April 1, 2014, - 3:17 pm
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Most mainstream media outlets are gushing and slobbering over Kwasi Enin, a Long Island “first-generation American,” who was admitted into all eight Ivy League schools, including Harvard. The feat is extremely rare and we are being told what a genius this kid is. Well, given that, you’d think this guy is the valedictorian of his class and that he scored in the top percentile of the SATs, right?
WRONG. In fact, Enin ranks number 11 in his class at William Floyd, a public school on Long Island. And he only scored in the 99th percentile of Blacks on the SATs, but not in that percentile, when he’s compared to everyone else. And that’s the thing. This guy is very smart, but he’s only a “genius” when he’s compared to other Black people. If there were no affirmative action–and he was compared to everyone else–he probably wouldn’t have gotten admitted into a single Ivy League school.
But that’s the problem with affirmative action. It’s not fair. He’s compared only to other Black people. And Whites are only compared to other Whites plus everyone smarter than them (such as Asians). It’s not about standards of intelligence and academic achievement. In fact, when I read today’s USA Today article on him, I could also read the subtext: “He’s smart . . . for a Black guy.” USA Today drooled:
His SAT score, at 2,250 out of 2,400 points, puts him in the 99th percentile for African-American students.
Um, why are we being told how this guy compares to other Blacks on the SAT? How is that relevant? And a better question is: why aren’t we being told how this guy did on the SAT compared to everyone who took it? The answer to that is that his score falls below the 99th percentile for everyone else, especially Whites and Asians, and it is likely not good enough for admission to any Ivy League school–but for his minority status–let alone all of them.
Blacks should be insulted by this. But they aren’t. They continue to demand this insult to their intelligence and achievement, called “affirmative action,” maybe because they know that in many cases, such as that of this over-hyped Enin guy, they aren’t “the smartest guy in the room.” In Enin’s school, there were 11 other students who performed academically better than he did. Do you think all of them–or even any of them–got into all eight Ivy League schools? No, they didn’t, or we’d have heard about it. And the reason is probably that they are White or not of the preferred minority status.
But Enin has “a lot of things in his favor,” says college admissions expert Katherine Cohen, CEO and founder of IvyWise, a New York-based consulting firm. For one thing, he’s a young man. “Colleges are looking for great boys,” Cohen says. Application pools these days skew heavily toward girls: The U.S. Department of Education estimates that females comprised 57% of college students in degree-granting institutions last year. Colleges — especially elite ones — are struggling to keep male/female ratios even, so admitting academically gifted young men like Enin gives them an advantage.
He ranks No. 11 in a class of 647 at William Floyd, a large public school on Long Island’s south shore. That puts him in the top 2% of his class. His SAT score, at 2,250 out of 2,400 points, puts him in the 99th percentile for African-American students.
Kwasi Enin, whose parents are both nurses from Ghana, is not the first person to be admitted to all eight Ivy League school. But the reason he’s being pimped on us to no end is that he’s Black and his parents are immigrants. There is an agenda–no, two agendas–going on here. It’s not just that he’s a male. There are plenty of White males who did better than he did on the SAT, and they didn’t get in to all eight Ivies. I wonder how many of the ten kids ahead of him in his class are White males, and yet, again, they didn’t get into all eight Ivy League pods of pretension.
When I first saw this story in the middle of the night on a newscast, I thought, “You see, minorities claim they are discriminated against in college admissions and the SATs, and this Black guy got into all eight Ivy League schools!” But as I looked further into the story, I saw that, yes, there was discrimination at play here.
Racist discrimination in favor of this Black kid, which can only mean that somebody White with better grades (such as the 10 classmates who did better than he did at his school) and test scores (such as anyone who scored in the actual 99th percentile of SAT scores) was rejected on the basis of race and having too pale of a complexion.
One other thing: If you look at the SAT score percentile document posted above, you’ll note that Enin may have scored in the 98th percentile, at least compared to Whites. You might argue that this still shows he’s a genius. Yeah, but the fact is that there are plenty of Whites who scored in the 99th percentile who didn’t get into Harvard and Yale and Princeton and Brown, etc. And the competition is that tough at that level (even though many of these so-called “geniuses” are actually not too bright, except on paper).
He was given a leg up solely based on race.
**** UPDATE/Correction, 04/02/14: Yesterday, the source article used for this post stated that Enin’s parents were both doctors and studied medicine. Today, it’s been corrected to note they are both nurses, and, accordingly, this post has been corrected, as well. ****
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