As a public school teacher in California (1975 – 2005), we had an annual form we had to fill out that counted the girls, boys, and ethnicities in each of our classes. In fact, the annual school report card that was posted online identifies the ethnic, racial demographics of each school so we know how many Caucasians, Latinos, Asians, Philippians, African Americans, etc. attend each school.
In America, we are supposed to be color blind but our government makes that impossible.
Many colleges and universities in the US have ethnic/racial quotas to make sure everyone is represented on campus. To achieve this, even when it may be illegal, universities lower the entrance requirements for African-Americans and Latinos while Asian-Americans have to score higher than even Caucasians to be accepted.
I always felt this was wrong and that everyone no matter what his or her ethnic, racial, or sexual orientation or sex should compete on an equal playing field for entry into college. You know, merit.
I Reblogged this post from MRCYRIAC.com because it makes a point.
The only thing that binds Asian Americans is the common fear of disappointing our parents.
Yesterday we took a look at the demographic rise of the Asian American community. And since I took the effort to examine what a Hispanic is a few weeks ago, I thought I’d just touch upon what it means to be Asian American.
I never liked the word Asian. I suppose all racial/ethnic categories are arbitrary and invented, but Asian takes the cake for the silliest. It always seemed absurd to lump together 60% of the world’s population into one group. And as far as geography goes, Europe and Asia are obviously part of the same landmass, so why this arbitrary boundary of the Ural mountains? What do folks from Saudi Arabia and Japan have in common? Malaysia and Mongolia?
While growing up, it was easy to see solidarity and understanding within the Black, White and Hispanic…
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