You know that Jon Haidt is himself a race supremacist. The man’s as insidious as Charles Murray and Steve Bannon for inserting himself into everyday society as normalized.
This started when he wrote in the Wall Street Journal that since black students can’t crack it academically, it causes white (and Asian) students to resent them, so we need to stop letting black students who are dumb into good universities. Excerpt below:
“But as practiced in most of the top American universities, affirmative action also involves using different admissions standards for applicants of different races, which automatically creates differences in academic readiness and achievement. Although these gaps vary from college to college, studies have found that Asian students enter with combined math/verbal SAT scores on the order of 80 points higher than white students and 200 points higher than black students. A similar pattern occurs for high-school grades. These differences are large, and they matter: High-school grades and SAT scores predict later success as measured by college grades and graduation rates.
As a result of these disparate admissions standards, many students spend four years in a social environment where race conveys useful information about the academic capacity of their peers. People notice useful social cues, and one of the strongest causes of stereotypes is exposure to real group differences. If a school commits to doubling the number of black students, it will have to reach deeper into its pool of black applicants, admitting those with weaker qualifications, particularly if most other schools are doing the same thing. This is likely to make racial gaps larger, which would strengthen the negative stereotypes that students of color find when they arrive on campus.
[Note: I was on the admissions committee for the social work graduate program at University of Michigan for four years. This notion of lowering standards is conservative drivel. Everyone we admitted met the same academic standards.]
Here’s my tweet interaction with him.
Full disclosure. I have written an anti-Haidt article on a political website a couple years ago that he is aware of. We have tangled before. I do not like his theories. I do not like him.