We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
About five years ago, shortly before my term ended as a Regent of the University of California (UC), I was having a casual conversation with a very high-ranking UC administrator about a proposal that he was developing to increase "diversity" at UC in a manner that would comply with the dictates of California's Constitution and the prohibition against race, gender and ethnic preferences.
As I listened to his proposal, I asked him why he considered it important to tinker with admissions instead of just letting the chips fall where they may. In an unguarded moment, he told me that unless the university took steps to "guide" admissions decisions, UC would be dominated by Asians. When I asked, "What would be wrong with that?" I got an answer that speaks volumes about the underlying philosophy at many universities with regard to Asian enrollment.
The UC administrator told me that Asians are "too dull - they study, study, study." He then said, "If you ever say I said this, I will have to deny it." I won't betray the individual's anonymity because to do so would put him in a world of trouble - and he would, indeed, deny having said it. Yet, it is time to confront the not-so-subtle hand of discrimination against Asians that masquerades as "building diversity" at many elite college campuses.
This doesn't surprise me. When you really get to know liberals you find out some are very racist. A couple of older gentlemen I served on a committee with at church got into a discussion once about abortion and they made it clear that easy access to abortion was necessary, otherwise the blacks would keep having babies until they outnumbered us. I was shocked, it never would have occurred to me that abortion was a means to controlling minority populations. I just considered it a despicable form of retroactive birth control.
Margaret Sanger, credited with beginning the feminist movement, pushed for abortions for all. Her hope was that it would decimate the black population. Racism writ large though a bit sneakier than the attempted extermination of an entire race of people that took place in WWII.
I am a UC student: an Asian UC student. While a bit harsh, I have to vaguely agree with the UC administrator; however I am still against tampering with admissions.
There is a difference between racist and "racialist". We cannot entirely ignore race: it is there, it is an obvious truth, and we shouldn't pretend everyone is the same. We're not. It is of course extremely difficult to justify any decisions regarding race and diversity, but to ignore it would be just plain silly.
There is no line. This is all pretty much gray area.