Cornell Faculty-Student Group Demands Abolishing Racist ‘Colorblind’ Practices
September 14, 2020
Basing admissions on SAT/ACT scores is racist. The SAT/ACT tests are a testament to white supremacy and created by white supremacists to maintain the status quo. That is what dozens of Cornell University faculty staff, students, and alumni now believe as they all signed a letter attacking “colorblind” practices and demand the university institute racial quotas and recruit “clusters” of non-White individuals, according to The Medium.
The letter was published Tuesday, September 8 via The Medium
“As an institution Cornell aspires to the highest principles of civic duty. Yet every ‘colorblind’ event, mechanism, and process at the university—from a new faculty orientation to selection of endowed positions—perpetuates racial disparities and reinforces an unjust status quo,” the letter reads.
The letter demands “Increase representation of Black faculty to 7 percent in 2025 and to 10 percent in 2030.”
“Increase representation of other faculty of color to 20 percent in 2025 and 25 percent in 2030, in line with the percentage of new PhDs conferred in the U.S. Create benchmarks for increasing BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) faculty in those departments and discipline with the most severe underrepresentation.”
It’s a proven and known fact Asian-Americans outperform all other racial groups in SAT/ACT. So who is this letter really going after? Getting rid of SAT/ACT would hurt Asian students, not “white supremacy” and they know that.
Asian-Americans do not count because they are “white-adjacent” and they are overrepresented in Ivy League schools compared to their US population. Asian-Americans outperforming all other racial groups in standardized tests proves they are indeed “white-aligned.” Asian-Americans are part of the problem, they are a continuation of “white supremacy.” Therefore admissions based on SAT/ACT scores must end. Cornell must also acknowledge SAT/ACT is a form of “white supremacy.”
“Colorblind recruitment policies and practices in partner/spousal hiring,” as well as “partner/spousal hires to all BIPOC faculty, including assistant professors,” must also all end.
This type of “racism” is perfectly described in Dr. Ibram Kendi’s book, “How to be an Anti-Racist” (2019). Dr. Kendi is the lead researcher for Boston University’s Center for Antiracist Research. According to Fox News, Kendi writes that “there is no such thing as a nonracist or race-neutral policy. Every policy in every institution in every community in every nation is producing or sustaining either racial inequity or equity between racial groups.” He then continues to state discrimination is a necessary tool for creating racial equality.
“The defining question is whether the discrimination is creating equity or inequity. If discrimination is creating equity, then it is antiracist. If discrimination is creating inequity, then it is racist…The only remedy to racist discrimination is antiracist discrimination. The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination. The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination.” Therefore racial discrimination against Asian and white people is antiracist and does not count as discrimination.