[Recently by Jared
American Renaissance`s 2008 Conference: Thank You,
hard-working people you`ve always been told believe
in merit and would never act like the
La Raza—have joined the
racial spoils system. They have gotten in right at
the top, and they are playing dirty. They have extracted
pandering promises from all the
Democratic candidates for president—promises
Al Sharpton would be proud to get for
blacks—and have treated the candidates like fools
for good measure.
Barack Obama is the only Democrat to come out of
this with at least a shred of self-respect.
The group behind this is
one you never heard of: the so-called
80-20 Initiative. Founded in 1997 by Dr. S. B. Woo,
an immigrant from China and former
lieutenant governor of Delaware, it gets its name
from its proclaimed goal, which is to deliver 80 percent
of the Asian vote to candidates it supports, especially
in close races where an
Asian bloc vote could
swing the election.
It is an almost entirely
web-based political pressure group, which claims to have
an e-mail list of 750,000 Asians it can activate at the
touch of a "send" button. In an interview on CNN,
claimed 80-20 can reach 55 percent of the
"Asian-American community" within eight hours.
80-20 claims that Asians
may be the worst victims of
racial discrimination in America. As board member
Frank Lee put it in a
statement in January: "We are truly fighting for
. . . rights already enjoyed by all Americans except for
The solution? Quotas—but
quotas for jobs like
policeman. 80-20 wants quotas for
federal judges and top management in
private industry. And it is playing hardball to get
80-20 started extracting
promises from presidential candidates in the
2004 election. To back up its demands, the group has
put together charts and graphs, claiming that Asians are
only half as likely as non-Asians to be promoted to top
management in industry, and only one third as likely to
get high-level jobs in government. They
claim women, blacks, and Hispanics all do better
Based on these claims,
80-20 sent letters to all the 2004 candidates, offering
its endorsement if they promised to do three things if
the Secretary of Labor (who at the moment is
Elaine Chao)to hold public hearings on
discrimination against Asians,
with Asian-American leaders two years later to report on
progress in the fight against anti-Asian discrimination.
How do you fight the kind
of "discrimination" that you “prove”
with statistics? If blacks are 13 percent
of the population but only 4 percent of the postmen, you
torment the Postal Service until 13 percent of the
postmen are black. In other words,
quotas. That was what 80-20 wanted for the top jobs
in the country.
pretty well with the candidates. John Edwards, John
Kerry, Howard Dean, Joe Lieberman,
Dennis Kucinich, and
Ralph Nader all took the pledge. Al Sharpton was
running, but didn`t sign; he must not have liked the
idea of Asians horning in on his territory. George W.
Bush didn`t sign either.
This year, 80-20 wants
more. In the "Presidential
Candidate Questionnaire" it sent out on June 1,
2007, it kept the first three promises about stamping
and added three more. To get an endorsement, candidates
now had to promise to appoint at least two Asians as
appeals court judges—none is Asian now—and "consider"
Supreme Court vacancy with an Asian.
At the district court
level, 80-20 wanted an outright quota. Candidates had to
promise that during their first term they would appoint
enough Asians to boost their numbers to half their
percentage of the population. That would be an increase
from the present 6 to 21 judges—a three-fold
increase—and would mean the president would have to send
up a parade of Asian nominations.
Candidates also had to
promise to meet with Asian-American leaders to
"review the progress in adding AsAm [Asian-American]
Federal judges," that is to say, be browbeaten.
Chris Dodd, Joe Biden, and
Mike Gravel all took the 80-20 pledge in June 2007, just
days after they got the questionnaire, and shamelessly
bound themselves to a quota for Asian judges. 80-20
crowed that candidates had "replied with the
iron-clad promise of 6 yeses!" [Emphasis in the
original, by the way]
For six months after that,
though, 80-20 got no bites. So it decided to lower its
Hillary Clinton`s people negotiated less binding
terms. On December 10, she signed what 80-20 calls a
"revised" version of the questionnaire. The promises
to end "discrimination" against Asians were
unchanged, but instead of an outright quota on judicial
appointments, Mrs. Clinton promised to "seek to
increase" Asian nominations "until the current
dismal situation is significantly remedied." The
language of the promise
goes on to explain: "To put things in
perspective, not meaning to imply quota, presently there
are 0.6% Asian Am. Federal judges, while the Asian Am.
population is 4.5% . . . ."
