Remember when Asians were part of the left's elaborate intersectionality sweepstakes, allies in the war for "equity" and justice for minority populations?
Yeah, we're not doing that anymore.
Now we're decrying "Asian supremacy."
And the Asians aren't happy about it.
I have it on good authority that you can't be racist against white people. In fact, even Asians can't be racist against white people.
But is it okay for black people to call people "stupid Asians?"
It's hard to know who can and can't be racist anymore when they keep changing the rules of racial rock, paper, scissors.
This started coming to a head earlier this year when coveted STEM schools started reconsidering their merit-based admissions systems.
The "problem" with using merit for admission to schools that emphasize science, technology, engineering and math, is that you do not get a student body with a racial makeup that perfectly mirrors the community at large.
Which is a nice way of saying, "too many Asians."
This was the "problem" earlier this year in San Francisco.
"Recently, the San Francisco Unified School District voted to replace their merit admissions process at Lowell High School, one of the best high schools in America and also happens to be 61% Asian, with a lottery-based system."
Given that the Asian population in San Francisco is nearly half its representation in Lowell High, it was nearly certain that this new lottery-based system would deny Asians about half the spots they had been earning through the merit system.
Asian parents expressed their understandable opposition to the change and were greeted with respectful counterpoints and considered arguments.
Just kidding! Nope, they were accused of being racist.
"When Asian-American parents opposed the school district's plans to enact its new "lottery" system in late October, the school district blasted the parents by stating they were "racist" and responsible for the "toxic culture" at the school. Parents were accused of furthering the "Asian supremacy" agenda by making their children work so hard; their children's achievements were demoralizing African-American and Latino students."
That escalated quickly.
"One African-American parent stated it's because of Asians hogging up all the spaces "Black people can't catch up technologically because the ‘stupid Asians' are keeping black people down out of fear they'd be overtaken."
After that it got ugly.
"When one angry Asian-American parent responded 'Trust me, you'll never catch up. If you need to lower-standards to get in, you'll never beat us,' a near physical fight broke loose.
Another Asian parent screamed, 'First you blame white people, now you blame us!? Grow up! Study harder or go home.'"
As reported by Asian-Dawn, one "bitter" Asian-American parent noted that,
"On a brighter note, I know China, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore will completely destroy American companies when my children are my age because of these stupid policies. That gives me comfort. These idiotic Democrats will guarantee Asians will win—just not Asian-Americans."
She's not wrong.
If you think this is just some lunacy localized to San Francisco wokesters, think again. It's all over the country.
Just last month, on the other side of the country, Thomas Jefferson High School for Technology located in Fairfax County, Virginia, generally recognized as one of the best STEM schools in the country, eliminated its race-blind, merit-based admissions policy.
"Assuming that all of the students who qualify for the lottery will apply for admissions to Thomas Jefferson, the percentage of Asian students gaining admission to will be decreased by more than half from 73% admitted in the Class of 2024 to 33.52%."
Who will this policy most likely benefit the most?
Why, white people, who make up roughly 65% of the population.
This is starting to look more anti-Asian than pro-black-and-brown people.
In Boston, "educators, parents, and advocates," proposed that several merit-based high schools move to a more diversity-based admissions policy that,
"...will support student enrollment at each of the exam schools such that it better reflects the socioeconomic, racial and geographic diversity of all students."
As opposed to supporting student enrollment based on, oh I don't know, ability? Achievement? Hard work?
"'The Asian American community was not really consulted on this and I feel like that's been a failing of [Boston Public Schools] for a long time,' said John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science teacher Go Sasaki, who is in the Massachusetts Asian American Educators Association."
The Asian American community was not really consulted on a change that would drastically reduce their access to the best schools in the city?
Well, that's curious.
Not to be left out, New York City has been joining in on the fun as well, with a plan that would revamp the testing regimen in place for its elite high schools the result of which would be a halving of Asian enrollment.
Of course, rather than shuttling (non-Asian!) minority students into schools for which they are unprepared, we could address early education's many problems not the least of which is the stranglehold teachers' unions have on the entire corrupt system.
But that sounds hard.
Let's virtue signal instead, make-believe there is no problem and pat ourselves on the back for our progressiveness.