Forwarded by a
community member on July 10, 2014
Nothing is more dangerous to us than having our own civil
organizations (CROs) taking positions contrary to our
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
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
lower court to apply "strict scrutiny" to see if
admissions can be accomplished while also achieving
Yet, Tom Hayashi, Executive Director of OCA (Org.
issued a press release against our rightful interests,
"We ardently hope
that the Court of Appeals will uphold the
Texas’ admission policy. Race-conscious
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
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,
AALDEF, & APALC. Consequently, they mostly obtain their
from outside of our community, namely Fortune 500
Fortune 500 corporations spend money supporting
the civil rights
INDUSTRY (yes by now it is no longer a movement but an
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,
CROs want to support an admissions policy which NAACP
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,
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
work for either black or Hispanic CROs or for agencies of
Administrations. That requires AsAm civil rights workers to
always get along
As a result, on a rare issue like college
admissions, when the interests
of the Asian Am community are in conflict with those of
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
How to remedy this SAD, SHAMEFUL &
80-20 loves to work with all Asian Ams,
including the Committee of 100,
and public-minded, wealthy AsAm individuals, OCA and the
CROs, former government officials to together protect our
rightful interests. Step up & act! Don't let our
children feel ashamed
of their heritage.
As a community, we are BELOW PAR IN INVESTING
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