Children of the People Who Built the USA Shunned and Discriminated Against

Children of the People Who Built the USA Shunned and Discriminated Against. By Darren Beattie at Revolver.

Peach Keenan:

College admission season update – From a friend:

“Niece got 1450 SAT, 4.2 GPA, competitive athlete. She didn’t even get into her safety schools. Going to junior college this year and is very depressed. The POC kids in her class, C students at best, are all headed to Berkeley, UCLA, USC, and Stanford.”

The US is 60% non-Hispanic white, and 50% of those under 15 are non-Hispanic white. Darren Beattie:

Admittedly, it’s an unnamed person sharing an account from an unnamed source, so of course it’s unproven. But anybody who finds Keenan’s story to be unlikely, or a surprise, is not paying attention to the reality at American colleges today….

Last June, Revolver profiled the admissions figures at various American colleges, and found a sharp and immediate drop in the “white” percentages at many of them, roughly matching up with the events of the 2020 “racial reckoning”:

  • At Caltech, non-Hispanic whites have dipped from 27% in the fall of 2019 to 22.7% in the fall of 2021.
  • At nearby USC, the fall of 2019 was 32% American whites. Two years later, they were down to 26%.
  • Stanford …: From 27% white in 2019 to 23% in 2021, with all gains going to Asians and Hispanics.
  • At Brown, the class went from 49% “students of color” in 2019 to 55% in 2021.
  • Similarly, the University of Pennsylvania went from 51% to 56% “of color” in two years.
  • At technically-still-an-Ivy Cornell, whites fell from 35.6% in 2019 to 31.2% in 2021.
  • At UC-Berkeley, the white percentage of the entire undergraduate school went from 23.9% in 2019 to 20.7% in 2021.
    At Rice, the Caucasian share dropped from 35% in 2019 to 30% in 2020. …

By the usual leftist methodology, the above is proof that whites are being systematically discriminated against — that there is systemic racism.

Should everyone with a 1570 SAT get into Duke? Maybe not. But would any black applicant with that SAT fail to get in? Absolutely not.

Having the right skin color (black) rather than the wrong one (white) is worth several hundred SAT points all by itself. And with schools as elite as Columbia now just going “test-optional,” schools have even more tools to fine-tune their preferred racial demographics while ignoring certain applicants with superior qualifications but lower melanin levels.

Many on the right embrace the illusion that, if they and their children are being systematically shut out of top schools, then that just shows that college is a scam, the schools are in decline, and it’s their loss, so ultimately, who cares? This view, at best, requires inhaling a healthy dose of copium.

The bottom of the pile are the children of those who built America:

The chief victims of America’s anti-white, anti-“privilege” ruling ideology are the declining remnants of America’s heritage middle class.

These are the children of dentists and account managers and successful blue collar entrepreneurs. Lacking any easily-digested narrative of oppression, they have become the most oppressed. … The regime ridicules, downplays and ignores this group at every opportunity …

Yet this is the demographic that, more than any other, built and sustained America as a triumphant global superpower. It built the factories and staffed the companies that made America, at its peak, close to fifty percent of global economic output. It supplied the tens of thousands of engineers and technicians who staffed the Apollo program. The overblown “Hidden Figures” might get the movies, but it was an army of capable well-educated and diligent middle Americans who made the program tick.

Today, these men’s grandchildren are told their 1550s are not good enough for USC, unless they can find a Hispanic ancestor.

But now, these excellent but not world-class intellects are getting shunned on American campuses. … And that reverberates further down the prestige hierarchy. At the top, America is shunning the descendants of those who built NASA. In the middle, America is shunning the people who built and maintained America’s once world-class, now crumbling infrastructure….

And for those whites who do still aspire to break into elite schools, it’s not just that doing so is harder, but that it requires a much higher amount of busywork, diligence, and pandering to the obsessions of admissions counselors. …

This is all bad news for anyone excellent whose skills don’t fit neatly into the box of perfect rule-following conscientiousness. Stephen Smale is one of the greatest mathematicians of the past century; but he came from an undistinguished family in Flint, Michigan and was “brilliant but lazy” throughout his youth. If a young Stephen Smale exists today, instead of doing work that will win him a Fields Medal, odds are good that he’s instead a NEET [“Not in Education, Employment, or Training”] getting really good at optimizing playthroughs of Europa Universalis IV [a computer game].

Almost any system will risk having people like Smale fall through the cracks. But today’s system may be the most flagrant about it. America’s single greatest reservoir of untapped talent may well be middle-class young men, yet America is obsessed with eliminating the means of identifying them, like standardized tests, and elevating literally every other group first.

As a result, America’s regime is doing two things at the same time. First, it’s systematically discriminating against whites by pushing them down the prestige ladder based on skin color. Second, it’s remaking the nature of who is allowed to break through, by particularly sabotaging those who don’t adhere to a lifelong series of checkboxes and homework assignments. …

The current regime elevates its true insiders, and then a vast army of ideology-affirming lickspittles, diversity picks, and LGBTQ+ freak shows who could never reach or hold distinguished positions without the entire system being rigged in their favor. Deep down, theses groups are very aware of what is going on, and so they will fight tenaciously to preserve the system that has so unjustifiably elevated them. And so, the system is safely preserved from all serious attempts at reforming it.

America’s best days are behind it.