Asian Americans

An Elite Public High School Changed Its Admissions Standards To Reduce the Asian-American Student Population

In the name of helping racial minorities, officials are adopting a plan that would boost whites at the expense of Asian Americans.

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Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax County, Virginia, is one of the most elite public schools in the country. In 2019, U.S. News and World Report ranked it as America's best overall high school.

It also educates a substantial racial minority population: 70 percent of TJ's students are Asian-Americans—many of them children of immigrants.

You might think progressive education officials would celebrate this. Instead, they have decided to jettison the school's famously tough admissions test in favor of a "holistic" (i.e., subjective and arbitrary) system that will permit officials to reject Asian-American students in favor of less-deserving students who belong to other racial categories.

The Washington Post reports:

Under the new rules, Fairfax will first identify all eighth-graders who meet certain academic criteria: those who achieve an unweighted GPA of at least 3.5 while taking Algebra I or a higher-level math class, in addition to math and science honors courses and either an English or social studies honors course.

Qualified eighth-graders will be invited to complete a math or science problem-solving essay, as well as a "Student Portrait Sheet." Fairfax staffers will review these, taking into account "experience factors" including whether students are low-income, have special needs or come from households that do not speak English.

Ultimately, 550 middle-schoolers will receive offers each year to attend the prestigious STEM school, which is often ranked the No. 1 public high school in the nation. In a bid to ensure geographical diversity, a certain number of seats will be allotted to every middle school in Fairfax County, to be filled by eighth-graders at that school who meet criteria.

The cap on how many students can enter TJ from each middle school is arguably the most impactful: There are three middle schools with predominantly Asian-American student populations that typically account for a sizable proportion of TJ's admissions. Limiting the number of admissions letters available to the students at these schools will in effect artificially limit the Asian-American applicant pool.

The new admissions policy has drawn a lawsuit from the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF), which represents a coalition of parents. These plaintiffs include Harry Jackson, father of one of the six black students who was admitted to TJ in the previous cycle. Jackson understands that under the new policy, additional black and Hispanic students would likely be admitted, but doesn't see how this is fair to the more qualified Asian-American students.

"As an African American father of a TJ student, I would also like to see more Black and Hispanic students at the school," he told the Post. "But if those students are not making the grade, the problem isn't the standards. It's more likely that the elementary school pipeline is failing to prepare them for the rigors of an environment like TJ."

In his own op-ed for The Washington Post, Jackson accused the school of treating Asian students as if they were "the wrong kind" of racial minority.

PLF's lawsuit argues that the new admission plan was clearly adopted for the explicit purpose of curbing Asian enrollment, and is thus unconstitutional.

"The government cannot choose who receives the opportunity to attend public schools based on race or ethnicity," said PLF attorney Erin Wilcox. "Such actions clearly violate the Fourteenth Amendment's guarantee of equal protection."

Fairfax County Public Schools have not yet commented on the lawsuit, expect to note that TJ is committed to maintaining its excellent standards while fostering racial diversity.

One of the most fascinating aspects of the new admissions plan is that the largest beneficiaries would not be racial minorities, but white students. According to PLF, the school district's own projections showed that white enrollment would increase more substantially than Black or Hispanic enrollment. And if the school board succeeded at its stated goal of "proportional" racial representation among the student body, white enrollment would increase even more dramatically. As Ilya Somin noted in a post for the Volokh Conspiracy:

The student body at TJ is currently 73% Asian-American, 1% black, 3.3% Hispanic or Latino, 6% other, and 17.7% white. If, as County school officials indicated, the goal of the new policy is to get a student body that is "proportional" to Fairfax's population demographics, the biggest change would be an increase in the percentage of non-Hispanic whites from the current 17.7% to somewhere between 50 and 60%, though the percentage of blacks and Latinos would also increase. The plaintiffs' analysis estimates that the new admission system would, in fact, result in a student body that is roughly 31% Asian-American, 5% black, 8% Hispanic or Latino, 48% white, and 8% other.

In the name of helping racial minorities, officials are adopting a plan that would boost whites at the expense of Asian Americans.

This debate is unfolding at a time when anti-Asian animus has taken center stage, thanks mostly to a perception that anti-Asian hate crimes are rising. Any serious effort to confront systemic racism against Asian Americans must grapple with the fact that the admissions policies of elite educational institutions—not just TJ, but also Harvard and Yale—deliberately discriminate against Asians. Such policies should anger anyone who thinks anti-Asian bias is a pressing issue.

