According to the illiberal race-hustlers among us, America is a thoroughly racist nation where you only succeed if (and because) you are white. Therefore, we need government to coercively redistribute wealth and allocate important positions by racial quotas. Only through such measures can we attain “equity.”
That theory collapses when examined with any care. A person’s race or ancestry has nothing to do with his success or failure in life. In today’s Martin Center article, Kenny Xu demolishes critical race theory by pointing out that Asian Americans have enjoyed great success in this country, despite not being “white” and often overcoming great obstacles.
Xu writes, “Along nearly every measurable life outcome, Asian Americans outperform whites. Asian Americans have the highest per capita income, lowest per capita crime rates, and highest rates of postsecondary achievement. Despite making up only 6 percent of the U.S. population, Asian Americans account for a whopping 60 percent of top scores on the SAT. Whites, despite making up more than half of the country’s population, only account for 33 percent. America is infected by a peculiar strain of white supremacy indeed if it allows for Asian Americans to beat whites on so many different metrics.”
Being white is not necessary for success in the U.S., as many Asians (as well as people of many other races and nationalities) demonstrate.
What “works” for Asians? Education, foresight, productivity.
Xu continues, “No one denies the fact of slavery, discrimination, or racism; Asians have endured plenty of their own in this country. But they also committed to believing in the highest ideals that our country was founded upon, including the idea that anyone could apply themselves and improve their lot in life. They chose to raise their children to value hard work, study diligently, and commit to excellence. Because of that choice, Asian Americans now outperform everyone, including whites, in a nation that is allegedly based upon white domination.”
As was the case with the Jews a century ago, Asians are now “too successful” and, for that reason, many colleges and universities now have de facto caps on the number of Asian students they admit.
Xu concludes that we should junk CRT and focus on allowing everyone to succeed based on his accomplishments. Oh, but that would wipe out lots of “diversity” jobs and deprive Democrats of much of their rhetoric.