Photo of a student behind a gate in an article on diversity in NYC schools by Allen Wesr for the Old School Patriot.

The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations

In Culture, Education, Front Page by Allen West

If there is one thing you can count on socialists to undermine, it is the sense of individual accomplishment. For the left, personal excellence is to be shamed, refuted, rejected. If there is anything that defines the left, it is their quest for social egalitarianism. They call it social justice, but, if anything, it becomes the soft bigotry of low expectations that despises any system of high standards. That does not support their ideological agenda.

If there is anywhere that is being played out, it is in our schools. What was once a model system of education is now a system of indoctrination where high standards of learning are eschewed for the conveying of the leftist ideological agenda. There is an example of this for all of us to see, and it involves two avowed socialists.

As reported by The Federalist:

“The battle over the admissions standards at New York City’s elite public high schools has heated up again. After having failed to change the standards last year, Mayor Bill de Blasio is back at it, this time with some backup from celebrity freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. As usual, their impassioned pleas about the lack of black and Hispanic students completely ignores that it is Asian, not white, students who would bear the brunt of the proposed changes. At issue is the fact that these hyper-competitive high schools consider only a test score in deciding admissions. This meritocracy has created some of the best high schools in the world. They would have you believe that wealthy white parents game the system by hiring expensive tutors, but while they might, it’s not working. In fact, wealthy white kids are not dominating this process at all. 

[On March 19] Ocasio-Cortez had this to tweet: 68% of all NYC public school students are Black or Latino. To only have 7 Black students accepted into Stuyvesant (a *public* high school) tells us that this is a system failure. Education inequity is a major factor in the racial wealth gap. This is what injustice looks like.

Her math is correct, but what she fails to mention is that while Asian students make up only 15 percent of all students in New York, they are a whopping 74 percent of students at Stuyvesant, the school she references. She claims this is inequity and represents a racial wealth gap. But exactly what systems does she believe that New York City has in place that can explain the extraordinary achievements of Asian students? Are Asians getting better schools? More resources? In what way are Asians the beneficiaries of a racial wealth gap? “

This is what “racial injustice” looks like? The real question is why aren’t more Black and Hispanic kids prepared to meet — or exceed — the standards to enter into Stuyvesant HS?

I find it rather hypocritical that Rep. Ocasio-Cortez is speaking out on this issue. After all, she is from Westchester County, NY, a very affluent area, and she attended Boston University, not exactly a bottom tier school. Although, based upon her incompetence and ineptness in comprehending economics, I wonder how she received a cum laude degree in Economics from that esteemed institution.

What is also hypocritical is the position that New York Mayor Bill de Blasio took in wanting to shut down one of the most successful schools in New York, Success Academy. Success Academy is a charter school located in the predominantly Black neighborhood in New York. Why does de Blasio hate Success Academy, yet want standards changed to punish successful students, mainly Asian?

I think it is high time that the Asian community in America — one that stresses family, education, hard work, and meritocracy — embrace classical liberalism . . . today’s constitutional conservatism. To have these socialists seeking to punish people because they excel is truly un-American. Then again, this is coming from the people who have asserted that “if you own a business, you didn’t build that.” From that perspective, if you work hard and earn great grades, then you do not deserve better opportunities.

Let us never forget that it was another socialist, Barry Soetoro, who decided to cancel the DC school voucher program for deserving young minority students. Yet, Obama sent his daughters to the prestigious Sidwell Friends School in DC, where he had just expelled some students, black students.

The left has lived by the mantra, “do as we say, not as we do.” Their soft bigotry of low expectations has infested this nation like a disease. What is the real issue here?

“Changing the rules at Stuyvesant may result in 30 or 40 black students instead of 7, a big increase. Those students may do well, and the mostly Asian students they would displace may also do well in non-elite schools. But so what? This is a Band-Aid on a bullet wound. De Blasio and Ocasio-Cortez will congratulate themselves for diversifying Stuy, but the unfathomable failures we see in educating black and brown kids in New York City will be left unchanged. The big reason progressives do not want to talk about Asian students in this debate is that they have no explanation for why Asian students excel at the rates they do. Those of us on the right do, but they are not explanations that progressives are willing to consider.”

Students excel when they have parents who set high standards for them. Sadly, in the black community, the progressive socialist left has destroyed the black family, and seek to do the same with the Hispanic community. The Asian community does not embrace economic enslavement, they seek economic empowerment, and they know that educational exceptionalism is the means to that end. In essence, the Asian community rejects the left’s soft bigotry of low expectations and do not want to be part of the left’s economic plantation — absurd ideas like reparations. Asians believe in the power of the individual and their own drive, not the collective subjugation to the welfare nanny-state that is the foundation of the progressive socialists.

Hey, to my American Asian brothers and sisters, I say welcome, join us, the classical liberals . . . constitutional conservatives who embrace individual liberty, freedom, and empowerment. Time to #WalkAway from the losers of the progressive socialist left.