File this one under amusing. We’ve been quite critical of the Asian American Coalition for Education’s complaint against Yale, Dartmouth, and Brown. The organization also filed a complaint against Harvard with the United States Department of Education and the Department of Justice. We can’t even keep track of all of the complaints against various Ivy League schools filed by this organization. It would require file drawers with manilla envelopes and label makers. We like label makers. Who doesn’t? We kid, we kid.
Anyhow, we wholeheartedly agree with the Asian American Coalition for Education that Asian Americans do indeed face discrimination in highly selective college admissions. We’re quite vocal about the fact that Asian Americans deserve better in the college admissions process. But we also wholeheartedly believe that the Asian-American Coalition for Education is going about trying to correct this injustice the absolutely wrong way. And we’ve articulated why the organization is going about it the wrong way on several occasions.
What we only just now realized is that the Asian American Coalition for Education quoted us in their filing “Asian American Coalition for Education v. Yale University, Brown University, and Dartmouth College.” And that’s their right to do. As we’ve said all along, we agree with the Asian American Coalition for Education’s stance that highly selective colleges do discriminate against Asian Americans. It’s just that we could give them a whole lot of better advice on how to go about enacting change in America — rather than through court filings. Hint hint: The Stonewall Inn. Seneca Falls.
As quoted in the filing by the Asian American Coalition for Education against Yale, Brown, and Dartmouth, “As reported by the Boston Globe, there are college admissions counselors who specialize in helping Asian-American applicants present themselves as non- or less Asian. ‘Brian Taylor is director of Ivy Coach, a Manhattan company that advises families on how to get their students into elite colleges. A number of his clients are Asian American, and Taylor is frank about his strategy for them. ‘While it is controversial, this is what we do,’ he says. ‘We will make them appear less Asian when they apply.'” Indeed we stand behind this quote from “The Boston Globe.”