Expecting today’s Supreme Court ruling on #affirmativeaction to bring out the “hoteps.”

Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, other hotep missteps, and progressives will be going ape-shit on MSNBC tonight. Oh well. The issue isn’t whether a state’s voters get to set and approve policies impacting minority groups. The real issue is why do minorities take issue with the denial of access to the market for educational capital when it’s not in the interest of the guardians of that capital to give them access in the first place.

The “diversity as value-added to society” argument may get some emotional play but the majority have not intellectually grasped it. They don’t see how diversity positively impacts them. A traditionally white educational institution only benefits from my presence if I have some positive impact on their research activities or, at a minimum, my GPA doesn’t drag down the entire school’s GPA so that they can boast about how great they are in one of their recruiting handbooks.

White employers only benefit from me if they can say “Drew makes the most bad ass policy arguments or Drew can advocate for us in XYZ administrative agency because he knows all the decision makers and the secretaries over there think he’s sexy.”

It’s not about what value you perceive that you bring and the emotional, dramatic, cry-baby, we shall over come whining that comes with it. It’s about you making the person you are petitioning feel that they absolutely cannot do without you. And you can guess what Michigan’s answer is to that last line ….

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Alton Drew brings a straight forward and insightful brand of political market intelligence. Alton Drew graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in economics and political science (1984); a Master of Public Administration (1993); and a Juris Doctor (1999). You can also follow Alton Drew on Twitter @altondrew.
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One Response to Expecting today’s Supreme Court ruling on #affirmativeaction to bring out the “hoteps.”

  1. kenski2013 says:

    “The real issue is why do minorities take issue with the denial of access to the market for educational capital when it’s not in the interest of the guardians of that capital to give them access in the first place…”

    “A traditionally white educational institution only benefits from my presence if I have some positive impact on their research activities or, at a minimum, my GPA doesn’t drag down the entire school’s GPA so that they can boast about how great they are in one of their recruiting handbooks.”

    What the case that came before the Supreme Court dealt with was affirmative action admission criteria (the use of applicants’ race as a factor) by Michigan State public colleges/universities. If these are “traditionally white educational institutions”, then maybe the mindset of the administrators running them need an attitude/tradition check, because such a description suggests that outright racial discrimination has been taking place, which is why, I suspect, affirmative action came into being in the first place, .As I understand it, the courts said (in the past) that race, but not racial quotas, could be used as an explicit part of admissions’ determinations.

    What’s even more disturbing is the phrase “…guardians of educational capital…”, especially in the case of public colleges/universities, which suggests that administrators aren’t there to help students get an education, they are there for their own and their institution’s glorification.

    I agree that the person who wants entry into college needs to bring something to the table–a strong high school grade report, high SAT scores, a history of hard work, average to above average IQ scores. That said, I think colleges and universities need to be sure they aren’t being tunnel visioned in their applicant approval process by assuming that only “traditional white people” have these characteristics and as such are the only one’s eligible for admission. It makes sense to encourage them to cast a wider net when seeking educational talent. Michigan’s voters basically told their public college/university administrators not to worry about that.

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