(Analysis in blue)
Texas diversity plan rapped
By Patrick Healy, Globe Staff, 8/22/2000
They call it the ''compassionate conservative'' alternative to affirmative action.
Instead of picking minority students for Texas universities based on their race, Governor
George W. Bush signed a law in 1997 that guaranteed a spot for all students who graduated
in the top 10 percent of their high school class.
The idea had an immediate, egalitarian appeal: All applicants would be judged strictly by
Yes. Strictly by their performance. Like if you took the winner of
the 100-meter dash in the Olympics and the 100-meter dash in the Special Olympics.
And yet, at urban schools where black or Hispanic students are predominant, minorities
would surely fill the top 10 percent as well, getting into public campuses by virtue of
their own pluck.
But, rather than emerge as the national model some Texas officials hoped for, the plan has
run into a wall from Massachusetts to Washington, where officials criticize the idea as
simplistic. Though Florida recently adopted a Texas-style policy, officials in other states
say the 10 percent rule allows the admission of too many unqualified students and promotes
diversity only in states with highly segregated high schools.
White elite like GWB will only be left alone by the Jewish media as
long as they are apolitical or actively support the Jew-determined "correct" causes. This
is the tradeoff that the WASP elite has made: they get to keep their money and positions,
to some extent, but only by turning over real political control to the Jews. Thus you have
a quintessential WASP such as GWB, trying to shade the issue of affirmative action by
letting in the top ten percent of Texas high school grads to the good colleges. Well, a
spring leaf is not a fall leaf, and everybody knows it's just veiled anti-White
discrimination in practice, no matter his protests to the contrary when speaking to
conservative groups. This peculiarly WASP form of lying -- de rigueur among the worms who
administer colleges -- will eventually give way to a blunter, more Germanic conservatism:
direct and of serious mien and intent, not grin-wink-quarter-in-your-ear that you get from
the duplicitous, shady Bushes.
''We don't think it solves anything,'' said Joseph Marshall, who oversees enrollment at the
University of Massachusetts at Amherst, which has scaled back affirmative action and
rejected the idea of basing admission on class rank.
''The results aren't an across-the-board increase in diversity. It's a real shortsighted
approach,'' Marshall said.
Of course, to this liberal Northeastern Jewish-owned hate paper, the
problem isn't that Whites are discriminated against under the ten percent policy -- it's
that they aren't discriminated against enough.
A chief drawback, said Thomas J. Kane, a Harvard University professor who has studied the
plans, is that the policies will not promote diversity in states that do not have heavily
segregated high schools. The policy wouldn't help in New England, where relatively few
schools are filled with minority students and only 3 percent of seniors in the top 10
percent are black or Hispanic.
In Texas, the class-rank law has brought more minority students to some elite campuses. But
freshmen admitted under the policy have lower Scholastic Assessment Test scores than past
classes, partly reflecting an influx of students from low-performing schools. Kane said a
disproportionate number of students admitted to college under the new rules who have low
test scores are black or Hispanic.
The inevitable and intended result. Whites are displaced by
unqualified minorities. Of course, Bush's kids will never be affected by this; they'll
buy their way in or get a special-privilege admittance somehow. That's how the WASP elite
But Ray Sullivan, a spokesman for Bush, said such criticisms ignore the policy's appeal as
a compromise between divisive racial preferences and strict, merit-based standards.
This is not a matter for compromise, this is a matter for principle.
Bush is a hypocrite whose own will never suffer from the second-class citizenship to which
he abandons the rest of his race.
At the University of Texas at Austin, the state's most elite public school, the 10 percent
policy has increased diversity in enrollment. More black and Hispanic freshmen are
enrolling now than in 1996, the year a federal appeals court rejected racial preferences at
public campuses. And those who were in the top 10 percent are more likely to become
sophomores than other classmates.
True, SAT scores among the students at Austin who were in the top 10 percent of their high
school classes are down: About 250 had scores below 1,000 last year, compared with 133 in
Still, Sullivan said, the class-rank policy ''rewards achievement and provides access to
students regardless of whether they're from the Texas border or the Texas suburb, so long
as they study and work hard.'' Sullivan's a gum-flapping liar. The
policy rewards color, not effort.
