Affirmative action as a practice will come before the US Supreme Court which is expected to rule on it before the July 4 holiday and it can’t come soon enough for an Asian American student named Jon Wang who got 1590 out of 1600 on his SAT score and was then rejected by six elite colleges.
Wang, 18, who is from Florida, also got a perfect math score. Combine that with a 4.65 high school GPA and you would think elitist universities would be pounding down his door but that wasn’t good enough for a number of top-tier schools that lean way to the left.
“The top-tier schools I applied to were MIT, CalTech, Princeton, Harvard, Carnegie-Mellon, and U.C. Berkeley,” Wang noted, according to Fox News. He was roundly rejected by every one of them.
Wang told Fox Nation that he was given a strange warning by friends and school guidance counselors as he began the application process that he took to heart, “They all told me that it’s tougher to get in, especially as an Asian American. I just took it as gospel.”
Students for Fair Admissions is fighting to bring an end to race-based college admissions and they have taken it all the way to the Supreme Court. The activist group is anxiously awaiting the high court’s decision and depending on which way it goes, it could alter the review process for college applications to the relief of many out there.
Wang is the child of two first-generation Chinese immigrants. He is standing behind the plaintiff group that is taking on Harvard University and the University of North Carolina. Both schools have allegedly used race-based admissions practices that are being legally challenged.
The gifted student shared his story during a Fox Nation special, “The Diversity Verdict,” hosted by Fox News’s Laura Ingraham. The special is now available for streaming. She takes viewers through the court case which could rock the future of higher education, shifting the focus more equitably toward a merit-based system.
The Supreme Court heard two cases last fall that dealt with affirmative action. The high court ruled to keep them separate since Harvard is a private institution and UNC is public.
18-year-old Jon Wang, a Florida native who scored a 1590 out of 1600 on the SAT, with a perfect score on the math section. Combined with a 4.65 high school GPA, pic.twitter.com/UPoxPAGxZb
— BlindOwl (@BlindOwl101) June 9, 2023
The suits claim that affirmative action policies meant to favor members of historically disadvantaged groups give an undue advantage to African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans over Asian students.
Harvard is in the hot seat over whether the school violated Title VI of the Civil Rights Act by discriminating against Asian American applicants. The UNC case examines the university’s unwillingness to adopt a “race-neutral alternative.”
According to Fox News, “Either of the two cases could overturn [the] 2003 precedent case Grutter v. Bollinger, wherein the court ultimately ruled that the use of race as an admissions factor was not unconstitutional as long as it was narrowly tailored to further the compelling interests of obtaining the educational benefits available in a diverse student body.”
Ingraham reported on Fox Nation that The Princeton Review, which is a company that provides college prep and test-taking advice for high schoolers, agrees with Wang’s assertion that it is harder for Asian Americans to get into elite colleges.
The schools are evidently concerned that there are “too many” Asian Americans on their campuses.
SCOTUS is getting ready to go on another blistering run with opinions to be issued around Affirmative Action, student loans, and voting.
— Real America’s Voice (RAV) (@RealAmVoice) June 8, 2023
The Fox Nation special points out that the book “Cracking College Admissions” contends that applying to college as an Asian American could be a “distinct disadvantage” at many top-tier schools. It also instructs applicants to refrain from including a photo of themselves in their application and to withhold optional answers about their ethnic background to avoid writing admissions essays about the significance of identifying with two cultures.
“I was scared of getting backlash on social media for it [raising awareness about unfair admissions],” Wang commented. “For fighting for what I think is a really important issue.”
Then he found Students for Fair Admissions.
“I gave them my test scores, and then they must’ve ran the model on that… [they] told me I had a 20% chance of getting accepted to Harvard as an Asian American and a 95% chance as an African American,” he recounted.
.@Liz_Wheeler on affirmative action: “I am not interested in the left’s version of diversity…who you are as a person should factor into an admission into a school more than the color of your skin.” pic.twitter.com/A2HBpSWqza
— YAF (@yaf) June 8, 2023
Wang is now attending Georgia Institute of Technology which is a high-profile Atlanta-based university that specializes in engineering and other STEM degrees.
The outstanding academic says he will never back down or stop fighting for future generations of Asian Americans regardless of personal risk.
“I feel like, if I’m looking back, 10 or 20 years from now, if I didn’t do it [speak up], I’d be pretty upset with myself,” Wang stated.
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