Originally posted by Heads Up:
"We need affirmitave action for white students vs. the Asians. Asians are running away with the high scores it takes to get into medical school. The Asian kids seem to be smarter."
On the surface, it seems to be a reasonable argument to claim that "We believe that racial preferences in all their forms are perhaps the worst form of bigotry confronting America today."
Yet, consider the golf game.
For example, what's YOUR handicap?
Handicaps are a relatively recent (by comparison to the age of the game) invention of a golf "handicap" which is a method of allowing a less experienced or junior player to compete on a "level playing field" with a more accomplished or superior player.
It's considered the 'great equalizer.'
In a similar sense, the majority ethnicity (I don't like to use the word 'race' - there's only one, the human (though same say two, including the rat - it's a joke... laugh!) - has a distinct advantage over the minority ethnicity. So, how should an equality system be established to create a 'level playing field'?
Hence, the creation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the United Negro College Fund, and other organizations created especially and specifically to benefit the Negro.
Caucasians continue to have significant advantages over Negroes in many areas.
It is reasonable to create a system to allow everyone to play on a 'level playing field.'
Now... respecting the comment that "Asian kids seem to be smarter."
The key word is "seem."
They're not smarter than American kids, they just work harder.
A good example of that can be seen in the research performed by Stanley and Danko, and published in their book "The Millionaire Next Door."
"One of the major myths concerning wealth in this country relates to ethnic origin. Too many people think that America's affluent population is composed predominantly of direct descendants of the Mayflower voyagers. According to our research, 7.71 percent of all households in the English category have a net worth of $1 million or more. Three other ancestry groups have significantly higher concentrations of millionaires. How can it be possible that the English ancestry group does not have the highest concentration of millionaire households? The longer the time here, the less likely it will produce a disproportionately large percentage of millionaires. Why is this the case? Because we are a consumption-based society. In general, the longer the average member of an ancestry group has been in America, the more likely he or she will become fully socialized to our high-consumption lifestyle. There is another reason. First-generation Americans tend to be self-employed. Self-employment is a major positive correlate of wealth."
This book has some of the most fascinating research findings about wealth.