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  1. But, but, but….It is Ok if the Woke Left does it. They are not being racist, you see, they are only proactively discriminating in the name of restorative justice.

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  2. This is the logical result of pursuing equitable results as your end goal rather than merit and equality under law. The people behind this policy are focusing on the most irrelevant statistics.

  3. The cargo cult mentality of the left on full display here. They can’t see any connection between the fact that this is a high-performing school and the fact that it has a high percentage of Asian-American students. No, there’s something about the school itself that produces high-performing students, so let’s put poor students in there and they’ll magically become good students! It’s the exact same thinking that sees college graduates making more money than high-school dropouts and reasoning that if we give everybody a piece of paper that says they graduated from college they’ll make more money. They see a connection between cause and effect, but they get the relationship exactly backward.

    1. The highest correlating factor to student academic achievement is parental involvement. And the best way to get parents involved is to charge them tuition. So close the public schools for the sake of the kids.

      1. Doesn’t this make the same error? Highly involved parents have a greater willingness to pay tuition.

  4. Ah yes, the blanket term “asians”, which covers everything from Persians to Koreans. Truly amazing how the man from Kansas whose parents were from Bangalore is considered a “Pacific ethnicity” but the man born in Vladivostok is European.

    1. Does that really matter? The point is that these racist CRT morons see nothing but skin color. And their entire logic chain is “if I color-code everyone in a region and produce a ratio based on that color-coding, every activity, particularly Government provided services, must conform to that ratio. Non-conformism is racism”.

      It’s such a bankrupt philosophy. It’s disgusting how deeply rooted it’s become.

      1. And their entire logic chain is “if I color-code everyone in a region and produce a ratio based on that color-coding, every activity, particularly Government provided services, must conform to that ratio. Non-conformism is racism”.

        This isn’t even accurate. If you point out some statistic like “10% of CEOs are black” or “10% of business owners are black” or “well more than 10% of all violent felons are black”, they’ll explain how there should be a disproportionately large number of black CEOs and a disproportionately low number of violent black people without the slightest consideration of reality or proportionality.

      2. It is just an extension of 150 years of the democrat party. They’ve tried forcing people to segregate through laws, moving them to large public housing, and now are convincing them to self segregation.

        Democrats have never not had race as a primary motivation to their power.

        1. Solution: get rid of the democrats.

      3. That reminds me of the Family Guy meme where the Peter is detained by police and they hold up paint color chip against his face. The light color matching his face indicates he get to leave detainment. Now that standard is flipped on its head.

    2. Ah yes, the blanket term “asians”, which covers everything from Persians to Koreans.

      This assumes “asians” isn’t short for AAPI or “asian-americans and pacific islanders”, which covers everything from Persians to Hawaiians and Yupik Eskimos to Austral Islanders. All the tribes, nations, cultures, races, religions, and governments from something like 1/3 of the world, lumped together as one race.

      1. Dont forget jews, Rapa Nui and native madagascarians.

        1. The real fun begins when people start arguing that Jews should receive proportional representation too.

      2. I saw that in a TV commercial in California yesterday. A public service awareness message to stop hate crimes against Asians, and Pacific Islanders. Seems like the Pacific Islanders don’t want to be excluded from being oppressed. Except when it comes to school admissions, then the Asians are on their own.

    3. I don’t understand why Europe and Asia are still considered their own separate continents. If Pluto can be downgraded then certainly we can reclassify Europe and Asia to Eurasia.

      1. And Australia should be reclassified as a dwarf continent.

        1. Is India still a subcontinent in this scenario?

          1. SUBcontinent is a demeaning term in this context, and therefore you are a racist.

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          2. India is treated like an outlier. The country is in Asia, but no one thinks “Indian” when the term Asian is used.

            1. In the US anyway. I think in the UK “Asian” refers to Indian/Pakistani as much as to east Asians.

            2. They do if they are a Democrat administration and are accused of being short on Asians in their own diversity model. Then magically the VP is now Asian, so as to absolve the administration of any sin.

              1. Well, she is Asian. Not that that should matter one way or another to anything.

                1. She was Black by the One Drop Rule + Gotta Get Out The Black Vote Rule.

                  She’ll be Black again in 2024.

            3. South Asian.

              I read a WW2 history book from a few decades back where the respected author referred to Asians as Orientals, since they were East Asians. The term is problematic now, even though it only means “Eastern”, which is based on cultural supremacy where England is in the center of the world and Japan is in the Far East.

