Black money matters: It is a thing

MARTINA D. EVANS, CPA, MBA, ESQ. | 1/3/2019, 11:56 a.m.
Donald Trump’s Department of Justice and a group of 20,000 unnamed and unknown Asian-Americans who call themselves Students for Fair ...
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Donald Trump’s Department of Justice and a group of 20,000 unnamed and unknown Asian-Americans who call themselves Students for Fair Admissions are suing Harvard University in federal court in Boston seeking to strike down affirmative action at colleges and universities. They claim Harvard discriminated against Asian-Americans when it rejected them but accepted African-Americans (Blacks) who they perceived as “less qualified.”  In 2017, Harvard had its most diverse class in the University’s 380 year existence—50.8 percent of Harvard’s entering freshmen were from nonwhite ethnic groups. Although Asians (including people from China, East India, Korea and Vietnam) make up only 5.6 percent of the total U.S. population, they made up the largest percentage, 22.2 percent, of nonwhites admitted to Harvard.  Blacks made up 14.6 percent of Harvard’s 2017 incoming freshman class, and we are 13 percent of the U.S. population.

I can’t blame this suit on them being “millennials.”  To me, the Asian-American plaintiffs, including students and parents of students denied admission into Harvard, are just plain greedy and selfish. They are also again trying to perpetuate the stereotype that they are inherently more intelligent, more qualified, more entitled than Blacks when it is absolutely not true. Although little is known about the plaintiffs, more is known about the SFFA’s leader, Ed Blum, a white, male anti-race activist who reeks of nationalism. Blum challenged race aspects of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which gave Blacks the right to vote, and he won, resulting in increased racial gerrymandering and voter suppression. However, Blum brought a similar affirmative action lawsuit against the University of Texas, using a white woman, Abigail Fisher, and he lost. If these plaintiffs can’t see they, too, are being pawned, pimped and used by this white man, Blum, then they don’t belong at Harvard.

In its defense, Harvard admits to using race as one factor in its admissions process, but for the benefit of all to strive to achieve diversity. 

“To become leaders in our diverse society, students must have the ability to work with people from different backgrounds, life experiences, and perspectives,” said Rachael Dane, a Harvard representative

Kudos to Harvard. Because no matter how many businesses Asians open in Black areas, they cannot replicate the Black experience, and they certainly do not return to help serve and give back, thereby uplifting our community as many of us do.

Affirmative action was enacted for Blacks pursuant to the 14th and 15th amendments to the Constitution. This case threatens admissions policies and could strike down affirmative action not just at Harvard but at every college and university throughout the country and at every level, including graduate, medical, law, Ph.D. and other postgraduate programs. The present makeup of the Supreme Court would pose a potential “danger” to the future of affirmative action. Also, 60 Asian-American associations support this case. Blacks are harmed by this lawsuit, and every Asian stands to benefit from it.

This case is like a slap in the face. Blacks have been completely loyal to the Asian-American community and overwhelmingly support their businesses.  Survey the urban and metropolitan landscape throughout this country and who are their customers: not whites and certainly not Asians. It’s Black consumers, and in many areas, we are Asian-owned businesses’ sole lifeline although not hired to work in them. We (Blacks) pour our hard-earned money into Asian-owned businesses so they (Asians) can send their children to schools such as Harvard.  Yet, Asian-Americans and the Justice Department are trying to destroy opportunities for our African-American (Black) children to attend those same schools.  Furthermore, by supporting Asian-owned businesses, Blacks help them send their children to private elementary, middle and high schools, whereas oftentimes, our own children attend public schools. What is worst, the legal fees for the lawyers representing the Asian-Americans are being paid for by donations from businesses and merchants that Blacks help support!