California Dem legislator says Asians not 'people of color'

Rep. Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) is on the record telling the Sacramento Bee that Asian-Americans are not “people of color” – the magical status that allows one to claim the spoils of victimhood.  Bemoaning the end of affirmative action when he was applying to law school, he told the Bee:

“When Luis Alejo applied to college at the University of California, Berkeley, admissions counselors could consider his race; when he applied to law school, it had become invisible.

“It was only after a string of rejections led him to beg for a face-to-face interview with an admissions officer, Alejo said, that he won a spot at the University of California, Davis, law school, launching a career that in 2010 elevated him to the state Assembly.

“The year Alejo was preparing for law school, voters altered his prospects by passing Proposition 209, California’s ban on race-inclusive admissions policies. Alejo and others unsuccessfully fought the initiative, a losing battle that he described as a formative political experience.

“’All our fears came true,’ said Alejo, a Democrat from Watsonville. ‘Once it went into effect, we saw dramatic drops in the numbers of students of color being able to attend some of our most prestigious graduate and professional schools.’”

Chris Reed of Cal Watchdog spotted the statement and drew the obvious conclusion:

… there haven’t been overall “dramatic drops” of “students of color” if you include Asian-Americans. They are the largest ethnic group at UC campuses — 35 percent at UC Berkeley and 33 percent at UCLA.

This is delicious and obnoxious at the same time.

What makes it delicious is that Alejo’s omission of Asian-Americans from “students of color” status so undercuts majority Democrats’ attempts to stop the Latino-Asian rift from growing.

Indeed, Asian-American voters overwhelmingly support Democrats at the polls, though the recent attempt to reverse the color-blind initiative Prop. 209 resulted in Asian-American grass roots organizations (but not the established groups) rising in protest.

I remember well when Apartheid South Africa made visiting Japanese and Chinese business people “honorary whites.” I guess Alejo agrees with that logic. Either that or he believes “people of color” can’t be successful, so if you succeed academically, suddenly you gain pallor.

Spot the racist.

Hat tip: Instapundit