          3. It’s not a subcontinent, it’s The Subcontinent.

      2. I don’t understand why Europe and Asia are still considered their own separate continents. If Pluto can be downgraded then certainly we can reclassify Europe and Asia to Eurasia.

        With which we have always been at war.

        1. Seamus,
          I laughed my ass off at your comment.
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        2. No, you idiot! We’ve always been at war with Oceania!
          Always!

        3. Well at least they raised the chocolate ration to 20 grams!

          1. I liked how Orwell predicted Samsung TVs that could spy on you. He was only off by about 30 years.

    4. Ah yes, the blanket term “asians”, which covers everything from Persians to Koreans.

      No, under the federal government’s demographic bean-counting rules, Persians (who after all are literally Aryans) count as “white,” while Pakistanis and Indians are “Asian.” The classification system is unavoidably arbitrary, and leads to such bizarre results as that an ethnic Baluchi from Sistan and Baluchestan Province in Iran is counted as “white,” while his Baluchi cousin from across the border, in Pakistan’s Balochistan province, is “Asian.”

      The racial classification rules implode when trying to figure out someone like Freddy Mercury, who was born in Africa, whose parents were from India, but whose ancestors came from Persia (as he was born to a Parsi family).

      1. What do the berber count as?

      2. an ethnic Baluchi from Sistan and Baluchestan Province in Iran is counted as “white,” while his Baluchi cousin from across the border, in Pakistan’s Balochistan province, is “Asian.”

        When technically they’re both Greek.

        1. …they’re all Greek to me.

      3. Pro-tip: If a white & asian get hitched and have a kid, the kid can check off the “multi-racial” box, which is much better than simply “white” or “asian”.

    5. They should try to increase the number of students with Egyptian heritage, because technically they are African-American.

      1. Elon Musk is the richest African American.

      2. Technically we’re all of African descent, if you don’t stop tracing your ancestry at some arbitrary point in time.

  5. Every Asian student rejected has been subjected to a hate crime.
    I doubt the so-called hate crime statistics count them.
    It is also surprising that these woke educators haven’t yet changed the name of their school.

  6. I didn’t go to an elite high school, but I learned in college that diversity is literally the most necessary ingredient in a quality education. If any demographic — including Asian Americans — is overrepresented to such a degree, then obviously the proper thing to do is change the admissions standards.

    Want to help Asian Americans in a meaningful way? Then correct anyone who uses hateful language like “China virus” or “Wuhan virus.” Push back against claims that China is a bigger threat than Russia.

    #LibertariansForAffirmativeAction
    #DiversityAboveAll

    1. So slopes and zipperheads and chinks ain’t hateful? Good to know.

      1. First time I have the word zipperhead, had to look it up in the urban dictionary. Truth be told I have trouble believing the origin of the word.

        1. You need to watch the movie, Gran Torino, with Clint Eastwood, it is filled with words like zipperhead.

      2. What do you call a fat Chinaman?

        A chunk.

    2. You didn’t learn that in college. You were indoctrinated with that in college.

      1. OBL is a parody account. Not a very good one, I’ll admit. But don’t take him seriously.

    3. A bigger threat to whom? I have family in Taiwan and friends in Vietnam and Japan who would absolutely agree that China is a bigger threat and they are correct.

      1. People in the Ukraine might disagree.

        1. Only one country is currently in the business of actively enslaving and genociding a population under their control.

          1. AND IT’S AMERIKKKUH!

            *cough*

            Sorry, spent too long on Twitter today.

    4. I attended a crappy high school but got into an elite private college to study hard science… and my son attended a crappy high school and got into an elite university… and at the lunch table during the move-in there were more east Asians than in his high school.

      It was great to have him thrive there. Everyone there knew they’d all gotten in by grades, recommendations and test scores.

      There’s nothing wrong will calling COVID the Wuhan SARS. It is a SARS virus and it originated in Wuhan.

    5. Diversity is not the most necessary ingredient in obtaining a quality education; hard work, repetition, discipline and persistence is.

  7. What the social activists really think:

    Option 1. In the year 2021, Asians are actually “super-whites” that are not entitled to special status. (Unless, of course, they are deserving in other contexts, if it serves the progressive agenda.)

    Option 2: Only dark people are true minorities deserving of special status, because reasons.

    Option 3: Aside from racial profiling and posturing, the real evil in free society comes when some people do better than others, for ANY reason. Differential achievement (and initiative) must be stamped out.