Bush has championed the policy as ''affirmative access,'' a way of broadening opportunities
for students without playing favorites. His Democratic rival for the White House, Vice
President Al Gore, strongly supports the use of affirmative action to promote diversity on
The champions of the two leading parties compete to see who can
discriminate most against Whites. Of course, this has nothing to do with the parlous state
of our country, which is purely a result of high taxes.
Specialists said the best preparation for college is a challenging high school curriculum.
Class rank, on the other hand, can be deceptive when students attend low-performing
But the debate over Texas's law, which Bush had modest involvement with until he signed it,
has centered more on the problems with affirmative action than the right standards for
getting into college. Officials in some states pan it as a narrow and simplistic
replacement for preferences.
Washington state officials weighed a policy similar to Texas's after voters banned
affirmative action in 1998. At the University of Washington, black and Hispanic freshmen
enrollments plummeted by more than 30 percent after the ban took effect. More black
freshmen are expected this fall, but Hispanic numbers are expected to decline again, to 106
out of about 4,900 freshmen. In 1998, 196 out of 4,200 were Hispanic.
But John Swiney, the university's associate director of admissions, said most Washington
schools are too integrated for class rank to increase diversity. He added that the policy
lacks the nuance needed to draw students with a range of abilities and experiences.
''When we read students' essays, it gives us a much better insight into the qualities of
the individual beyond the numbers,' Swiney said. ''Not all students come from a level
playing field, and there are many barriers on the road to academic success.''
Translation: When we read their essays we can see how stupid and colored they are
(especially if they include a picture), and those are the ones we admit.
Officials at the University of Michigan, whose affirmative action policy is being
challenged in federal court, said they also have decided against Texas's policy.
''It's one-dimensional, and we want to consider the whole person when making admissions
decisions,'' said Liz Barry, an associate vice president at the university.
Why? You are a university. For scholarship. What has that got to
do with whether someone's an expert swimmer or auto mechanic, or makes really tasty
A proposal to admit the top 15 percent to Pennsylvania colleges was on a fast track earlier
this year, but has been put off until winter, officials said. According to an analysis at
Harvard, about 46 percent of black students and 26 percent of Hispanics are in largely
segregated high schools in Pennsylvania, suggesting a Texas style policy could boost
Pennsylvania's governor, Tom Ridge, a Republican and a close ally of Bush, may push for the
plan, state officials say. But aides to Paul Cellucci, the governor of Massachusetts and a
Bush supporter, say the concept isn't on the drawing board for colleges in that state.
''There are a number of high schools in Massachusetts that frankly don't have class rank,''
said Michael Sentance, the governor's education adviser.
''Those that have high standards have done away with class rank. It may or may not be the
best way of looking at this issue.''
Sentance said a better alternative would be to recruit minority students more aggressively.
The governor, he hinted, might unveil such an initiative this fall.
At a time when schools nationwide are seeking to increase the number of their graduates
attending college, guidance counselors in Boston and Lawrence said Texas's policy would
help their students, but only if it were expanded to open access for the top 20 percent to
25 percent of high school classes and provided scholarships. California officials blanched
at such a large percentage, saying it would hurt academic quality.
Eileen M. Khoury, coordinator of guidance in Lawrence, said one problem is that schools
calculate class rank differently. Some give special weight to honors courses, for example.
''You could have a kid taking a weaker academic program being in the top part of your class,''
said Khoury, who also works in Lawrence High School, where most of the students are
But Penda D. Hair, a civil rights lawyer who used a Rockefeller Foundation grant to study
Texas's policy, said class rank reveals the workhorses who won't give up, even if they feel
unprepared at first for a university education.
''Percent plans like Texas's do a better job of giving you students who have grit, who have
determination, and who can succeed in the long run,'' Hair said.
There are so many problems at work here it's hardly worth it to sort
them out. Suffice it to say that in a civilized White society, with autonomous local- and
state-controlled high schools and colleges, none of this would be a problem. Yet another
downside to diversity. Yet even as this biased report shows, the majority votes against
preferences whenever it can, and that points us back to our biggest problem: Jewish
control of the media. Without it, the Jew-run groups suing states that pass referendums
banning preferences wouldn't be able to force the judges to thwart the will of the majority.
We've put up with Jewish control of the country for far too long, White man.