOVERNMENT!
If one of the committee chairs would ask a question such as that posed in 3) and request a special report on these success rates next year, if the same pattern holds, chances are NSF will begin doing internal adjustments to be more fair to AsAm PIs right away. 80-20 EF, which is always extremely busy, may work towards that goal, if we can find time, and if many of you will write in to request it.
Whose Fault is it?
It's our government's fault. It's 80-20's fault, because we are so poor in helping you understand the real world in America. But it is also OUR collective fault. So many of us just don't understand that a political problem requires a political solution i.e. support 80-20 Initiative*, since 80-20 is by far the largest, the gutsiest and the most effective AsAm political organization. 80-20 has two components: 80-20 EF and 80-20 PAC.
AsAms have the lowest success rate in every important competition, although we seemingly have the best credentials/qualifications. Is this the legacy you want to leave to your children? If you want to make a difference, be politically wise and support 80-20.
*Some may ask, why not support AsAms to run for political offices?
Wouldn't that be even more effective? NO! Until we have reached a critical mass of AsAm politicians in Congress, most of current AsAm Congressional officials don't even dare ask questions about the GOVERNMENT SANCTIONED discrimination against us, much less do something about it. However, 80-20 does urge you to support AsAms political candidates, who have a record of serving our community.