    1. Option 2: Only dark people are true minorities deserving of special status, because reasons.
      But which dark people? The US Census Bureau considers Middle Easterners and people from the top shelf of Africa as white. Spaniards are not Hispanic, and Greeks and Italians are basically tanned Swedes and Danes.

    2. BiPOC spells it out: Black people first, “indigenous” as a parenthetical afterthought (who are mostly useful for referencing during pompous statements acknowledging the original owners of the land), and all other POC last because they’re becoming unreliable (Hispanic voters supporting Trump, for example) or they complicate the narrative (Asians generally, but also any other POC who choose the left-hand path of self-reliance and achievement). Progs making a big deal about anti-Asian hate right now also ignore the statistical fact that the majority of hate crimes against Asian-Americans are perpetrated by black Americans.

      1. If it’s based on history it would victims of slavery and their descendants first (so Blacks), then the displaced so-called American Indians the USA seized the land from (so Indigenous), and then people who were imported for cheap labor on the railroads and treated with suspicion as second class citizens (so Chinese and Irish).

        Yet we see woke institutions like ESPN/ABC/Disney celebrating the fact that a light skinned American of Arab descent was hired as a coach, even though there is no history of system oppression against Arabs in the USA.

        1. That analysis doesn’t work because progressives don’t care about the Irish. They just lump the Irish in with “white” and decided that they were not worthy of protection.

          Last I checked, I was able to catch the “Fighting Irish” on TV while eating “Lucky Charms.”

  8. Such policies should anger anyone who thinks anti-Asian bias is a pressing issue.

    Which is pretty good evidence that nobody thinks anti-Asian bias is a pressing issue. They’ll say that they think it’s a pressing issue, but only so long as it serves as a talking point to push leftist ideology and slam right-wing ideology. It’s stated preferences versus revealed preferences, the same way Al Gore talks in apocalyptic terms about global warming from his sprawling ocean-front mansion as he zips around the world on his private jet.

  9. Little did they know then that we were always at war with Eastasia opposed to Asian hate as of last week.

    1. Little did they know then that we were always at war with Eastasia opposed to Asian hate as of last week.

      And my tags were always strikethroughs.

  10. “70 percent of TJ’s students area Asian-Americans—many of them children of immigrants.”

    “the wrong kind” of racial minority” indeed; can you not see how they just keep fucking up the narrative, by being conspicuously successful? If they keep this up they will be put in a category with Jews, and surely no one wants that.

    1. The place leftists ultimately out Jews are called ‘death camps’.

  11. Jews faced the same issues in elite universities including Harvard, Yale, and Columbia where there were official or unofficial quotas limiting the number of Jews accepted. This persisted up to the 1960s and still de facto exists in the name of “diversity”.

    Now it is Asians. A meaningless term to begin with. In biology I have argued here race is a myth. What we loosely call Asian is a multitude of ethnic groups and cultures who have little or nothing in common.

    I just don’t understand people. Why do we keep doing this instead of living up to our ideals of individual worth and natural rights?

    1. Why do we keep doing this instead of living up to our ideals of individual worth and natural rights?

      Answer: Because it is too hard to live up to our ideals. People don’t want to have to listen to their conscience, they want purely hedonistic, valueless lives focused purely on the moment.

    2. Ah, before I forget: Shabbat Shalom, Echospinner; and Chag Semeach Pesach!

      1. Same to you and yours.

      2. And here’s a little slightly very off-color Jewish rap, courtesy of the Hip Hop Hoodios.

    3. “A meaningless term to begin with.”

      It means Chinese, Koreans and Japanese, for the most part. Cultures that have a tradition of competitive test taking for young people going back more than a 1000 years. Cultures that respect teachers. Education tends to emphasize rote learning and memorization.

      1. Cultures where families value education and achievement. You could add Indian as well.

        1. I am less familiar with Indian culture, but I take your point.

      2. “Education tends to emphasize rote learning and memorization.”
        trueman again posts a bullshit claim absent any evidence.

    4. “Race” as the Wokes and Progressives mean it, is indeed a scientific myth. You talk about Asia, but humans in Africa have a greater genetic diversity than everywhere outside of Africa combined. Simply because humans have been in Africa the longest.

      Of course Progressives mean it in terms of power struggles. But their language still uses outdated quasi-scientific names. “Asian” isn’t a race, “Black” isn’t a race. “Asian and Pacific Islander” lumps so much together it ain’t even funny. Then you get “BIPOC” which is a stupid shorthand for “NW”.

