January 26, 2017

Why I hate affirmative action and quotas

Jay FayzaRebel Columnist
 

In 1997, the University of California, Berkeley changed its admissions process to accept students based entirely on their SAT scores. (SATs test math and grammar skills. They’re a close cousin to IQ tests, which mostly measures cognitive ability.)

The results were shocking:

After the change, 35.5 per cent of the study body was made up of East Asian-Americans (Japanese, Korean, and Chinese), even though that group is only 3 million, or around one per cent, of the American population

Indian-Americans and Jews were also disproportionately accepted.

At the same time, white students accounted for only 33 per cent, despite being over 75 per cent of the U.S. population. Blacks made up 6 per cent of Berkeley students, despite being 12 per cent nationally.

As the years went on, the number of black and white students continued to fall, while the number of Asian students either increased or stayed the same.

We’ve seen this same scenario play out in the Ivy League Schools, MIT, Stanford, and so on. If you were a policy-maker, what could you do to make those numbers statistically more representative?

For a long time, one approach, the Marxist one, has been to push for “positive discrimination,” or affirmative action.

WATCH as I explain why affirmative action isn’t just wrong, it doesn’t even work, in a practical sense.

My solution, a libertarian one, would take into account realities such as the divergence in graduation rates between students of different cultures.

This libertarian solution would actually help more students achieve.

 

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commented 2017-02-05 11:37:32 -0500
Exhibit B(S). Justin’s “small cabinet” balloons to have gender equality after key positions filled. Best & brightest? Didn’t he say 24 plus himselfie? Apparently you can make this stuff up.#brokenfaith We have to lose that religion.
commented 2017-01-27 11:50:38 -0500
That is very good Pierre- I hope that Jay will respond.
commented 2017-01-27 11:34:58 -0500
Why are Indians ( from India not the one from the reservation ) and Asian more talented in higher education ? simple, they are raised by their parents where family is important and of course education is valued, those values are transmitted from generation to generation. And also they are hard working.
commented 2017-01-27 11:30:38 -0500
Jay you are doing better and better each time, especially when you bring one of my favorite mind of all time, Mr. Thomas Sowell , just enjoyed every minute of it.
commented 2017-01-27 03:05:10 -0500
When it comes to affirmative action being applied to benefit women and minorities involving employment I have on more than one occasion been passed over. So Jay’s insightful report hits a familiar chord for me on a personal level.
commented 2017-01-27 02:17:30 -0500
Good for you —Jay. It is about time.
commented 2017-01-26 23:16:00 -0500
Yes, I totally agree that affirmative action is bad. A meritocracy ensures that people reap the rewards of their hard work and are not placed in positions they are not suited for. i just want to make one little correction- M.I.T. and Stanford are not ivy league schools. I used to think Stanford was but it’s not. They are Harvard, Yale, Brown, Dartmouth, Cornell, Columbia, Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania.
commented 2017-01-26 21:54:35 -0500
Great video. This should be mandatory viewing for all Canadian politicians and university students. Sadly though, many of them are intellectually mismatched against this type of discussion.
commented 2017-01-26 20:20:18 -0500
The trick isn’t electing leaders that will change affirmative-action policies…it’s throwing them out if there don’t..
commented 2017-01-26 19:38:38 -0500
To base any decision on sex, race or the like is by definition ___ist. Very civilized.
commented 2017-01-26 18:23:07 -0500
For those REBELS who have not read or seen Doctor Sowell your missing a treat. Myself I have enjoyed his comments for over 20 years he is one of the most intelligent men I have read. REBELS do yourselves a favour and check him out. Doctor Sowell is retiring and I will miss his intellect.
Enlightened Conservative
commented 2017-01-26 18:23:07 -0500
For those REBELS who have not read or seen Doctor Sowell your missing a treat. Myself I have enjoyed his comments for over 20 years he is one of the most intelligent men I have read. REBELS do yourselves a favour and check him out. Doctor Sowell is retiring and I will miss his intellect.
Enlightened Conservative
commented 2017-01-26 17:42:50 -0500
Well this does not hold true for politicians does it little potato because it was 2016.Never mind that they are not qualified.just fill your quota right spud.Just remember if it wasn’t broken the government can fix that right Wynne.[Hydro]It wasn’t a mistake it’s a fricken failure,but what the hell full speed ahead[backwards]What’s a few billion when it’s not your money.I apologies for being so negative but this shit is true.
commented 2017-01-26 17:26:36 -0500
GEORGE DYER commented 10 mins ago
Dan Mancuso, building on your suggestion, I offer:
http://www.akdart.com/libspeak.html

Thanks, normally I would have laughed my ass off reading that great reference list, but it was far too realistic.
The title is a real winner…
“Why Don’t Liberals Just Say What They Mean?
A handy translation table from Liberal P.C. Doublespeak and code words to plain English…”

You may find this “Shakespeare Insult Kit” helpful, or at least fun:
http://www.pangloss.com/seidel/shake_rule.html
commented 2017-01-26 16:36:26 -0500
I believe there is a small error in the video @ 0:25. Jay seems to say 3.5% and the animation shows that, but the numbers don’t add up. The article text shows 35.5%, which makes things add up.
commented 2017-01-26 16:33:30 -0500
There’s a big list of lefty/progressive/globalist weasel words that have been foisted on us, like ‘affirmative action’, that need to be exposed for what they are – just like you did here Jay – and dealt with accordingly…
You could do a series – ’Progressive’s Weasel Words Exposed’ and cover one weasel word per show, 5 to 10 minutes per episode. A big flashy intro (pilot) to make ‘em sit up and pay attention – there’s lots of hot conservative reporters around…Get it to go viral…
Here’s a short starter list:
diversity
social justice
inclusion
tolerance
multiculturalism
triggering
gun-free-zones
free-speech-zones
rape culture(in the West)
any -phobe
’We’re from the government and we’re here to help you…’