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"School District Decides Asians Aren't Students of Color"

Added 11-16-20 08:21:02pm EST - “Robby Soave (Reason) reports: One school district in Washington state has evidently decided that Asians no longer qualify as persons” - Reason.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reason.com: “"School District Decides Asians Aren't Students of Color"”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

One school district in Washington state has evidently decided that Asians no longer qualify as persons of color.

In their latest equity report, administrators at North Thurston Public Schools—which oversees some 16,000 students—lumped Asians in with whites and measured their academic achievements against "students of color," a category that includes "Black, Latinx, Native American, Pacific Islander, and Multi-Racial Students" who have experienced "persistent opportunity gaps."

What the equity report really highlights is the absurdities that result from overreliance on semi-arbitrary race-based categories….

This reminds me of an L.A. Times op-ed I wrote back in 1998, but which I thought still merited passing along, since the underlying phenomenon continues to happen:

Don't believe me? A recent MSNBC news headline announced a "Plunge in Minority University Enrollment" at the University of California, with UC Berkeley reporting that "minority admissions had declined 61 percent." Actually, the total percentage of racial minority students at Berkeley, Asians included, fell from 57% to 49%. If you exclude the burgeoning group of people who decline to state their race, the minority percentage fell only three percentage points, from 61% to 58%.

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