      My generation got past race. My dad once broke out in tears when he realized that my generation had moved on from the shit his generation had inherited from his fathers’. But then there’s the generations AFTER me. Millennials weren’t so bad, but the Zoomers seem obsessed with race.

      1. “You talk about Asia,”

        There’s nothing wrong with talking about Asia. It’s a place, and has nothing to do with race or genes. An Asian is simply someone who traces their roots to that place.

        1. Really? Your fellow progs consider the term ‘WuFlu’ to be racist. Even though Wuhan is a place, not a race.

          1. Wuhan is a city, not a race. It has its charms, with remnants of colonial architecture similar to Shanghai’s Bund. (riverside)

            1. Wuhan is actually not a city, but an agglomeration of 3 cities, Wuchang, Hankou and Hanyang. Hankou is probably the one to visit if you’re into tourism.

      2. Did you by any chance come of age in the 1970s?

    5. Living up to ideals requires citizens to take responsibility for their actions and the ensuing results. This is as much anti-freedom as anything. Freedom scares some people; it can be messy and people might make the ‘wrong’ decisions. It’s why the race thing is never ever going to go away. That and it is a livelihood for too many folks.

    6. “Jews faced the same issues in elite universities including Harvard, Yale, and Columbia where there were official or unofficial quotas limiting the number of Jews accepted. ”

      Proportional representation for everybody, or proportional representation for nobody.

  12. I went to one of the best high schools in the country at the time. Made Time magazines’ cover for one of the top 10 in the 70’s and I believe it was, based on my own experiences. This poor son of a pig farmer (with an 8th grade education) tried to keep up and compete with the Indians (dot not feather), Korean’s and Japanese kids at school. Their parents were all professors at the local state university. It was totally unfair. I had a part time job so that I could save for college. My parents could not help me with any class I took. We lived outside of town in the country and I only had a bicycle. It took a whole lot of effort on my part just to tread water staying in that social group. Chess team was the only extra-curricular I had time for.

    Best thing in the world for me. Total competition. I was the minority in that group. Just work harder and be patient.

    1. “Just work harder and be patient.”

      The antithesis of woke.

    2. You didnt build that.

    3. “Total competition. ”

      That’s why schools have sports, track and field etc. Education is more about learning and mastering a subject. An atmosphere of total competition is good for sorting out students into hierarchies according to test results but otherwise misses out on a lot.

      1. Misses out on what? I think I had a well rounded education. It has served me well and I would like others who wish it to have the same opportunity. Quit commenting on things you know nothing about. And my education included quite a bit from working .and growing up on that pig farm. Some people thrive on competition and that is good for the world.

        1. “Misses out on what? ”

          You tell me. While you were busy competing against your fellow students, you could have been doing other things like learning skills where you have greater potential. The Asian model of education which you seem to favor is indeed extremely competitive, but it’s also by necessity narrow, restrictive and authoritarian.

          1. I tell you? Idiot. It is your claim that you made up. Cite where it is narrow, restrictive, and authoritarian. It is not authoritarian or restrictive if the student voluntarily does it. Maybe the Asian Students parents forced them, mine sure did not. I was the 6th of 7 kids and by the time I entered high school they had grand kids to fuss over. Narrow – how could you know?

            1. ” Cite where it is narrow, restrictive, and authoritarian.”

              That is the Asian model of education. If you’ve managed to thrive while under it, good for you. Asian schools and parents have routinely rapped the knuckles or tied the left hands of children in their charge to prevent them from the abomination of lefthandedness. I’ve met people who write right handed because of that, though they are left handed when it comes to using a ruler and such. If the American education system has avoided these excesses, you have the American native anti-authoritarian and non-comformist tradition to thank.

              1. Cite?? not your stupid opinion and limited experience. Still a moron.

                1. Go to East Asia and find out for yourself if it’s important to you. If not, think what educational competition means. It means competitive testing. This favors some areas which can be readily tested such as spelling over other areas which cannot be so easily tested, like composition. You really don’t need cites to show you something that can be thought through with a little application of time and effort.

                  I’ll give you an assignment that shouldn’t be too onerous. To test my theory compare the winners of spelling bees with winners of composition. I predict that Asians fare better in spelling and non Asians in composition. Have a look into this and tell me what you come up with. It’ll save you the bother of a trip to Asia if nothing else.

