Sports Medley: Is
UCLA’s Admission policy biased against whites? 21 Mar 16
by Tony Medley
"Ah, so! You are
surprised I speak your language. You see, I was educated in your
country: at U. C. R. A." Coplas! Dave Guard, The Kingston Trio, 1958
I get Letters:
From a longtime friend who
was a professional in
network sports and movie production, responding to last week’s column
about the dismal support of UCLA’s basketball program by its fans. He
claims it has nothing to do with the quality of UCLA’s basketball team.
Here’s the gist of his letter:
Foreign students don't care about UCLA hoops, Tony. Caucasians of this
country don't go to that school anymore. The place is unrecognizable;
like you're in a 3rd world country.
And I believe it's
all the fault of UCLA and its horrible admissions policies.
Wisconsin, whose hoops team is in the tournament for the 18th straight
year, never having finished worse than 4th in the conference all those
years, sells out every game...a 7th seed this year in tourney. Lots of
schools sell out. Then again, those schools don't just cater to
minorities like UCLA does. Sadly!
I'd like to take the UCLA issue a step further here...because when I
moved out here more than three decades ago. I moved to an apartment in
Westwood on the corner of Kelton and Rochester, a 2 minute walk into
Westwood. I wanted to live in Westwood because of UCLA hoops, the
cheerleaders, the aurora of it all. Even though the film production
company that brought me out here was located in Sherman Oaks on Ventura
Blvd. I wanted Westwood. I'd go there with friends, check out the
sports events, even workout on the track with world class athletes I'd
met filming around the world. Westwood was a happening place! Movie
openings on Friday nights, great restaurants, cool boutiques, always
great looking chicks to hit on or just watch...it was magic to me and
the place to be. I was in heaven.
Have you been to Westwood lately? It's a ghost town. Boarded up
shops, empty store fronts everywhere. It's shocking. What happened to
that gem of a small town next to UCLA? It's Deadwood, not Westwood.
UCLA killed Westwood.
So I decided to
check out his theory. Is my friend just on a racist rant (I’ve known him
for a long time and he’s nothing close to a racist; just because a white
person thinks Obama is a lousy President, for example, doesn’t make him
a racist any more than a black person thinking that Nixon was a lousy
President makes him a racist; people can dislike the policies or actions
or character of a person of another race for reasons other than the
color of their skin, and the same is true with quoting facts that
support a position), or is there something to back up what he says? How
do major schools compare in ethnic diversity with the country as a
whole? The two highest rated public Universities are the University of
Virginia and UCLA. Here’s the ethnic breakdown among some major schools
and the USA as a whole:
Michigan Harvard UCLA USC
5% 5% 4% 5% 4% 12%
Asian 11% 13%
15% 33% 22% 22% 6%
4% 8% 19% 14% 11% 18%
6% 15% 12% 12%
Native American 0%
0.2% 0% 0.5% 0.2% 1%
White 57% 66%
46% 27% 41% 46% 62%
Unknown 11% 8%
6% 3% 6% 14%
The facts must be shocking to those who
yearn for “affirmative action” and clearly unconstitutional
discrimination against whites for them to see that whites are grossly
under-represented at all these major universities (except Michigan)
in comparison with the ethnic breakdown of the United States as a whole.
So while Asians only make up 6% of the
U.S. population as a whole, they comprise 33% of UCLA’s student body,
far above their percentage at any of the other Universities checked.
Hispanics comprise 19%, again much higher than the others, although in
line with their percentage of the US population. 52% of UCLA’s student
body is Asian or Hispanic, almost double the number of whites, 27%, even
though whites make up 62% of the population of the U.S.
Could UCLA’s Admission policy be
related to intelligence? Here is the average IQ of various ethnic groups
according to one report:*
Black Americans 85
Asian Americans 106
Hispanic Americans 89
White Americans 103
So the disparity in ethnic breakdown at
UCLA does not seem to be related to intelligence. The question remains,
is the fact of the high minority population of the UCLA student body the
cause of the lack of attendance at its basketball games?
I can’t answer that question. But a
more interesting question is why is UCLA so over represented by
minorities, especially Asians and Hispanics, and so under-represented by
whites when it doesn’t seem justified by either their representation in
the population (which would be unconstitutional) or the reported average
intelligence of the various ethnic groups?
Race, Genes And Intelligence
By William Saletan