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Asian Americans Emerging as a Strong Voice Against Critical Race Theory

By Helen Raleigh, Newsweek

Critical race theory (CRT) is a divisive, discriminatory ideology that judges people on the basis of their skin color. It has penetrated our society—it’s in federal agencies’ and federal contractors’ “bias training,” in school curricula and many corporations’ “diversity training.” Few are willing to speak out against it for fear of being labeled racists or white supremacists. Asian Americans, however, have emerged as a powerful voice against this pernicious ideology.

The Chinese American Citizens Alliance of Greater New York (CACAGNY) delivered the most vigorous rejection of CRT yet, calling it “a hateful, divisive, manipulative fraud.” CACAGNY is one of the oldest chapters of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance, which was founded in San Francisco in 1895 to respond to nationwide discrimination and violence against Chinese Americans. For more than a century, this organization has helped Asian Americans, especially Chinese Americans, to “quicken the spirit of American patriotism” and to “insure the legal rights of its members.” CACAGNY speaks out against CRT now because Asian Americans have experienced its harm firsthand.

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  1. From the article:

    “In Washington and California, CRT activists tried to restore affirmative action in employment and college admissions. One of their arguments was that Asian Americans were “overrepresented” in universities. Efforts in both states were defeated at the ballot box, mainly due to opposition by Asian Americans, who were concerned Asian students would be unfairly penalized in college admissions.”

    I happen to thing that in this, the Asian Americans are quite right. The recent Harvard admissions case revealed a lot: If Harvard admitted students in a race-blind manner, they would be admitting 40% Asians. (By that, I mean people of Asian descent, including Asian-Americans.)

    I see nothing at all wrong with Harvard admitting 40% Asians, if that is what ‘race-blind’ consideration results in.

    https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/404341-doj-says-harvard-hurts-asian-americans-with-race-based-admissions

    What I DO object to is Harvard using phony fudge-factors to try to justify keeping Asian admissions lower, apparently just to ensure that “enough” blacks and/or HIspanics are admitted.

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