WUI (Writing under the influence)

Somebody once said we are all Americans, sometimes born in the wrong places.
On a warm autumn day in 1986, while enjoying beer with my college buddies,
I decided to join my new homeland.

I've come to appreciate the ideals that helped create this great country.
Liberalism, political-correctness, multiculturalism and moral equivalence
are destroying it.

This old house Grovenet Wal*Mart Visiting Poland American wine better than French.

Saturday, October 09, 2004

 

All men are created equal

If you can cut through the spin, this piece has some interesting data about diversity and affirmative action. The article tries to explain away why "few high school students understand what "affirmative action" really means". I think they know exactly what it means.

Do colleges use race/ethnicity as an admissions factor?
  • 74% believe colleges and universities do use race, ethnicity, or religious background as an admission factor
Is it fair?
  • 82% said it would not be fair to do so
  • 87% of Caucasians, 77% of Asian Americans, 76% of African Americans, ands 75% of Latinos said no
What are other consequences?
  • 53% using these as factors for admission lowers admission standards
  • 74% said using these factors affects the way minority students feel about themselves
  • 78% said using these factors affects the way non-minority students feel about minority students
Affirmative Action
What does it mean?
  • 30% said it means admission of a certain number of students of specific racial, ethnic, or religious background
  • 22% said colleges can give positive consideration to race and ethnicity
  • 19% said it means colleges must admit students based on their academic achievements only
  • 16% said Caucasian students may be denied (admission) due to the admission of students of specific racial, ethnic or religious background
  • 8% had no idea
  • 21% of Caucasian students said "affirmative action" means Caucasian students may be denied admission compared to 6% of African Americans, Asian Americans, and Latinos
Do adults overemphasize diversity issues?
  • 56% believe adults over-emphasize the importance of racial, ethnic, and religious diversity and related issues
  • 60% of Caucasian students, 54% of African American students, 51% of Latino students, and 49% of Asian American students believe it is overemphasized

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