Ask John McCain to free associate
and in response to
he`ll blurt "God`s
vice versa. This apparently irresistible combination
surfaced again in his convention
"Everyone has something to contribute and deserves the
opportunity to reach their God-given potential,"
bleated. "[F]rom the boy whose descendents[sic]
arrived on the
Mayflower to the [likely illegal]
workers. We`re all God`s children and we`re all
God, no doubt, moves in mysterious
ways. But McCain needs to be reminded that the boy whose
forefathers settled the country he professes to love
not been in the good graces of government for quite
some time. The
daughter of illegal migrants is another matter entirely.
benefiting big time—at least at a top government
school like the
"A growing body of evidence strongly
suggests that UCLA is cheating on admissions.
Specifically, applicants often reveal their own race on
the essay portion of the application. This allows
admission staff members to learn the race of the
in violation of Proposition 209, readers use such
information to evaluate applicants. To the extent that
this happens—an extent which can only be assessed with
systematic data on admissions—such practices are de
facto implementation of racial preferences."
So wrote Professor
Tim Groseclose, a political scientist at UCLA, in a
on Suspected Malfeasance in UCLA Admissions and the
Accompanying Follow Up.
supposed to ensure that race would no longer be a
deciding factor in who gets into top government schools.
When voters passed the Proposition, the
state government was supposed to ban any race or gender
considerations in its hiring, contracting or educational
But the decades-old race racket
just went underground. Undaunted, university
administrators proceeded to fashion an admissions
process that utilized
"stealthy surrogates for race." As
Heather Mac Donald has
documented in rich detail,
"Tutors in the
outreach programs [teach] students to emphasize
their social and economic disadvantages in their
application essay." [Elites
to Anti-Affirmative-Action Voters: Drop Dead,
City Journal, Winter 2007] Minority
applicants have become adept at belaboring the pigment
burden in the essay section of the admissions process.
Evidently, administrators are equally good at picking up
help them color-pick candidates.
Register`s Marla Jo Fisher, who broke the story,
provided the backdrop to Groseclose`s resignation and
the blistering report he issued:
"Campus officials have been under
intense pressure to increase numbers of black students,
particularly since a 2006 public outcry over the fact
that only 96 of the nearly 5,000 freshmen who enrolled
at the prestigious campus were African American. This
year, 235 black freshmen plan to enroll for the fall
term, about 5 percent of the freshman class and more
than double the 2006 number." [UCLA
official resigns over admissions concerns | He
suspects cheating in racial admissions, which are banned
by state law. By Marla Jo Fisher,
The subterfuge that Tim Groseclose
has stumbled upon was unnecessary until 1996, which was
when Californians passed Proposition 209. Before Prop.
209, it was standard practice in the
sclerotic system to admit minorities with low scores
while denying admission to
whites and Asians with top grades and test scores.
decades," Mac Donald
"the university had divided its applicants into two
categories: it admitted one half only by objective tests
of academic merit, such as standardized test scores and
honors classes; it evaluated the other half
subjectively, weighing such factors as race, economic
status, or leadership. From this tier, where racial
preferences had free rein, the vast majority of blacks
and Hispanics were drawn."
This racial spoils system is a
testament to the tenacity of diversity devotees.
Preachers and practitioners of
"benevolent" discrimination have institutionalized this
collectivist quota culture in the teeth of popular
opposition and legal injunctions against such practices.
Fortunately, affirmative action has
offended the sensibilities of one black American:
Connerly, president of the American Civil Rights
Institute. The libertarian Connerly is the
force behind the drive to rid
of the invidious
preferences, set-asides, and quotas," and the
man who has
placed the issue on the ballot in states such as
is to restore the primacy of
individual merit to American institutions.
Or, as he told an unsympathetic
correspondent for the PBS program
NOW: "to do
what`s best for the country."
After Prop. 209 passed, the number
of "underrepresented minorities" accepted at UCLA dropped by half. As
is their wont, energetic ethnic advocates framed this
retreat from equal bean-counting as a grave injustice.
bureaucracy, and the UCLA scheming machine, worked
overtime to thwart the popular will.
To increase the
Lilliputian number of minorities, admission
standards were thus lowered for all students. For
example, the importance of LSAT scores was diminished in
the admission to UC Berkeley`s
Similarly, students graduating with top marks from
failing schools that award As for showing up were deemed
as eligible—if not more so—than students graduating with
honors from highly competitive secondary schools. In an
attempt to net yet more minorities, "all
students in the top 4 percent of their high school
class, regardless of their standardized test scores,"
in Mac Donald`s words, were accepted.
But UC Berkeley was not quick
enough to adopt bush-college standards. The measures
university campuses failed to yield the critical mass of
minorities ethnic lobbies were clamoring for.
So, Mac Donald reported, the
university began ignoring all together
"its applicants` objective academic rankings", and
"holistic" method of assessment. Academic scores are
"contextualized". To wit, an applicant with a lower
SAT score who mentions having taken a bullet or quit a
gang will be given preference over a high-scoring
applicant burdened by a two-parent family.
Surprisingly, Groseclose, a scholar
who has produced
rigorous research on bias in the media,
is said to favor the bias he uncovered at UCLA. Or,
as he put it, "the
idea of offering preferences to bring in more black
students." He just disapproves of the secretive
nature of the selection process.
However, if a system that pays
tribute to a type, not to the individual, doesn`t irk
the good professor, one wonders why he went to all the
accommodation of elites to racial preferences has
been studied by
Frederick R. Lynch, the author of Invisible Victims: White Males and the Crisis of Affirmative Action. When
polled, corporate, political and academic elites mostly
quotas/affirmative action. But they seldom resist its
Republicans, the consummate drag
queens of politics (no offense to drag queens), are no
2003, the Bush administration filed a brief challenging
racial preference in student admissions at the
The university was awarding candidates
20 points out of 150 for having the right
and only 12 points for the right mind (a perfect
Bush`s was a most unusual brief
because, as it transpired, the
administration`s challenge was a cover for the very
system Professor Groseclose has exposed at UCLA. Race,
the administration`s Solicitor General
conceded, could be a
factor in admissions under certain conditions.
Racial cue cards in the form of
people can make about whether they`ve overcome hardship"
were quite kosher.
honest support for affirmative action may be more
irritating. But is there really a dime`s worth of
difference between the parties?
Ilana Mercer (email
her) is a
weekly columnist for WorldNetDaily.com, a fellow at
Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies,. and
the author of Broad Sides: One Woman`s Clash With a Corrupt Culture,
Foreword to which was written by
Peter Brimelow. Her website is
www.ilanamercer.com; her blog