Those damned Asians with their work ethic

The debate in American education about its systematic discrimination against certain racial groups is heating up again. But this is no Brown v Board of Education, with jeering white mobs chasing off black students. Nor is it Harvard of the 1920s trying to keep out the Jews. This time, it’s Asian Americans who are rightly fighting back at systemic racism. And it’s not the evil whiteys who are hell-bent on keeping them in their place. quote.

There are a lot of discussions going on about the effectiveness of the SHSAT to determine which students get into New York City’s best public high schools. The Specialized High Schools Admissions Test is taken annually by eighth and ninth graders and it tests a students capabilities in Math and English. It is the only factor in determining if a student will get into one of the eight specialized high schools. end quote.

Well, that all seems fair: the best and brightest reap the reward of hard study. Unfortunately, such merit-based selection doesn’t pander to certain peoples’ ‘progressive’ narrative. quote.

Asian students have the highest acceptance rates while black and brown students have the lowest. People who opposed the SHSAT said that the test creates segregation and leaves black and brown students behind. People for the test said that the test is objective and is a fair measure where race is not taken into account.

The Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, wanted to scrap the SHSAT with a plan to admit the top 7 percent of teenagers from every middle school. end quote.

Note the sleight-of-hand there. American schools tend to be highly divided on racial lines. White and Asian Americans perform significantly higher on standard tests like PISA than their black and Hispanic counterparts. The top 7 percent from a mostly black school will almost certainly be very different from the top 7 percent from a mainly Asian school. quote.

This was met with backlash from some in the Asian community that felt that they were being unfairly targeted.

On Friday night the debate around whether to keep the SHSAT test heated […] it got a little testy when one speaker was accused of making a racist statement. end quote.

Asian Americans tend to be high achievers in education, not least because of the high expectations enforced by Asian parents and culture. Naturally, they feel that they deserve to be rewarded for their hard work. quote.

“If I work hard, should I have a higher advantage than those who don’t even try? Instead, they are the ones having a higher advantage,” Chorus Lee said. “Because while I am doing practice exams, studying and trying my best, other students are probably watching TV and playing video games, and are not even trying. It’s just not right for me to work hard while others are just being lazy.” end quote.

A black politician in attendance immediately berated Lee for “those racist attitudes.” But, if you hear the word “lazy” and immediately think “black”, then who’s the racist? quote.

Senator Liu spoke up and said that “lazy” had nothing to do with race. “Chorus Lee never mentioned anything about race,” he said. “I could tell you […] when we [Asian-Americans] say ‘lazy people’, we’re not talking about anybody from any other race. A lot of times, we’re talking about siblings and other people we go to school with.” end quote.

But, hey, if those damn Chinks do so well, it has to be because they’re cheating. [sarcasm] quote.

One woman went after Asian Americans and their “cheating.” Mary Alice [Miller, an African American graduate of Stuyvesant High School], said, “High achieving African-American and Hispanic youth scholars cannot compete with a culture that has no problem with cheating on standardized tests […] Some of the newer immigrants […] have come with their cultural view of cheating on standardized tests.” end quote.

Wow, that’s pretty racist stuff. No doubt that bigot was put in her place. quote.

The crazy part is that Bklyner reported that even though there were a few hecklers, some applauded her, and most just accepted it. end quote.


Apparently, it’s okay to gibber the most demented racism, so long as it’s directed at Asians and the racist is black.