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One scholar tells NBC News that framing affirmative action as anti-Asian bias 'is an old tactic in white supremacy's playbook'

Last week, the Supreme Court made some progressive heads explode when it said it would hear affirmative action cases against Harvard and the University of North Carolina. In case you missed it, and you probably did, just two weeks after he was inaugurated, President Joe Biden’s Justice Department quietly dropped a suit against Yale alleging discrimination against white and Asian applicants.


In light of the Supreme Court’s decision, Kimmy Yam wrote a piece for NBC News examining how it’s “dangerous” to frame affirmative action as anti-Asian bias. One scholar even said it’s an old page out of the white supremacy handbook.

Yam writes:

After the Supreme Court announced Monday that it will hear the affirmative action cases against Harvard and the University of North Carolina, experts are cautioning against the framing of race-conscious admissions as a form of anti-Asian hate — a tactic that’s been employed by conservatives.

“They weaponize concerns about anti-Asian attacks and violence against other minorities,” said Janelle Wong, a professor of American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. “This is an old tactic in white supremacy’s playbook and should not be allowed to succeed.”

Wong called the framing misleading.

“This invocation of anti-Asian discrimination by conservative activists intentionally confuses tragic attacks and anti-Asian violence with the essential path to educational opportunity for groups that have been and continue to face major barriers,” she said.


What? Who’s conflating anti-Asian violence with affirmative action? And what’s this about “a tactic that’s been employed by conservatives”? What about San Francisco School Board Commissioner Alison Collins, who’s black, tweeting that Asian-American students “use white supremacist thinking to assimilate and ‘get ahead'”?

Correct: American Studies.


Yes, and they can, because they’re “white adjacent.”

Did we mention that scholar Janelle Wong is a professor of the University of Maryland, which divided its freshman class into “white or Asian students” and “students of color, minus Asian?”


It’s true. She also wrote the piece about how, despite viral videos, it was mostly whites attacking Asian Americans. And who was her go-to source for that piece? Why, Professor Janelle Wong, of course.


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