a former federal prosecutor who also served as counsel to Attorney General Janet Reno under the Clinton Administration.
Here are some excerpts from his article:
" .. the so-called "personal" score is especially offensive. If, as alleged by the plaintiffs, Harvard regularly scored Asian applicants lower than white applicants in such personality traits as "likeability," "integrity" and "courage," then that is dictionary definition racism.
Don't believe me? Here's the Oxford Dictionary definition for racism: "The belief that all members of each race possess characteristics, abilities, or qualities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races." ... the linking of personality to race is indefensible.
Scoring Asian-American applicants lower than white applicants for their "integrity," and "courage" is no different than calling them "sneaky" and "inscrutable." And scoring Asian-Americans lower for "likeability" and/or considering them more "boring" than white applicants is simply the practice of othering -- they (Asians) are different than us (whites), so we do not like them as much. It's code-word racism that cannot be tolerated."
Shan Wu has brought out the words that have stuck in my throat for months since learning of Harvard "personality rating" of AsAms. THANK YOU, Shan!
Other Noteworthy Features about Shan Wu & His Article
1) To my knowledge, Shan Wu is the first well-known AsAm Democrat who has publicly spoken out against Harvard. There is a deafening silence from elected AsAm Democratic officials, like Ted Lieu, Judy Chu, Grace Meng and others. The mid-term elections are coming up. You have the right to ask them to speak out on issues you care about, if you are a voter in their respective districts or have contributed financially to their past elections. If they don't, then don't vote for or contribute to them. Practice democracy.
2) Shan's focus is not so much on admissions as it is on Harvard's racism against AsAms. He is absolutely right on pointing to Harvard's racism.
3) Many D.C.-based "AsAm civil rights orgs," like OCA, JACL, and AAJC are also deafeningly silent in this matter. OK, they support "race-preference admissions." But must they support Harvard's racism against AsAms also?
We URGE You To Speak Out
Call or at least email the silent Democratic Congresspersons and "civil rights orgs." They cannot be silent on racism against AsAms. Also speak up on our Poster Board. If there is a strong consensus, 80-20 EF can help you persuade the elected officials and so called AsAm civil rights orgs.
S. B. Woo
President and a volunteer for the past 20 years
80-20 Educational Foundation, Inc, a 501 C-3 organization,
PS: Those in CA will know the name of Fiona Ma who has been endorsed by LA Times to be CA's next Treasurer. Unfortunately, her Chinese name was listed incorrectly in a number of ballots. It should be 馬世雲. Instead it came out as 菲奧娜.馬 in some ballots. Please tell your CA friends about this error, since mail ballots are already being mailed in.