EVERYONE PLEASE. PAY ATTENTION. Especially if you’re Asian.
On January 30th, 2014, California Senate just passed SCA-5, a legislation that would repeal portions of California Proposition 209.
In condensed words, this bill allows schools to DISCRIMINATE AGAINST ASIANS.
FUCK THIS BULLSHIT.
These dumb as fuck race quotas were the exact reason I did not get into the magnet high school in SF that boasted educating the smartest 10% of kids in The City. Had I checked the “other” box for my race (which I did not do in 1997, since my Chinese mom always cautioned me that I would always appear Caucasian to the world at large and so I should just claim to be such) I would have been accepted. I checked “white.” My GPA was not atrocious, being roughly 3.0, and I was in honors and GATE (Gifted And Talented Education) classes, and had fairly high scores on my STAR tests. Not good enough. I was judged on my race as well as my academic abilities.
Thankfully, that racist standard was abolished just a bit before my high school years came to a close. Some Asian families sued SFUSD because their kids were also denied entry to Lowell HS based on race, and their suit set a precedent. From the looks of it this law would change all of that. IN THE ENTIRE STATE.
As a native Californian: Fuck this shit.