                  1. “…I’ll give you an assignment that shouldn’t be too onerous. To test my theory compare the winners of spelling bees with winners of composition. I predict that Asians fare better in spelling and non Asians in composition. Have a look into this and tell me what you come up with. It’ll save you the bother of a trip to Asia if nothing else…”

                    Asshole, I’ll give YOU an assignment; back up your claims or STFU.
                    Oh, and fuck off and die.

                    1. No tickee no citee.

                    2. No cittee? Fuck off and die, assholish piece of shit.

                    3. No no cittee. No citee. You no speak Engrish?

                    4. Fuck off and die; you no speak English, asshole?

  13. I’m sorry, Mr. Jackson, ooh, I am for real
    Never meant to racialize
    I apologize a trillion times

  14. Thomas Jefferson High School will also be posting signs throughout the area, advising people of the new policy:

    INSTRUCTIONS TO ALL PERSONS OF JAPANESE ANCESTRY…

    1. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry about that one.

    2. Democrats are fond of that one.

  15. Ultimately, 550 middle-schoolers will receive offers each year to attend the prestigious STEM school…

    Someone less prestigious now.

  16. a “holistic” (i.e., subjective and arbitrary) system that will permit officials to reject Asian-American students in favor of less-deserving students who belong to other racial categories.

    Thus allowing proggies to discriminate against asians while proving that systemic racism exists.

    1. This is one of the things that drives me crazy. Most of the stats “proving” white supremacy involve deep blue areas of the country that have been in the hands of Democrats for decades. If you think these places are systemically racist, stop voting for fucking Democrats.

  17. Most places have zero animus or issue with Asians. My home town area had a huge number of Japanese, with US citizen fathers and grandfathers. My school nurse spent years of her childhood at Manzanar. Plus the area has a huge Chinese population from the railroad days. No one cares who their grandfathers were. My best friend was Chinese, he married a Latino, and they adopted a Black kid. Not one eyebrow was ever raised.

    I suspect that’s true nearly every place in the country.

    Where it’s NOT true is in the progressive enclaves of the affluent coastal elite. The WHITE affluent coastal elite. Their little Johnny is a dolt, and they blame Asians for him not getting into Harvard. That same little Johnny who is part of that culture that thinks the world owes him for existing.

    Blacks and Latinos have been taught to obey the White progressives’ marching orders. They’re changing however, as they figure out it’s all still racism. But Asians never bought into that bullshit. Their children excel in school because their parents are part of a culture that values merit and hard work. Which is anathema to the progressive project. White progressives are pissed that Asians won’t fall in line, pissed that they think themselves equal, pissed that they take slots away from little Johnny.

    Then along came Wokes. White Wokes (again, Whites) created a weird hierarchy of victim status, and Asians are second from the bottom. Except for a handful of tokens, Asians aren’t buying into it.

    1. “Most places have zero animus or issue with Asians.”

      Except Korea which hates the Japanese. Except China which hates the Vietnamese. Except Japan which hates everyone.

      1. I meant in the US. Obviously ethnic states have animus towards other ethnic states.

        1. Haven’t Asians done rather well in the US during the past few decades, where progressives have been ascendant? Compared to the past where they were poorly treated.

          The easiest way to get into Harvard is to have one’s parents attend there, isn’t it? If you can’t get into Harvard, it’s probably your fault for having parents who didn’t go there.

          1. That’s the easiest way. But if you *don’t* have family who are alumni, then it’s better to be black than white or asian.

            1. You have to be an intellectually gifted black to go to Harvard. Even mediocre students can get in provided their parents went. Presumably this holds true for all colors and creeds.

          2. Asians have done well everywhere. The presence of progressives just holds everyone back.

            1. “Asians have done well everywhere.”

              They do especially well in Asia, oddly enough.

      2. Seriously. If you want to see ethnic fighting, I give you Asia, both the Arab and non-Arab parts.

        1. The West seems to specialize in absurd religious conflicts: Is the host the actual body of Christ or does it merely represent the body of Christ.

      3. Japan doesn’t hate everyone. But it’s only slightly an exaggeration to say that everyone in the former Greater East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere hates the Japanese. I can’t imagine why.

        The Japanese are just content with their realization that they are superior to everyone else. Strangely enough, the Koreans are just as content with *their* realization that they are the Master Race. (In Virginia, the Koreans vastly outnumber the Japanese, and are politically powerful enough that students in public schools must be taught that the Sea of Japan is actually the “East [i.e., of Korea] Sea.” Fun times.)

