There was only one thing that disturbed me more than President Bush's mushy comments praising socially engineered campus "diversity" this week.
It was the newspaper photos and television broadcasts of militant Asian activists joining other liberal minority students across the country in a Sumatran gibbon-like celebration ritual of chest-beating, fist-pumping and pro-affirmative action whooping calls.
Both Bush and the college zoo denizens were responding to the Supreme Court's racial preference rulings, which can be summed up thusly: It's dandy to discriminate in public university admissions. Just cloak your bigotry under the disingenuous guise of promoting "cross-racial understanding." Go ahead and trample the 14th Amendment's equal protection clause. Just don't make it so damn obvious.
Nearly 30 Asian-American political and legal organizations inexplicably filed amicus briefs in support of the University of Michigan's race-based admissions policies -- one of which awarded bonus points to blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans, but not to Asian-Americans or whites, on the mere basis of their skin color or ethnicity. The noxious point scheme was struck down, but the high court upheld the university law school's stealthier scheme of ensuring a "critical mass" of racial and ethnic minorities.
Except, that is, for Asians.
Out of political expedience, you see, "minority" has been redefined by racial-preference promoters. It is no longer an objective statistical category, but an ideological status. Members of minority groups who have overcome barriers to success -- and who oppose being tallied by race -- are no longer viewed as people with valuable heritages, diverse life experiences, or raw memories of discrimination and prejudice. They are effectively "white" and simply don't count.
Clueless Asian-American students and leaders are proclaiming "victory" with other minority groups in the wake of the Michigan decisions. But as Peter Kirsanow, one of the rare voices of sanity on the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, notes, "were Asian-American students not discriminated against in the college-admissions process, they would constitute the largest minority group, if not an outright majority, at many schools." A recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the percentage of Asian-American applicants granted admission at the University of Texas-Austin rose from 68 percent to 81 percent immediately after the Hopwood decision struck down race-based admissions policies in the Fifth Circuit. After California's Proposition 209 ended race-based admissions, the percentage of Asian-American freshmen at Berkeley rose 6 percent.