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Occupy the Syllabus   General Confusion

Started Aug-17 by Apollonius (Theocritos); 6618 views.
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The progressive racism of the Ivy League - Patrick J. Buchanan, Taki's Magazine, 19 August 2020

If the definition of racism is deliberate discrimination based on race, color or national origin, Yale University appears to be a textbook case of “systemic racism.”

And, so, the Department of Justice contends.

Last week, Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband charged, “Yale discriminates based on race… in its undergraduate admissions process and race is the determinative factor in hundreds of admissions decisions each year.

“Asian Americans and whites have only one-tenth to one-fourth of the likelihood of admission as African American applicants with comparable academic credentials…

“Yale uses race at multiple steps of its admissions process resulting in a multiplied effect of race on an applicant’s likelihood of admission.


A court case alleging that Harvard emulates Yale, or vice versa, and admits Black and brown students whose test scores would instantly disqualify white and Asian students is headed for the Supreme Court.

At the heart of this dispute over diversity are basic questions, the resolution of which will affect the long-term unity of the American nation.

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Ron Unz republishes the article that got the ball rolling:

American Pravda: Racial discrimination at Harvard - Ron Unz, The Unz Review, 22 October 2018

... Last Sunday, just before the legal proceedings began, the Times ran a major article explaining the general background of the controversy, and I was very pleased to see that my own past research was cited as an important factor sparking the lawsuit, with the reporter even including a direct link to my 26,000 word 2012 cover-story “The Myth of American Meritocracy,” which had provided strong quantitative evidence of anti-Asian racial quotas. Economic historian Niall Ferguson, long one of Harvard’s most prominent professors but recently decamped to Stanford, similarly noted the role of my research in his column for the London Sunday Times.

Two decades ago,  I had published a widely-discussed op-ed in The Wall Street Journal on somewhat similar issues of racial discrimination in elite admissions. But my more recent article was far longer and more comprehensive, and certainly drew more attention than anything else I have ever published, before or after. Soon after it appeared in The American Conservative, its hundreds of thousands of pageviews broke all records for that publication and it attracted considerable notice in the media. Times columnist David Brooks soon ranked it as perhaps the best American magazine article of the year, a verdict seconded by a top editor at The Economist, and the Times itself quickly organized 
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The claim in the headlines doesn't match the statistics presented in the article.   No surprise that the people at MSNBC can't do simple math.


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Di (amina046)

From: Di (amina046)


A new star!

Andreas Perez Ursulet - COLD SONG Live TV

Andreas Perez Ursulet chante COLD SONG sur France 3 dans "300 Choeurs chantent les plus grands airs classiques" Réalisation musicale Stephane Aubry/Webmusicp...

Di (amina046)

From: Di (amina046)


Yes to my dismay in opera as much as just about everywhere they feel that they need to go over the top to be “in”. The excuse is that they want to attract a younger audience, no thought given to good taste and their “old faithfull”.

p.s. I love the abduction! And the last interesting if newfangled one I saw was in Salzburg’s Hangar 7, a fascinating place on its own. I believe you can finf it on youtube.

Well yes, of course there are outstanding black singers.  Here is one of my favourites:

splenda per voi

Aria "splenda per voi" interpretada por Nicole Heaston de la ópera ADRIANO IN SIRIA, musica de Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, libretto de Pietro Metastasio. Ac...

More Purcell:

Henry Purcell The Indian Queen Ah! How happy are we! Teodor Currentzis Peter Sellars

Henry Purcell The Indian Queen Ah! How happy are we! Teodor Currentzis Peter Sellars - YouTube ...

As that last post shows I'm not entirely opposed to playing a little with the content in order to bring some fresh appeal to old masters.  However, beyond the costumes and great singing that Indian Queen production really did massacre the story in order to suit the politics of the director.

More playing around without messing around: