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.
“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.”
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.
Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign
The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.
At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.
Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.
“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.
I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.
“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:
This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.
I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.
Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.
“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”
“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.
“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.
Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.
A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.
Election Day will be on September 29.
Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.
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