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January 31, 2007

Quotas, Preferences, Scores, Admissions

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Heather Mac Donald tells a tale of diversity follies in California. Steve Sailer's recent musings about anti-discrimination laws and quotas struck me as brilliant and sensible (a nice, all-too-rare combo). Anyone interested in California and / or education will want to read Steve's latest piece for Vdare.



posted by Michael at January 31, 2007


Michael, it seems to me that when you post on Steve Sailer, that you get no comments. I think that this is a real shame. Like you, I am a huge fan of Sailer, but I think that people are scared to talk about the very subjects that he focuses on (i.e. Race, Ethnicity, etc.).

I am one of those people that feels that the less we talk about such things, and the less insight we have on such subjects, the worse we will be.

Keep up the great work.

Ian Lewis

p.s. The above comments could probably be applied to VDare as well.

Posted by: Ian Lewis on February 1, 2007 9:29 AM

Sailer has been my favourite journalist for a couple of years.

Posted by: dearieme on February 1, 2007 10:34 AM

I take my hat off to people like Steve Sailer, Lawrence Auster, and Peter Brimelow for the immense moral courage they demonstrate day after day in confronting the politically correct brainwashing that saturates the mainstream media. How can they stand the viciousness that comes their way from the sixties burnouts and their devil spawn whose mission is to promote illegal immigration, race replacement, reverse discrimination, and the balkanization of the country?

Actually, I think they must need physical, not just moral, courage. How do they step out in public without as many bodyguards as the president? There is probably no shortage of multi-culti fanatics who'd be happy to give them the Theo van Gogh treatment, while chanting "Why can't we all just get along?"

Posted by: Rick Darby on February 1, 2007 1:50 PM

Normally I don't agree with Sailor on much of anything, but his piece on California's high school test scores, more specifically his view of the increasingly difficult standards required to graduate from high school, is right on the mark for me. I live in Northern California and have a son in the 8th grade. He is struggling to keep up in Algebra II. I repeat, he's in the 8th grade. Algebra II was as far as I had to go to get my B.A. in English.

My son is bright, scores very high in verbal skills, but like me, sucks at math. I spend as much time on his math homework, trying to help him, as he does actually doing it. We just got him a tutor. My wife and I are seriously concerned what lies ahead for him (and us) when he hits high school.

I realize that technology is far more advanced today than it was when I was a kid (70s/80s). But I think school boards are setting the bar too high for the most basic benchmark in our society: a high school diploma.

Posted by: the patriarch on February 5, 2007 3:39 PM

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