The left wants you to believe they are the side of tolerance, love, diversity, defenders of American values, and the ones fighting for true equality.
Unless you are Asian, then you are on your own, and you will have to take one for the team.
In a case pending since 2015, the Asian-American community recently found out what they had suspected all along: they were being discriminated against at major universities across the country. Despite having the best grades and test scores, universities were using personality tests and inflated scoring requirements to disqualify Asian applicants. Even hyper-progressive congressman Ted Lieu was outraged, as the documents showed that in highly subjective personality tests, they considered Asian applicants to have a “lack of courage” and to be less valuable socially. As a result, over the past few years, Asian-Americans coined a term known as the “Asian Tax” which means any Asian has to dramatically over-perform in testing to get into prestigious universities or be incredibly overqualified to get hired in specific jobs. These universities will adjust down a score that is too high, and use other factors like subjective personality tests in order to hamstring Asian students in the extremely competitive entrance standards. Also, this discrimination not only covered Chinese, Japanese, and Korean applicants but Indian as well.
Why then do the bulwarks of liberalism such as “higher education” institutions do precisely what progressivism says it stands against? Why do they outright discriminate against someone on the basis of race?
First, the fear of the Diversity Industry. The Diversity Industry is a collective term that I apply to all of the influence and lobbying organizations in the country that operate on the basis of race, religion, or identity. These are the groups that attack through protests, litigation, and press to delegitimize a targeted institution. Interestingly, out of the hundreds of these groups in the country, very few are Asian advocacy groups, and of those, none are high profile. The Diversity Industry is why you’ve started to see corporations put such a significant focus on diversity in the past 10-20 years. No company wants the bad press from a coalition of outside groups calling them racist and suing them every two days. So, it’s easier to comply with the groups and create entire diversity divisions within your company to keep these groups off your back. Incidentally, as Asians are discriminated against in education, so too are they in Silicon Valley. Many companies have begun utilizing a term called the URM, or underrepresented minority. And guess who isn’t underrepresented? That right, Asians. In tiny print at the bottom of these “diversity reports” is the following:
“Underrepresented minorities: groups whose representation in tech has been historically low — Black, Hispanic, Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Other Pacific Islander.”
In other words, the left has actually managed to codify discrimination into the core of their companies and institutions. Go to any tech company’s diversity website. These things are more detailed than the websites of their actual products, and they have entire divisions dedicated to diversity, including VPs and an entire leadership hierarchy. As a result, the side that does nothing but tell the country how racist it is has made discrimination a central part of their whole game. Think of this: the University of Michigan has 93 diversity positions, for a payroll of 8.4 million. If you’ve been asking yourself why tuitions are so ludicrously high, hey, someone has to pay for all this discrimination.
Secondly, the left believes in what I call “radical equality.” Radical equality means that everyone must be equal in all things, even if it means sacrificing those at the top of the success pyramid. Apparently, this means eliminating meritocracy, since they can’t stomach the notion that different people are good at different things. By virtually any metric, Asian and Indian Americans overperform in wealth and success rates, making them a primary target to be sacrificed on the left’s altar of equality. In much the same way that the left uses massive trade deals and climate agreements to equalize and redistribute wealth around the world, they also weaponize companies and universities to do the same within the country. Take the Paris Climate Agreement for example, which would have had the United States subsidizing the rest of globe’s climate initiatives. The root of their belief is that we are just right around the corner from an open borders progressive utopia where everyone loves each other. The only problem is, they have to do precisely what they decry to become the utopia they envision. It’s sort of like the ANTIFA radicals that have to apply fascist tactics to show how much they hate fascism. It’s also why their vision of socialism can never work: someone eventually has to enforce the redistribution of wealth, thus leading to gulags and murders as it did in Communist China and Russia.
Third, the left doesn’t defend Asians as much because they break the whole “systemic oppression” narrative. Given that the most successful ethnicities in the country per capita are non-white, it makes that narrative a really tough sell. The left has tried everything possible to break the country down racial lines because they understand the power of tribalism and group identity as it relates to voting. If you can make a particular group feel that they are oppressed and that you are the answer to the oppressor, then you will likely secure that vote. National pride or religious affiliation are nearly able to trump identity politics, which is why the left has sought to degrade both of those things over decades. This is why it’s surprising to see Asians treated so poorly until you understand the radical equality component. They believe that it’s worth sacrificing Asian-Americans to elevate others, which is one reason you don’t see anywhere near the degree of fight from left wing institutions over Asians as you do for other groups.
In left-wing America, if you refuse to bake a cake for a gay couple, that is a sin that they will literally destroy your life over, yet somehow near-universal discrimination against Asians across multiple companies and universities is just fine. When you make everything about race, this is what you get: Full blown tribalism, where every race has to compete with one another. This is why leftism must be rejected on a grand scale, so we can move forward doing what we should have been doing this entire time: judging one another on the content of character.
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