Asked by Anonymous
- California passed a proposition called Prop 209 which effectively killed affirmative action in their public university system.
- A bill has been reintroduced that will roll back Prop 209 and allow ethnicity to be used as one factor (NOT a quota) in university admission decisions.
- The bill would undoubtedly benefit, to a large or small degree, under-admitted and lower income groups such as: African-Americans, Latinos, Southeast Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
- The bill might “take more spaces” from other Asian groups (highly dependent on income AND ethnicity) who are typically more represented in the UC system.
- The bill might also “take more spaces” from the white population, which is why conservative Republicans are allying against it
Unless you know a lot about California politics (I know a little, but not a lot) it’s a very tricky issue to wrap your head around. You really need to take it slow and read all the way through.
Jenn Fang: http://reappropriate.co/?p=4602
Ultimately, you need to think about who more privileged East Asians should have solidarity with. The answer to me is obvious. I didn’t come from a rich family by any means, and I worked in restaurants starting at the age of 15, but my family was always able to support my college aspirations and made sure I got into college. A lot of other families don’t have that tradition and aren’t so lucky. I think the anti-SCA5 campaign is especially cruel and deceptive to Pacific Islanders and Southeast Asian-Americans. Hmong, Laotian and Cambodian-Americans actually have LOWER college graduation rates than African-Americans, so they have some of the most to gain from the restoration of affirmative action.
ehhh how much do non-east-asian AAPI benefit from affirmative action though? since usually we’re all lumped under “asian” in admissions despite differences in socioeconomic status etc.
but as someone from CA this is the best short description of sca-5 i’ve seen (besides “omg racism!!!1111!!11!!”)
"If white people are so privileged why is there a Black Entertainment Network and no White Entertainment Network?"
"Men don’t have privilege, there are women’s only gyms!"
"Why isn’t there a campus centre for straight/cis people!?"
SAME REASONS WHY IN MARIO KART YOU DON’T GET BLUE SHELLS OR LIGHTNING BOLTS WHEN YOU’RE ALREADY IN FIRST PLACE, ASSBAG.
One of the best, most simplified explanations that I’ve ever heard.
CAFFEINE CAFFEINE CAFFEEIIIIIINEEEEEE
It’s time to end the academic culture that says working yourself to sickness means you’re just working hard enough. It’s time to end the culture that says taking time for yourself and your own health comes at the expense of doing good work. It’s time to end the culture that says sleep deprivation, anxiety attacks, and binge drinking are just part of the game. It’s time to end the culture that says if you’re not getting along with your mentor, then it’s all your fault. It’s time to end the culture that says advisors and faculty don’t have to take responsibility for the health of their students. It’s time to end the culture that says seeking help means you’re weak, or a bad researcher.
I’m not afraid to admit that this is an issue that touched my life during my Ph.D. Thankfully I had amazing friends and family outside my program to help me through tough times. But I know that not everyone has a support system like mine. I also watched in sadness when, after a fellow Ph.D. student committed suicide, our program, university, and health services did nothing to acknowledge that it happened, or that the culture of academia could have contributed to it, and (as far as any of us have been able to tell), has done little if anything to stop it from happening again.
Some graduate programs are putting better student support systems in place, and for every bad advisor we can find an exception that cares and helps their students to the utmost of their ability. But academia, overall, still possesses a culture of acceptance and ignorance when it comes to mental health issues, especially in graduate programs.
It’s time to end that culture.
I imagine that this excuse would be valid for 99% of my missed homework assignments.
well… it’s certainly the excuse offered for 99% of missed homework assignments
I love to hear someone admit this. Usually I get, “it’s totally not my fault I made such poor life choices.”
to be honest, I usually let them off. being young and full of youthful decisions is difficult. asking for forgiveness is humiliating. and even if they do the work, the final exam is the real judge of whether they know anything or not.
I’m pretty soft at letting them off, but I do try to point out that the hazards of “it’s everyone else’s fault.” My ex-husband has had a miserable life because everything is someone else’s fault and therefore can’t be fixed. I want a better life for them!
Reminder that black people were oppressed in this country long before young black men started sagging their pants. We were called niggers long before we reclaimed the term. Respectability politics need to go.
I’ve recently decided to freeze myself to -273℃. My friends think I’ll die, but I’ll be 0K.