This comparison between the Supreme Court decision to uphold Trump’s travel ban and the 1944 decision on Japanese internment reminds us that, when white people really want something, they can get it, legal or otherwise. Is it any surprise then that Asians want more objective measures like standardized tests to be the arbiter of fairness, instead of subjective measures like interviews where white people can interpret however they see fit?
Our ultimate goal shouldn’t be to get white people to agree with the minorities; it should be to set up a system of fairness where nobody, not even the president, can subjectively interpret anything in their own favor. We shouldn’t be happy even when white people appear to support the minorities. (This is why I’m not a fan of affirmative action either.)
The Supreme Court ruled that the president can decide who can come into this country. Likewise, the administrators of those “Screened” high schools in NYC can decide who they let in. In contrast, not even the president of the US can decide who gets to go to Stuyvesant High School. That is the type of criteria we should have as a nation.
The US is actually at the forefront of such a system, but obviously, there are more to be done. If the racial/religious majority cannot have an unfair advantage, there would be less incentive to maintain their majority. Then, the majority/minority status becomes less relevant in our society. That’s what we should aim for as there will always be minority groups in any society.