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LA Times Fanatically Obsesses Over the University of California’s Diverse Freshman Class

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The University of California system recently made history now that Hispanics are the main group of incoming freshmen accepted into the university for the fall semester of 2020.

Data released on July 16, 2020 indicated that this freshman class is the most diverse in the history of the University of California’s system.

Latinos slightly topped Asian Americans for the first time. Hispanics compromise 36 percent of the 79,953 California students potentially receiving admission. Asians made up 35 percent, Whites 21 percent, and African American students 5 percent. The rest of the people listed were American Indians, Pacific Islanders or those who declined to disclose their race or ethnicity. About 44 percent of students who were admitted were low-income while 45 percent were the first in their families to enroll in a four-year anniversary.

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“This has been an incredibly challenging time as many students have been making their college decision in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic,” declared UC President Janet Napolitano. “UC continues to see increased admissions of underrepresented students as we seek to educate a diverse student body of future leaders. The incoming class will be one of our most talented and diverse yet, and UC is proud to invite them to join us.”

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UC Berkeley led the way among University of California campuses in increasing admission offers to minority communities. It accepted the largest number of Black and Latino students in three decades, which represented a 40 percent increase during the last year.

“These numbers are an important and gratifying indication that our efforts to advance and expand the diversity of our undergraduate student body are beginning to bear fruit,” UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ declared in a statement. “But now, more than ever, we must not be complacent, and remain focused on building a campus community that truly represents the state we serve, and allows every student to experience a true sense of belonging.”

LA Times staff writer Teresa Watanabe highlighted some of the demographic changes taking place in California that are leading to these changes in admission numbers:

Audrey Dow, senior vice president for the Campaign for College Opportunity, said demographics are one reason behind the surge in admission offers to Latinos: They made up 51.8% of California high school graduates in 2018-19 compared with 42% in 2009-10, according to state Department of Education data. Equally important, the number of Latino high school graduates who met UC and California State University admission requirements hit 94,297 in 2019, an increase of about 7,000 students over 2017.

Asian Americans were the largest group receiving freshmen seats at 42 percent. Hispanics trailed at 29 percent, whites at 19 percent, and Blacks were at 5 percent.

California policymakers have made promoting diversity a major part of the state’s policy agenda. Earlier this year, the Board of Regents voted to gradually phase out SAT and ACT tests as requirements for admission due to how they “are heavily influenced by race, income and parental education level.”

Regents also voted in favor of a proposed constitutional amendment that would repeal Proposition 209, which voters approved back in 1996. Prop 209 banned affirmative action in public education and employment in the Golden State.

Diversity for diversity’s sake should never be a goal of public policy.

If America is a meritocracy, it would only allow the best and brightest to occupy spots in higher education and other institutions, irrespective of their ethnic and racial backgrounds.

 

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Flashback: Ann Coulter Warns Steve Bannon about Donald Trump’s Hires During 2016

Coulter tells it like it is.

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Earlier this week, former White House adviser Steve Bannon reached out to President Donald Trump, in an apparent move to reconcile with the president. Bannon was one of the more renowned advisors in the Trump administration who received a lot of attention for his unconventional views. The former White House adviser is likely looking for Trump to pardon him for several federal criminal charges that he is currently facing.

Bannon was one of the strongest contrarian voices on the right who questioned traditional conservative dogma on free trade and immigration. His rise to prominence represented a raw, populist anger that was building within the Republican Party base. Bannon ended up leaving the Trump administration after the infamous Charlottesville rally. This left a massive void for populist voices within the Trump brain trust, which was never adequately filled with populist figures.

Most of the strong populist voices during the Trump era came from the outside. Conservative commentator Ann Coulter has been one of the leading figures trying to steer populist discourse in America.Although a harsh critic, Coulter did her best to hold President Trump accountable and watch his every move, especially personnel decisions that did not align with his America first vision. To the average pro-Trump individual, Coulter’s criticism may come off as abrasive, but it was and still is  necessary to have a viable nationalist movement.

As a reminder to her followers about how she knew that there were subversive elements in the Trump administration who wanted to gut the president’s America First agenda and pursue more traditional Republican policies, she tweeted about email correspondence she had with Bannon dating back to December 2, 2016. In light of the rapprochement between Bannon and Trump, Coulter called attention to how she warned the former White House adviser about some of the latter’s questionable staffing decisions during the early stages of his presidency.

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Coulter tweeted, “No, actually, I knew Trump was betraying us pretty early on – and that it would cost him re-election. My December 2, 2016 email to Steve Bannon:”

In an email sent on December 2, 2016 with a subject line titled “ghost of christmas future”, Coulter warned then-White House adviser Bannon about some of Trump’s hiring decisions.

She first noted that “the fact that Trump is even CONSIDERING rep. Mccaul (rubio in the house) for homeland — and is NOT considering kobach— tells me we’re not getting any major deportations, no removal of refugees, no e-verify, no end to end anchor babies… and trump will be dead.

also, “mad dog” isn’t going to build a wall.”

She was referring to Texas Congressman Michael McCaul, a known mass migration booster and a potential nominee for the head of the Department of Homeland Security. United States Marine Corps General James Matthis would be Trump’s first Secretary of Defense, who ended up turning out to be a Deep State hack. On the other hand, Kris Kobach is a nationally recognized immigration hawk, who gained fame for implementing some of the stiffest voter ID standards in the nation during his time as Secretary of State.

The Trump administration was successful in implementing several administrative changes that limited immigration and also did not get involved in any nation-building engagements like previous administrations.

Nevertheless, Coulter’s incisive suggestions still have use for future Republican administrations. The new GOP should follow Coulter’s pro-migration restriction suggestions if it wants to not only remain politically relevant, but also protect the integrity of America’s political system.

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