Friday, April 04, 2014

Asians and AA

Via Steve, Asian state senators in California beat back affirmative action:

To get on the ballot, the amendment needed the support of the Legislature. Among those voting yes in January were Sens. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge) and Leland Yee (D-San Francisco). But after complaints from "thousands of people," those senators sent a letter to Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) this month asking him to postpone action. "As lifelong advocates for the Asian American and other communities, we would never support a policy that we believed would negatively impact our children," they wrote.

Obviously, I am opposed to affirmative action. Without endorsing any specific set of "meritocratic" criteria, racial affirmative action is almost certainly inefficient, lacks transparency in its implementation, and its costs have heretofore been borne predominantly by white gentiles. But as the UC admissions data make clear, there aren't enough of those left in the UC system to be displaced by the desired number of underperforming Hispanics. Asian numbers will have to fall.

But while I should be grateful for their opposition to affirmative action, the straightforward ethnic self-interest on which California's Asian politicians grounded that opposition reinforces the point I made about Asian immigration: how is increasing the numbers of ethnocentric minorities in America in the interest of my children and their future?


Anonymous said...

What this shows is that there are still double standards when it comes to ethnocentrism. If three white members of the California legislature said that they had voted against affirmative action because it would negatively impact their children, the outcry would be immense. They would be expelled from office, and quite possibly prosecuted on some trumped-up hate crime charges. But as these three are Asian, they can get away with it.


sykes.1 said...

Actually, the Mexicans are a bigger threat. At some point, they will take over the California Democrat party and expel whites, blacks and Asian from leadership roles. So sad, no Jerry Brown, no Diane Feinstein, no Nancy Pelosi, no Marilyn Waters.

The resulting Mexicrat party will then pursue narrowly Mexican interests. They will remain aligned with the national Democrat party to share the national spoils, but locally they will function more like the Dixiecrats of old, including especially La Raza bit.

Considering how things work in Mexico, I would expect a socialist state run by plutocrats (oh wait, that's what you have now) that is not pro-environmentalst or pro-UC system (CSO ok), neither of which benefit low income Mexicans. They will oppose affirmative action for blacks and continue the low level race war against them. The Mexicrats might support water for farms rather than water for fish and reactivate the California Water Plan. And, of course, open borders.

Dr. Φ said...

No Brown or Feinstein perhaps. But Pelosi is elected locally, and there is zero chance that Mexicans will displace the white elite from San Francisco and the pricier bits of coastal real estate.

How this works out long term remains to be seen. Pound for pound, Asians (and East European immigrants to California, for that matter) are a lot more formidable that Mexicans.

heresolong said...

I thought the article was going to be about how Asians didn't approach alcoholism the same way that everyone else did. Hmm.