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Institutionalized Racial Discrimination at Yale

Updated on December 7, 2015
Yale Students Ask Yale to Move on the Discrimination Issue
Yale Students Ask Yale to Move on the Discrimination Issue

Institutionalized Racial Discrimination at Yale University

College students often do not realize how lucky they are, how good they have it. This realization most commonly kicks in later, when the formerly spoiled college students have to work 8 or even 10 hours per day, 50 weeks per year, with an older body and wiser mind. With substantial financial burdens, in competition with other adults during variable economic conditions, college graduates and drop-outs eventually reach full neurological maturation at about age 28. The cruel world after college, full of stress, disappointments and indignities, more likely results in disease, job loss, divorce, bankruptcy, substance abuse, betrayal or one of the other tragedies life holds for grown-ups. Young people eventually realize the inherent sinfulness of human beings, which is kept in check only by laws, manners, religion, education and respect for their elders, ethics and agreements.

It’s difficult to tell whether recent alleged discrimination on college campuses results from the actions of outsiders, students, intoxicated students, intoxicated outsiders or agents provocateur. Proof of discrimination for media purposes is nevertheless assumed, without further inquiry into the identity of the perpetrators. Because the events occurred on college campuses, the administration of those institutions is automatically faulted.

I have actually heard about, in such a way as for me to believe it, some racial discrimination by police at the University of Missouri. But it’s very difficult to believe such racial discrimination involving African Americans actually exists at Yale University … unless we are talking about the racial discrimination against Asians and in favor of African Americans that has been proven and clearly exists at elite universities. Under the modern de facto discriminatory policies followed by Yale and other Ivy League universities, Asian applicants must often outperform African American applicants by a few hundred points on the SAT to gain admission to Yale and other Ivy League universities. The wide and embarrassing achievement gap between Asian and African American standardized test scores simply won’t go away with current policies. In Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed, author Jason L. Riley shows that blacks do better when academic racial preferences and other liberal policies are eliminated.

This brings us to one recent student demand that white college administrators admit their “white privilege.” That demand reveals a clear case of psychological projection. African Americans have been receiving a black privilege to attend colleges and universities with lower board scores than whites and Asians. Black privilege at Yale sometimes results in less effort, a spoiling effect. At Yale, the complaining college students seem not to realize that they have been accorded one of the highest privileges in the world, arguably in some cases an unearned privilege that just might explain some of the petty slights and indignities of this imperfect world. Their demanding protests against discrimination might result in less racial discrimination at Yale, without sacrificing free speech, but not in the way they intended. We seem to have come through a full social cycle.

It's Yale University's move. Yale University might decide to end their institutionalized racially discriminatory admissions policy … or, to compromise, reduce the overtly discriminatory effects by half. For now, free speech is sacrificed in the name of political correctness, as the Doctors Christakis have taken sabbaticals.


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