Kirsanow continues: "Asian Americans, though only 4 percent of the nation's population, account for nearly 20 percent of all medical students. Forty-five percent of Berkeley's freshman class, but only 12 percent of California's populace, consists of Asian Americans. And at UT-Austin, 18 percent of the freshman class is Asian American, compared to 3 percent for the state."
For liberal race-fixers, having "too many" Asian-American students winning admissions on their own merits is a bad, bad thing. Overcoming the encumbrance of colored skin is viewed not as an accomplishment, but as a liability. A sad irony of the battle over racial preferences on campus is that many of the leaders who want to re-jigger the numbers to fit a politically correct, proportional ideal are traitorous Asian Americans themselves.
With a great deal of moral smugness and zeal, these "Me, Too" members of the cult of victimization are echoing calls to defend campuses against the supposed "threat" of race neutrality -- despite all the bald evidence that racial preferences are harming their very own constituents. In the name of diversity, they share President Clinton's demeaning concern that merit-only-based admissions could lead to universities filling "their entire freshmen classes with nothing but Asian Americans."
In the more than a decade that I've been writing and reporting on the harm that government racial preferences causes Americans of all races and ethnicities, liberal Asian Americans have gleefully labeled me an "Aunt Tomasina," a "coconut" (brown on the outside, white on the inside) and a "sellout." But when you look at the numbers, when you look at the clear intent of the law, and when you cut through the smokescreen of politically determined "diversity," it's quite clear who is selling out whom.