        1. ” I can’t imagine why. ”

          The reasons are various and often surprising. We spell Korea with a ‘K’ thanks to Japanese pressure and concern over Corea preceding Japan in alphabetical order. Normally, English would render it Corea following the Congo, Cambodia, and other examples. (Kenya and Kyrgistan have a ‘y’ or an ‘e’ as their second letter, and follow a different convention.)

          1. No.

            Korea was spelled both Corea and Korea variously for hundreds of years. There exists some supposition that “K”orea stuck because of Japanese antics, but that’s not widely accepted as a fact.

            Also, given Romanization rules for translation of Hangeul (at least dating to 1937), Korea makes much more sense than Corea. ㄱ makes a “g/k” sound, not a “c” sound. It would also make more sense to call the country Gorea than Corea.

  18. If you look at a person’s skin color to determine their worth, you are a racist.
    This policy change is racist.

  19. expect to note that TJ is committed to maintaining its excellent standards while fostering racial diversity.

    “However, fostering racial diversity has always been our top priority, because our strength is obviously based on diversity, even though our former academic strength may not reflect that at this time. Thank you, I will not be taking questions.”

    1. Meanwhile, schools that don’t discriminate based on non-academic factors will admit better students on average.

  20. Yea sure to help whites!

    Like that is reality. These things have only one motive the school isn’t black enough. That’s all that matters. And nothing can be too black.

    Is that racist. You bet. Not what I’m saying which is just reality but what they are doing.

  21. “Any serious effort to confront systemic racism against Asian Americans must grapple with the fact that the admissions policies of elite educational institutions—not just TJ, but also Harvard and Yale—deliberately discriminate against Asians.”

    What you just described *is* the systemic racism against Asian Americans.

    There’s also the street crime, but (a) I’m not sure the criminal always target asians *in their capacity as asians,* and (b) it would really stretch the admittedly-stretchy definition to call this “systemic.”

    1. Affirmative Action is systematic racism. So is the government policy to give preferences to minority owned businesses when awarding contracts.

      Its OK its the right kind of racism though

  22. The whole woke faux concern about Asians only became a thing when they thought they could find another outlet for denouncing white supremacy.

    And as ridiculous as it sounds it might be working. Even though in reality the vast majority of inter racial crimes committed against Asians are committed by blacks.

    Shhhhhh though

  23. Man the democrats have just gone full retard and back to their 1950s racist mode.

    1. They never left their 1850’s racist mode.

  24. White supremacists made them do it.

  25. Within an hour after the shooting in Atlanta last week, left wing race baiting propagandists (who call themselves journalists and Democrats) began citing the event as proof of a nationwide increase in violence against Asians by white GOP males (because Trump called covid the “China virus” and “kung flu”).

    A full page ad ran (claiming to oppose the recent increase in violence against Asians) in yesterday’s Wall St. Journal (paid for by woke left wing Asian Americans) made the same false accusation (to smear Trump, the GOP and white Americans, and to protect the Chinese government for unleashing covid worldwide).

    But in fact, most violence against Asian Americans (and most of the recent increase in the violence) has been done by inner city black men (who hated Trump).

    Then, several days ago, a video (that went viral) showed a black man attacking an Asian woman (while a security guard watched).
    But most news stories (including yesterday’s Wall St. Journal) that highlighted the attack on the Asian woman NEVER reported that the attacker was a BLACK man, and all of the news stories repeated the false claims (alleged last week) that violence against Asians is done by white men who supported Trump.

    Promoting false left wing race baiting propaganda and denying existence of brutal truth seems to be the top priority of Democrats and the news media.

    Biden also halted Trump’s anti Asian racism lawsuit against Ivy League schools, which the left wing propagandist media failed to report or criticize.

    1. The Left’s new-found concern for anti-Asian hate crimes is likely a tactical move to try to stop them from defecting to their natural home in the Republican Party now that the bogeyman Trump is defeated.

  26. Instead of imposing racial quotas (which is racist), the extremely wealthy Fairfax County (whose residents became wealthy due to the huge expansion of federal government and taxpayer $$$$$$$$$) could simply expand student enrollment at TJ High, build a larger high school, and reassign teachers and staff from other high schools in the district.

  27. Hey, look, my high school is in the news again.

    Ah, fuck.

  28. It is the best High School because it is 70 percent Asian…

  29. “SF School Board Member Said Asian Americans ‘Use White Supremacist Thinking’ to ‘Get Ahead’ in Old Tweets”
    https://news.yahoo.com/sf-school-board-member-said-201450957.html

    Uh, the woman is in her 40s at least and the tweets are 5 or 6 years old; this is NOT dragging up teenage idiocy.
    She’s a racist piece of shit and proud of it!