“Not meaning to
A quota is exactly what 80-20 wanted, but
couldn`t get from Mrs. Clinton. Instead, they got a
quota in everything but name. She agreed that both at
appeals court levels the current situation is
"dismal," and she promised to improve things
"significantly" during her first term. She thus
committed herself to
openly race-based judicial appointments, and, like
the others, agreed to a browbeating session two years
into her term.
John Edwards and Bill
Richardson later signed the same "revised"
What did Mrs. Clinton get
in return? Just before the crucial California primary,
80-20 endorsed her. "Sen. Obama willfully refused [to
huffed. "That is why we endorse Sen. Clinton."
The group also promised to spend $30,000 on political
ads for Mrs. Clinton in the Asian ethnic media,
radio ads in Cantonese, Mandarin, and Korean. Mrs.
Clinton did win the Asian vote three-to-one over Mr.
Obama. And, of course, 80-20 claimed credit.
After losing the
California primary Barack Obama got religion and decided
to take the pledge, too. But he has been the cagiest
player of all. He swallowed the demands to correct
"discrimination" against Asians without a gurgle,
but his people rewrote the questions about judicial
promised only that he will make it a "top
priority" to appoint
Asian-Americans as district and appeals court
Presidents are, of course,
busy people with lots of "top priorities," so Mr.
Obama got away with promising the least.
No doubt he will
have an even higher "top priority" making
judicial appointments for a
certain other racial pressure group.
80-20 has duly endorsed
every candidate that took the pledge, so it is now
officially neutral in the Democratic race. Not one
Republican candidate bothered to return the
John McCain shows no sign of doing so.
But let`s take a look at
the sleazy way 80-20 doled out its endorsements. It
started by saying it would back only those candidates
who made certain promises. Why, then, did it let Mrs.
Clinton and Mr. Obama successively water down the
promises others had already made? It brazenly cheated
Senators Dodd, Biden and Gravel when it let Mrs. Clinton
make weaker promises and then gave her the same
endorsement it had given them—they were still in the
race. It then cheated Mrs. Clinton when it let Mr. Obama
sign an even weaker pledge to get the same endorsement.
80-20 is playing the
candidates for the fools they are. Needless to say, the
candidates have all been very quiet about how they were
tricked, and about the race-based judicial appointments
they have promised to make.
In the larger sense,
however, what does 80-20 tell us about the kind of
Americans Asians want to be? Traditionally, they have
been the one minority that has not played the victim.
It`s not a convincing role for the racial group with the
highest incomes, the highest life expectancy, the lowest
crime and poverty rates, and a
prominent record of success in companies like
Asians could have chosen
to emphasize their common interests with
whites—eliminating "affirmative action,"
promoting tough sentences for criminals, keeping out
illegal Mexicans—rather than join the chorus about
discrimination. Asians can make it on merit and
do just fine in
But if Asians insist on
quotas for judges and
CEOs, they shouldn`t be surprised to find the tables
turned elsewhere. They will pay—along with whites—if
blacks and Hispanics get serious about quotas in
medicine. Likewise, in a world of quotas, they would
see their admissions to the Ivy League
cut by two thirds.
So why is the one group
that consistently out-performs whites claiming to be
Because they can get
away with it.
They have found an area in which Asians probably are
underrepresented, and are shouting "discrimination"
because they know practically no one—certainly no
presidential candidate—is going to make the obvious
argument: If underrepresentation is all it takes to
prove discrimination, then most of the time America
discriminates in favor of Asians.
In the end, it looks as
though the advantages blacks and Hispanics have gained
bloc-voting, and an
aggressive victim mentality are simply too
attractive even for Asians to forego. As the United
States continues to lose racial and cultural coherence,
Asians appear to be deciding they have nothing to gain
by staying out of
explicitly racial politics in their current implicit
alliance with whites.
And why should Asians line
up with a
white majority that
does not defend its own interests? What was once
"model minority" is obviously concluding that,
in the age of "diversity”, power comes from
When will whites get the
Jared Taylor (email
him) is editor of
and the author of
Paved With Good Intentions: The Failure of Race
Relations in Contemporary America.
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