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Forwarded by a community member on July 10, 2014

Nothing is more dangerous to us than having our own civil rights

organizations (CROs) taking positions contrary to our rightful interests.

Has that happened? You be the judge!

98% of the Asian Ams preferred "race-neutral" admissions. Indeed,

AsAm students sensing discrimination against them in college admissions,

often refused to check the "Asian" box under race on their application.

See USA Today article, "Some Asians' college strategy: Don't check 'Asian'"

The Supreme Court apparently agrees with us and instructed the

lower court to apply "strict scrutiny" to see if "race-neutral" college

admissions can be accomplished while also achieving diversity.

Yet, Tom Hayashi, Executive Director of OCA (Org. of Ch-Ams),

issued a press release against our rightful interests, stating

"We ardently hope that the Court of Appeals will uphold the

University of Texas’ admission policy. Race-conscious

admission policies create a more equitable educational

landscape for APA students, . . .(emphasis added)"

Now is the time for a FRANK discussion of how such a weird

and sad situation could have happened. Don't be so quick to blame OCA.

Understand the cause first!

(1) We Don't Invest In Ourselves! Our community has never been

willing to financially support our own CROs such as OCA, JACL, AAJA

AALDEF, & APALC. Consequently, they mostly obtain their financial needs

from outside of our community, namely Fortune 500 corporations and

liberal foundations.

Fortune 500 corporations spend money supporting the civil rights

INDUSTRY (yes by now it is no longer a movement but an INDUSTRY) with

at least one pragmatic, non-altruistic, aim -- to get NAACP on their side, if

possible, since NAACP is the icon of civil rights. At the least, each of the

corporate "Diversity Managers" in charge of dispensing money to the civil

rights industry wants to make sure that the financial support of OCA &

other AsAm CROs does NOT get the NAACP mad at his/her corporation,

which would endanger his/her job. Under such an atmosphere, will AsAm

CROs want to support an admissions policy which NAACP strongly opposes?

MONEY TALKS! We are not willing to provide the money. So other

people's money is talking!

(2) We Lack Political Wisdom! We want good people to work for our

CROs. Good people want good careers. Where can young, ambitious AsAm

civil rights workers' CAREER advance to? AsAm CROs are small and few. So

smart AsAm CAREER CR workers from day one know that they'll eventually

work for either black or Hispanic CROs or for agencies of Democratic

Administrations. That requires AsAm civil rights workers to always get along

with NAACP.

As a result, on a rare issue like college admissions, when the interests

of the Asian Am community are in conflict with those of NAACP, they'll

support NAACP.

Don't blame OCA or NAACP! Wise up, FIRST!

80-20 wants to be 100% loyal to AsAm's rightful interests. Hence we

accept only AsAm money, resulting in a shoe-string operation for the last

15 years. Our volunteers and staff often work more than 60 hours /week.

How to remedy this SAD, SHAMEFUL & DANGEROUS situation?

80-20 loves to work with all Asian Ams, including the Committee of 100,

and public-minded, wealthy AsAm individuals, OCA and the other AsAm

CROs, former government officials to together protect our community's

rightful interests. Step up & act! Don't let our children feel ashamed

of their heritage.


FORWARD this e-newsletter to your friends. Post your comments on

80-20's Poster Board .

S.B. Woo, a volunteer

President, 80-20 National Asian Am Educational Foundation

Also the National President of OCA in 1991

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