I have always said that the American universities and educational organization have racist admissions policies and that I benefited from those policies by applying to medical school as black. You don’t have to take my word for it: the schools admitted it openly and in a dramatic way. While posing as black, 8 medical schools which publicly endorsed affirmative action by filing friend of the court (“amicus”) briefs in the Supreme Courts recent Fisher v University of Texas case including Yale, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, Case Western University, George Washington University, University Of Rochester, University Of Nebraska, and Washington University.
That’s right: a large number of these institutions went to the very steps of the Supreme Court and said, “Don’t think that the University of Texas is the only school at discriminates on the basis of race. We are all racists. If you accuse us of racism in admissions, we plead guilty as charged.” The schools openly admit that they have racially discriminatory affirmative action policies that benefit minorities (and fake minorities like me).
Of course, these educational institutions hid their flagrant racism in the colorful language of the law. They are smart enough not to use racist and derogatory language and say “we don’t like chinks” or “white people need not apply” or “Sorry Vijay, we already have too many sand niggers” like people used to say in the old days. In their amicus briefs in the Supreme Court’s Fisher case, the universities talk about the value of “diversity” and “admissions policies that consider all aspects of an applicant’s background and experience, including…the applicant’s racial or ethnic background.” Regardless of the language they use, the effect is the same: the universities shamelessly flaunt their racist admissions policies, publicly endorse racial preferences (i.e. affirmative action), and openly admit they discriminate against their Asian American and white applicants.
In reading their amicus legal briefs, the lawyers for the universities reminded me of our nation’s long history of finding legal justifications for racism. It’s easy it is for lawyers to justify anything. In the Supreme Court’s infamous Plessy vs. Ferguson case legalizing segregation, the court allowed “separate but equal” treatment of minorities in education, bathroom facilities, etc. not realizing separate could never be equal.
I thought of the three-fifths clause of the Constitution, in which enumerates slaves as 3/5 of a person. The Three-Fifths Clause says “Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a term of years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three-fifths of all other Persons.” Of course, “all other Persons” was a euphemism for slaves.
The saddest part about the three fifth’s clause is that it was NEVER controversial in its time. Back then everyone just assumed it was perfectly normal to keep slaves and treat them as 3/5 of a person. And all of the founding fathers of our country including James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson gleefully signed on. To his credit, George Washington later recanted his support for slavery and freed all of his slaves in his will.
I hope that like George Washington, the institutional supporters of affirmative action racism will one day seek redemption for their racism. For example, Georgetown University, which was founded on money from the slave trade, has tried to track down and provide reparations to the descendants of slaves it had sold. Similarly, I hope that one day these schools and organizations will provide reparations to the students they have wronged through their racist affirmative action policies.
For this reason, I compiled a list of the institutions that publically supported affirmative action racism in the Supreme Courts landmark Fisher v University of Texas case about affirmative action. I give special thanks to the eight of them that gave me special treatment when I applied as black (listed below).
This organization represents essentially all American medical schools and endorses racial preferences.
This organization represents essentially all American law schools and publicly endorses racial preferences.
Several Catholic Universities endorse affirmative action.
The University of California filed a brief in favor of affirmative action racism, although they are prohibited from discriminating by law.
All Ivy League schools (Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, University of Pennsylvania) and 6 additional private universities (Stanford, University of Chicago, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Vanderbilt)
I interviewed at Yale and University of Pennsylvania while posing as black. Thank you affirmative action!
10 leading public research universities including the University Of Delaware, University Of Illinois, Indiana University, The University Of Kansas, The University Of Michigan, Michigan State University, The University Of Nebraska-Lincoln, The Ohio State University, The Pennsylvania State University, And Purdue University
These public universities use government money to support state sponsored racism, aka affirmative action. Don’t believe me? Read if for yourself. Please note that I interviewed at The University Of Nebraska while posing as black.
California Institute Of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Case Western Reserve University, Emory University, George Washington University, Northwestern University, Rice University, Tulane University, University Of Rochester And Washington University
All of these universities publically support affirmative action racism. Please note that I interviewed at Case Western Reserve University, George Washington University, University Of Rochester and Washington University while posing as black.
Never applied to any of these schools: just more in the gravy train of schools supporting affirmative action racism.