Since Paul Craig Roberts wrote the piece quoted below, the Supreme Court delivered a heavy blow to racism in academia by striking down affirmative action as unconstitutional. In response, universities and their progressive backers in politics are finding other ways to tip the scales on academic admission. Recently, Massachusetts gave guidance to schools hoping to “pursue racial diversity without affirmative action.” Steph Solis reports in Axios Boston:
Massachusetts issued guidance today to help colleges and K-12 school leaders pursue racial diversity without affirmative action.
Why it matters: Colleges in the state are entering their first admissions season since the Supreme Court struck down race-based admissions.
Driving the news: Colleges may factor in an applicant’s life experiences, including how race-related experiences helped shape their lives, according to the new guidance — just like the federal guidance recommends.
- And the state is encouraging K-12 officials to continue targeting underserved communities in their districts to make sure all students get access to enrichment programs, coursework, counseling and other resources.
- The guidance also says K-12 school staff should harness state resources such as Early College programs, Advanced Placement classes and a multiyear student planning tool.
The big picture: After the SCOTUS ruling, state and federal officials said they worried Black and Latino students would become shut out of higher education.
- Even efforts to end legacy preferences in admissions won’t change “that there are Black and brown kids that now with this affirmative action decision are going to feel like they’re not wanted,” U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona told Axios in July.
Flashback: Nine states banned affirmative action before the ruling, the earliest being California in 1996.
Originally posted July 17, 2020.
Paul Craig Roberts explains why his “advice to white men and women is to avoid universities.” At LewRockwell.com, he writes (abridged):
Academics, if they are white, live in fear of their jobs.
Professors lost their authority when administrations ceased backing them and instead allowed student complaints to result in investigations.
Not only do professors have to try to anticipate the next offensive word or expression—you can’t say things like “girls night out” for example—but also they live in fear of something that they might have written years ago.
At least some white academics are beginning to understand their peril, but not all. Dr. Leslie Neal-Boylan, the Dean of the Nursing School at the University of Massachusetts, was fired for writing in an email that “everyone’s life matters.”
Universities are unsafe places for white males.
Faculty and staff live in fear of baseless accusations that can destroy their careers and their financial lives. White male students are routinely graded down by feminist and black professors and cannot complain as all complaints are regarded as proof that the white male is a misogynist and a racist.
Identity politics is the ideology that prevails in universities, the media, the Democrat Party, and increasingly in the corporate work place.
My advice to white men and women is to avoid universities, especially graduate schools as you will not get an academic job.
It is impossible today for any white student to attend any university in the Western World without constantly hearing how evil “whiteness” is.
The intent is to destroy the self-confidence of whites so that what is so widely proclaimed —“abolish whiteness”—can be achieved.
Paul Craig Roberts, a former Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury and former associate editor of the Wall Street Journal, has been reporting shocking cases of prosecutorial abuse for two decades.
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