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Connerly Questions Validity Of UCSD Agreement With Black Student Union

By the way, even if UCSD were short of "black kids who are academically prepared", as Connerly puts it, that might have something to do with the fact that many high schools in black communities don't even offer all of the courses required to apply to a UC school. What an interesting coincidence, eh?

"He said members of the Black Student Union would do the most good by going to churches and other organizations in their communities, emphasizing education to younger children to make them academically competitive when the time comes to apply to college."

This is yet another example of victim-blaming. Black students, on top of already doing the administration's work for them in yield and retention, are now supposed to solve the problems of systemic racism by going to church and telling kids to study hard. Of course, it doesn't matter how hard they study if there aren't enough books or teachers and they will never be offered the classes they need. But according to Connerly, we ought to just ignore these systemic inequalities and blame individual black children for not caring enough about school, as if that's the problem.

March 7, 2010 at 2:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Connerly Questions Validity Of UCSD Agreement With Black Student Union

Connerly shows the magnitude of his ignorance here. UCSD accepts more black students than UCLA or Berkeley, and this despite the fact that they are not allowed to take race or quality-of-high-school into account. They mostly choose to go somewhere else, because UCSD is a racist institution with a toxic campus climate. That's what the BSU has been talking about. Of course, like most racists, Connerly is ignoring the actual content of the discussion and replacing it with his ignorant assumptions about what black students say and do about racism. The fact that he himself is black makes this process a little hard to wrap our heads around, but not substantially different.

March 7, 2010 at 2:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )