Refined my thoughts on this and educated myself a bit before jumping to the conclusions many others have.
What SCA5 would do, essentially, is restore Affirmative Action (AA) in the Californian public education system, including the University of California system. As we have seen in recent years, the diversity of the UC system in particular has fallen and grown disappointingly undiverse. Asian Americans make up 38% of the entire UC system, with 53% Asian Americans at UC Irvine and 49% at San Diego.
Depending on the campus, only 3% to 7% of students on UC campuses are African American, and only 17% Latino Universitywide (compared to almost 45% of the CA population that are Latino or black, not even accounting for undocumented individuals). This is ridiculous—absolutely unrepresentative to the realities of the Californian population.
It’s disappointing to compare the groups supporting and against SCA5—well done America, you’ve managed to pit people of color against each other. Most of the identity groups supporting SCA5 are black/Latino groups, while the identity groups against are mainly Chinese American groups.
Racial diversity is necessary in higher education to create a healthy educational environment for ALL students. Affirmative Action IS NOT a quota system, and it will NOT let in more “underqualified” students. That’s crap. No school will admit any student that is not qualified for that specific school.
Affirmative Action will bring opportunity to the many that are just as qualified to have a rightful place in the UC system. Under-representation is the cold truth of the UC system right now, for blacks, Latinos, Native Americans, and yes, even for South Asians and Southeast Asians.
To all the AAPI against SCA5: The nature of the discourse is disappointing. SCA5 will NOT limit the success of Asian Americans in higher education, and it will NOT set a “quota” on AAPI admissions. Equal opportunity for all races in higher education is just and fair.
Before you jump to conclusions many have on SCA5, read up on what the reality is.
For a good read on the realities of AA: http://acpacsje.wordpress.com/2012/12/18/a-real-talk-primer-on-affirmative-action-fisher-college-admissions-and-race/
And how Asian Americans do benefit from AA: http://www.nyu.edu/projects/care/docs/CARE-asian_am_diversity_D4.pdf