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Monday, January 08, 2007

Reponding to Discrimination

Half Sigma is discussing affirmative action against Asians at supposedly-elite universities:

Let us, however, not ignore the fact that upper middle class white people don't really want their kids attending a school full of Asian kids. Thus, I predict that schools which keep their Asian enrollment really low will rise in prestige relative to those which don't discriminate against Asians. Thus we expect that Colubmia (13% Asian) will rise in Ivy League prestige, and that Princeton (also 13% Asian) will supplant Harvard (18% Asian) as the top Ivy League school.
I doubt it. The effect of similar discrimination against Jews in the 20th century was to raise the prestige of previously unheard-of schools such as CUNY simply because CUNY got the good students the Ivy League threw away.
Predictably, Asians will clamor for enrollement at the very schools which least want them, in much the same way that homosexuals clamor for acceptance by the Catholic Church. Both groups follow the maxim of Woody Allen (quoting Grouch Marx), "I'd never join a club that would allow a person like me to become a member."
The proper response to discrimination against talented minorities is to go to a formerly second-rate school, make it first rate, win the Nobel Prize, and accept an honorary degree from the school that wouldn't let you in. (Saying “Nyaaaahhhh, nyaaaahhhh” in your acceptance speech is optional.)


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