I needed to be in bed an hour ago tab dump

Ross Douthat, The Roots of White Anxiety.  Color me shocked that the NYT printed this. 

Last year, two Princeton sociologists, Thomas Espenshade and Alexandria Walton Radford, published a book-length study of admissions and affirmative action at eight highly selective colleges and universities. Unsurprisingly, they found that the admissions process seemed to favor black and Hispanic applicants, while whites and Asians needed higher grades and SAT scores to get in. But what was striking, as Russell K. Nieli pointed out last week on the conservative Web site Minding the Campus, was which whites were most disadvantaged by the process: the downscale, the rural and the working-class.

This was particularly pronounced among the private colleges in the study. For minority applicants, the lower a family’s socioeconomic position, the more likely the student was to be admitted. For whites, though, it was the reverse. An upper-middle-class white applicant was three times more likely to be admitted than a lower-class white with similar qualifications.


But cultural biases seem to be at work as well. Nieli highlights one of the study’s more remarkable findings: while most extracurricular activities increase your odds of admission to an elite school, holding a leadership role or winning awards in organizations like high school R.O.T.C., 4-H clubs and Future Farmers of America actually works against your chances. Consciously or unconsciously, the gatekeepers of elite education seem to incline against candidates who seem too stereotypically rural or right-wing or “Red America.”

Via Diane Suffern in the Green Room, some historical perspective à la Newt on the slap in the face known as the 9/11 mosque:

The proposed “Cordoba House” overlooking the World Trade Center site – where a group of jihadists killed over 3000 Americans and destroyed one of our most famous landmarks – is a test of the timidity, passivity and historic ignorance of American elites.  For example, most of them don’t understand that “Cordoba House” is a deliberately insulting term.  It refers to Cordoba, Spain – the capital of Muslim conquerors who symbolized their victory over the Christian Spaniards by transforming a church there into the world’s third-largest mosque complex.

Today, some of the Mosque’s backers insist this term is being used to “symbolize interfaith cooperation” when, in fact, every Islamist in the world recognizes Cordoba as a symbol of Islamic conquest.  It is a sign of their contempt for Americans and their confidence in our historic ignorance that they would deliberately insult us this way.

I share Suffern’s sentiments regarding Newt, though. She writes:

It’s heartening to see two possible GOP presidential contenders take on this issue, even if the political jockeying does come wearyingly early in the election cycle.  I did find it curious that Gingrich peppered his argument with the term “elites,” as if being a former educator, historian, author, Speaker of the House and Beltway insider somehow excludes him?  Regardless, if the good Professor continues down this route, I just might forgive him for this and this.  Might.

Yikes: the Tax Tsunami headed our way. 

Heh: budget cuts in Newark so steep, no money for toilet paper.  (A tip from the Arab world: don’t shake their hands).

An inconvenient chakra: Al Gore’s march of the Masseuses

On a more serious note, pray for Petraeus.

House Democrats prove their jackasseryThat’s where that’ll get ya.  (Don’t let the door hit you on the way out).


2 Responses

  1. That is shocking on the college admissions statistics. It’s frankly unjust.

    I’m a New yorker, and I too am against the World Trade Center Mosque. They can build anywhere. Why do they insist there? Conquest, that’s why.

    • I agree re the admissions stats. Shocking and shameful. But it mirrors how the elites have treated Palin, no? Systemic behavior, not isolated.

      And re the mosque–the name informs the intent. Period.

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