TO THE EDITOR:
In a lawsuit being filed against UNC-CH, Edward Blum, the director of the Project on Fair Representation alleges that the University has a “racial preference” for underrepresented minorities and then writes, “Sadly, Asians in particular are being discriminated against at UNC because lesser-qualified African-Americans, Hispanics — and even whites — are gaining admissions at the expense of better qualified Asians.”
Blum is invoking the model-minority myth. The idea that Asian-Americans are smarter and more qualified than their browner and blacker fellow minority students.
Do not be fooled by Blum’s rhetoric. First, we should ask: Where is he getting his statistics?
Trying to pit Asian-Americans against American Indian, African-American, and Latino students is a divide-and-conquer tactic that is as old as the racial preferences that UNC participated in from its founding to the last decades of the 20th century when African-Americans were barred from attending Carolina. These are the racial preferences that have literally colored UNC for most of its life as a public state school.