A huge problem for progs: minority students in elite NYC examination high schools were well represented in earlier generations

According to Progressives like Bill de Blasio and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Asian-heritage children of New York City who study hard and pass the entrance examinations for the high quality and very demanding Bronx High School of Science and Stuyvesant High School are a problem.  They must be punished with fewer slots at the exam schools, so that more blacks and Hispanics, who can’t score as highly on the exams can attend the schools.

 

According to Progressives like Bill de Blasio and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Asian-heritage children of New York City who study hard and pass the entrance examinations for the high quality and very demanding Bronx High School of Science and Stuyvesant High School are a problem.  They must be punished with fewer slots at the exam schools, so that more blacks and Hispanics, who can’t score as highly on the exams can attend the schools.

 

 

A friend who read a fascinating article on Quillette, entitled, “In Defense of New York City’s Elite Pubic High Schools” happened to notice something that Rep. Ocasio-Cortez ought to ponder:

The photograph at the beginning of the piece shows students at one of the elite NYC high schools in 1944. There are twenty students whose race can be determined from the photo. Three are Black. That’s fifteen percent. 

(Source: Quillette)

Today four percent of students at NYC’s elite high schools are Black.

Are NYC schools more racist today than in 1944?

No.

Are NYC black students less intelligent than in 1944?

No.

So, what else explains this?

My short answer: identity politics. For a longer answer, refer to the writing of Thomas Sowell, who grew up in Harlem in the period before identity politics started inculcating ethnic pride in dysfunctional cultural characteristics.