The race-obsessed ‘anti-racists’

“There is no racist like an antiracist”, Theodore Dalrymple says. “That is because he is obsessed by race, whose actual existence as often as not he denies.” “Anti-racism” is an article of faith for the American left, hence shouting “racist!” as their first resort of debate: imagining themselves the only champions of anti-racism, it axiomatically follows that anyone who opposes the left must, ipso facto, be a racist.

Yet, the American left are utterly obsessed with race, even as they do, indeed deny its very existence. As Dalrymple wrote, they “[look] at the world through race-tinted spectacles, interpret[s] every event or social phenomenon as a manifestation of racism”.

Not least among these phenomena is education. Even the left can’t fail to notice that black and Hispanic Americans tend to perform notably badly in the education race. Naturally, it must be because of “racism” – or, in the code word du jour, “adversity”. quote.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that The College Board, the nonprofit organization that oversees the SAT, will begin assigning students “adversity scores” in an effort to help colleges increase diversity on college campuses. end quote.

The SAT has for nigh on a century been the educational standard for Americans. It was explicitly designed as a standard test to assess students’ readiness for higher education. It’s a merit-based criterion.

But this is not just an everyone-gets-a-prize generation, it’s the generation of the Intersectional Totem Pole. quote.

According to the newspaper, the test taken by thousands of aspiring college students each year will consider 15 different factors of a student’s background, such as the crime rate of the neighborhood where the student lives and the poverty level in that area. end quote.

In other words, a dullard from the ghetto gets a bonus, while the dedicated student from the suburbs gets penalised.

And let’s not pretend it’s not about race. quote.

While the Journal reports the adversity score will not specifically consider a student’s race, it is likely that minority students will reap the most benefits. The Wall Street Journal reported that, on average, black and Latino students score significantly lower on the SAT than white students, while Asian students score significantly higher than white students […]

“The purpose is to get to race without using race,” Georgetown University Director of the Center on Education and the Workforce Anthony Carnevale said. end quote.

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Even the race-obsessives of the left have realised that penalising or rewarding students simply on the basis of their skin colour isn’t a good look – especially as Asian Americans get increasingly antsy about being nobbled for their dedicated studiousness. So, they resort to this pea-and-shells race gambit.

Well, call me old-fashioned, but I don’t care what colour my surgeon is: all I care is that they got through medical school on account of their merit. I don’t care if the person who designed the bridge is named Da’quan, Becky or Wing: I’d much rather rest assured that they got into Engineering because they were smart, not because they ticked off some “adversity” boxes.

The race-obsessed left are trampling all over the great words of Martin Luther King: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin”.

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