  30. Merits! It’s so easy. The smartest move up the ladder regardless of color. Is this so incredibly hard? What are you fools arguing about? Asians and Caucasians should be all from Eurasia? Both races are inherently different in many ways. Hispanics could technically be from Spain, the Caribbean, south and Central America (wherever European mixed with Native American) and Possibly Portugal? Or if you’re from Spain are you white? What if you’re from Morocco? Are you African or white? Dumb. Smartest, fastest, competent exceed in life. Wtf

    1. “Smartest, fastest, competent exceed in life. Wtf”

      Except if you are one of the referees. Then you don’t have to worry about any of that to exceed.

      1. Ya know, it’s tempting to use it more often that is should be used, but you finally get fed up with assholish liars, trolls and ‘tards where you end up drawing the line;
        Assholish troll, join the two others: flag-refresh.
        A 17-fer!

        1. I didn’t mean to offend you.

  31. Mister Jackson is probably also looking at the great achievement made by his kid, and not wanting it to be diluted by a dumbing down of entrance standards.

  32. Public schools are a lost cause. If you care about your kids’ education, keep them out of the government’s clutches and fight to defund the government schools.

    -jcr

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  34. As usual the room temperature IQ’d bureaucrats and politicians have identified a “problem” and come up with the wrong solution. We should rejoice that there are so many qualified applicants for the limited supply of seats at this pinnacle of education. But the obvious solution, based on the capitalist model, evades these numb skulls because they don’t understand supply and demand. If you have an over supply of talented students, simply convert another school into a STEM site. And another, and another, until the demand for seats is met. Problem solved.
    Not only that, you end up with a better system where each of the new schools gets to compete with the others. Such competition improves the overall educational outcome. Or different schools can specialize in different STEM fields like computers, biotech, math, thereby distributing the best candidates according to their interests.

    1. “Or different schools can specialize in different STEM fields like computers, biotech, math, thereby distributing the best candidates according to their interests.”

      We call such schools ‘universities.’

      1. In a large enough market this differentiation can be used at the high school level as well. NYC has multiple STEM high schools as well as one specializing in the performing arts.

        1. Isn’t NYC rife with progressives?

          Do you think the Oklahoma City market is large enough? Or will the students have to move to New York?

          1. If there are many more qualified students than can be accommodated in a city’s given STEM school(s) then they should consider opening additional schools to meet the demand.
            Why am I having to explain the basics of capitalist supply / demand theory in a “libertarian” forum? Oh, I get it. Trolls.

  35. Damn Asian students. They just work too hard and it’s not fair to the other students who spend a lot of time playing video games, tweeting, and marching for woke causes. The government needs to correct this unfair disparity.

  36. Hey, Harvard is elite and they do it.

    Why do you think racial quotas got voted down in woke California? Because Californians of Asian backgrounds don’t want their kids discriminated against.

    1. Bingo…if quota’s help your tribe you vote for them..if not..and you can’t escape culture…no matter how you try to lump in “minorities” to take share from “whites”

  37. This is a great example of anti-discrimination laws have a “narrative” and then the actual intent from politicians (specific results). We were told the federal govt had to stop “discrimination” where someone who scored as high or higher or had just as much merit would not be treated the same by govt or by a private entity per govt law. But that really wasn’t what was intended. It was never “you can’t discriminate” on say ethnicity..if you score the “acceptance” score you are in. Period….but right from the start with the CRA of 64 you had all this stuff about equal results…”disparate impact” which is just bull shit because you can show that in about ever group/sector in America and it has nothing to do with discrimination. “Why are there so few Catholics running movie studies or in the media versus Jews”….discrimination or just cultural factors.

    Getting into this school is based on competition..fair competition…and can we stop calling ever group with a capital letter but “white”? Can’t we say “European American” please if we have to do this?

  38. So quotas that favor some are okay, but quotas that favor others are bad? Even if both groups are “minorities”? Seems like the school was losing “diversity” and the woke crowd is all about “diversity” so the move should be applauded!!! What’s the problem?
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  40. “Asian” is a proxy here for East Asians, mostly Chinese and Korean. That said, the issue being addressed by the school isn’t about race. It’s about culture. The author seems to be ignorant of the difference.

  41. I think everyone should be divided up by the primary carbohydrate in their diet.

    I’m sure that’ll fix things.

    This way you’d have: corn(holers), rice(burners), gluteneers and potatoes.

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