Harvard's racism against Asian-American applicants

The empirical data supporting the view that colleges hold Asian-American applicants to higher standards has always been compelling. However, a major problem was that we were unable to look at internal data and reports from the schools themselves. But a federal judge in Boston ordered Harvard to disclose internal documents as part of the upcoming trial. It shows that admission officers ranked Asian-American applicants lower on "personality" traits even though they never met them. The actual alumni who interview applicants ranked Asian-Americans on par with whites when it came to personality. Also, Asian-Americans are ranked higher than the other racial groups on academics and extracurricular.

The following from the plaintiffs' lawsuit is stunning.

" Professor Arcidiacono found that Harvard's admissions system discriminates against Asian-American applicants in at least three respects. First, he found discrimination in the personal rating. Asian-American applicants are significantly stronger than all other racial groups in academic performance. They also perform very well in non-academic categories and have higher extracurricular scores than any other racial group. Asian-American applicants (unsurprisingly, therefore) receive higher overall scores from alumni interviewers than all other racial groups. And they receive strong scores from teachers and guidance counselors--scores that are nearly identical to white applicants (and higher than African-American and Hispanic applicants). In sum, Professor Arcidiacono found that "Asian-American applicants as a whole are stronger on many objective measures than any other racial/ethnic group including test scores, academic achievement, and extracurricular activities."
Yet Harvard's admissions officials assign Asian Americans the lowest score of any racial group on the personal rating--a "subjective" assessment of such traits as whether the student has a "positive personality" and "others like to be around him or her," has "character traits" such as "likability ... helpfulness, courage, [and] kindness," is an "attractive person to be with," is "widely respected," is a "good person," and has good "human qualities." Importantly, Harvard tracks two different personal ratings: one assigned by the Admissions Office and another by alumni interviewers. When it comes to the score assigned by the Admissions Office, Asian-American applicants are assigned the lowest scores of any racial group. ... By contrast, alumni interviewers (who actually meet the applicants) rate Asian Americans, on average, at the top with respect to personal ratings--comparable to white applicants and higher than African-American and Hispanic applicants."

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/15/us/harvard-asia...

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Jun 15, 2018

Not shocking. The thing you gotta respect about Asian Americans is that they haven't become the highest-earning demographic in America by acting like they're entitled to shit. Extremely hard workers and great values that they pass on through their families and communities.

Sucks that they continue to get a raw deal, but that's sort of a microcosm for how a lot of things in America work sometimes. The ones that do less but constantly bitch and moan get accommodated, and the ones that do work quietly and efficiently gain higher expectations and larger burdens. I learned early in this world that for the people at the top, be it bureaucrats or executives, it's easiest to expect more of your good workers and throw your lousy workers a bone just to get them to shut the fuck up. Eventually the good workers will move to the top and the lousy workers will be stuck in mediocrity forever, convinced that the world is against them.

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Jun 15, 2018

"baby that doesn't cry doesn't get the tit"

Jun 17, 2018

Correct. For liberals, it's ok to discriminate against Asian-Americans.

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Jun 15, 2018

Were you able to find the actual dataset/doyou know if it's public? Seemed reasonable to conclude from the numbers that on aggregate white people also likely benefit from the process as a whole relative to where they'd be be in a purely meritocratic system since 70% or so of the decrease in Asians (roughly 17% of the tota class) was due to factors that primarily benefit white people, but can't really tell for sure without looking at the full breakdown.

Jun 15, 2018

everyone already knew this, this isnt news

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Jun 15, 2018

Only way to fix racism is by being racist. Liberal logic.

Luckily more people are waking up to the cancer in our midst. Liberalism is the enemy of society.

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Jun 15, 2018

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Jun 15, 2018

Bro... you drop a thread that is prety much identical to this every few weeks....

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Jun 15, 2018

You listen to the last Rogan, huh?

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Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

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Jun 17, 2018

The Asian community really needs to stand up and become more vocal. I mean I get it, this community, in general, prefers to hustle and to make things happen than to agitate on the streets and to waste time protesting. That said, community leaders (business people, politicians, lawyers), need to start forming organizations to protect their interest.

They're getting completely stomped by the post-modern liberal narrative. It's unfortunate because my children are mixed and I don't want them to go through this bullshit because of the liberal hysteria that currently dominates the US (particularly in academia).

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Jun 17, 2018

I have always argued that Asian-Americans need to be way more vocal and aggressive. Thankfully, they are starting to get there, as we see with the mass protests against socialist NYC mayor Bill DeBlasio's attempts to get rid of the standardized testing admission requirement for the city's competitive magnet high schools. And now, with the Harvard affirmative action case, expect Asians to get more vocal.

In the past few weeks, I have received private Facebook messages from Asian friends who voted for Obama and Hillary and are really pissed off with identity politics and liberals' blatant discrimination against Asians. One is a lifelong Democrat who switched his voter ID to Republican.

Liberals have lost their minds. We need to keep them in check.

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Jun 15, 2018
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