When news broke of the landmark Supreme Court ruling reversing affirmative action, I rejoiced, along with countless other Asian Americans.
To celebrate, I tweeted about my brief exchange with my daughter, “Told my daughter today is a big day. They ended the affirmative action. “Isn’t that what you’re fighting for? she asked. I said yes.”
Little did I know how that would trigger the leftist universe of Twitter to launch vicious attacks on me, an ordinary Asian immigrant mother in New York.
After decades of allowing colleges to use racial preferences — to right past wrongs and create more diverse college classes — ending race-based admissions was monumental for Asian American parents like me.
It was a decision we had long hoped for – that our children, all children, would be treated the same by colleges, regardless of race.
The next morning, my Twitter notifications were on fire.
Media personality Soledad O’Brien quoted my tweet with an unexpected condescending and nasty snark: “Congratulations on fucking other people of color ma’am!” (Especially those whose civil rights efforts paved the way for your family’s arrival in America!).”
Atlantic writer Jemele Hill blew her own dog whistle: “I can’t wait until [your daughter] reads that you willingly carried water for white supremacy and stabbed people in the back whose people fought diligently for the rights of Asian Americans in America.
On Saturday, political left-hander George Takei (aka Sulu from Star Trek) chimed in: “Congratulations. You have ASS: Asian sucker syndrome. »
Their millions of followers piled up for days, spitting thousands of disgusting anti-Asian xenophobic comments on my feed: “Asians should be grateful for what you get. “You are used.”
There have been calls for a boycott of Asian businesses and even death threats against me.
The attacks were vicious and relentless. Friends needed to check on my mental state and safety.
Even Progressive Asian New York Rep Grace Meng (D) suggested that I and other Asian Americans were being used as pawns in deep blue New York City by ‘white supremacists’ .
What a ridiculous statement!
None of my detractors commented on the merits of the case.
This case has escalated for years – one would have to live under a rock not to miss the blatant discrimination against Asian students.
The data is notoriously incriminating and has been widely reported: for applicants with similar qualifications, only one in eight Asians had a chance at Harvard, compared to one in three Hispanics and one in two blacks.
For left-wing critics, this is perfectly acceptable: subjecting Asian applicants to humiliating and subjective “personality assessments” to reduce their chances of being accepted is what this new breed of leftists really think of ordinary Asians.
The attacks still haven’t subsided, but my consolation is knowing that a majority of Americans support my view.
In December, Pew Research reported that “82% of American adults said colleges should not consider race or ethnicity when deciding which students to accept.”
And it was not just Asian Americans who agreed, but the majority of all groceries.
Most hard-working Americans want colleges to judge students on merit — academic achievement, honed talents, and individual accomplishments.
Surprisingly, these left elitists are also out of touch within their own tribe.
Even before this federal decision, progressive California has adopted Prop. 209 in 1996, which struck down that state’s affirmative action version for state universities.
Progressives again suffered an embarrassing defeat in their bid to repeal this in 2020, because even in the deep blue of California, Americans know it is wrong to discriminate based on race.
Another advantage of the decision: it revealed the real fanatics, especially those with a particular resentment towards Asians – namely the privileged liberal elites who wanted us to sit on our hands as second-class citizens and not complain.
No racial group has a monopoly on civil rights in America; the rights granted to us by our Constitution and laws and by our founding principle of “equality” are for all of us to cherish and defend.
As Judge John Roberts wrote for the court, “To eliminate racial discrimination is to eliminate it altogether.
Like other Asians, I am deeply grateful for this historic decision and proud to know that it was we Asian Americans who helped make our country a more just and perfect union.
The land of equal opportunity and the American dream shines even brighter today.
Yiatin Chu is a New York public school parent, president of Asian Wave Alliance, and co-founder of PLACE NYC.
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