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Fried Chicken Frank believes all men are created equal, but some are more equaler* than others

by: Eric B.

Fri Apr 25, 2014 at 11:40:49 AM EDT

Fried Chicken Frank tells people that he is a perfect example of what success can be achieved by someone who didn't attend college, so who better than him to expound on the value of what criteria colleges and universities should use to pick which students attend them. That goes double for the University of Michigan, which once employed Fried Chicken Frank calling its football games.

The U.S. Supreme Court has spoken and upheld Michigan’s voter approved ban on racial discrimination in college admissions, a ruling that should be applauded by all for validating the widespread belief that no one should be granted or denied preference based on the color of his or her skin.

Leaving in place a system where people are judged not by the color of their skin, but whether they can obtain favor through legacy. That is, by luck of birth, just as our Founding Fathers and Jesus intended.

The Michigan constitutional amendment is what the Civil Rights Movement sought and achieved some 50 years ago.

Yes, it was long a goal of the civil rights movement to protect white people and their sense of white privilege.


*--For effect.

Eric B. :: Fried Chicken Frank believes all men are created equal, but some are more equaler* than others

But the valor of that triumph is at risk of being undone as opponents of equal rights promise a continued fight to impose race preferences on a state population that believes people should be judged by their character, not the color of their skin.

Tomorrow, if the people of Michigan vote to strip old, white men of their property and put them into a re-education camp where they'll be broken down and built back up into proper "politically correct" citizens, we can expect Fried Chicken Frank to be first in line.

Despite the will of the voters and despite the Supreme Court ruling, the radical advocacy group BAMN — which fought against Michigan’s law at the high court — immediately organized a Thursday rally in Ann Arbor to promote an idea which would circumvent the will of the people and the validation of the justices.

How ... uppity ... of them.

The new scheme to impose racial preferences is to convince colleges, starting with the University of Michigan, to stop considering ACT and SAT test scores in determining the qualifications of applicants for college.

Fried Chicken Frank blunders into making an argument that standardized tests have a racial bias to them.

The radicals would presumably want students’ academic acumen considered solely on the basis of their high school grades to promote students for schools they desire to attend rather than those where they might have the best chance to succeed.

One could argue that the reason for this is racial bias built into standardized tests, but that's not a conversation Fried Chicken Frank is interested in having.

And that’s the real issue here, one overlooked by those who insist that so-called diversity of race is more important to guaranteeing academic and future job success than matching students with a college environment best suited for their own competitive skills.

Fried Chicken Frank would like you to know one more thing he knows about the negro.

Not everyone is capable of handling the demanding academic rigors of elite institutions like the University of Michigan, or Harvard, or Duke.

Some people belong at a technical school, where they can learn important skills, like how to pick cotton.

In their book, “Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It’s Intended to Help, and Why Universities Won’t Admit it,” authors Richard Sander (a law professor at UCLA) and Stuart Taylor Jr. (a graduate of Princeton and of Harvard Law School) present research that claims the mismatch of students to their college academic requirements is responsible for blacks dropping out of fields like science and engineering at a rate twice that of white students.

If there was only a prominent scientist who might offer up a plausible counter-argument to why black people are dropping out of science and engineering fields beyond the fact that they're too feeble-minded to handle the work.


Among law students, Sander and Taylor say half of the African-Americans rank in the bottom 10 percent of achievement and are four times as likely as whites to fail bar exams, half of which he attributes to the mismatch of student to school.

If only black people stopped trying to get in to the University of Michigan's law school and instead settled on less prestigious institutions, we'd have more black lawyers. Makes perfect sense.

The author’s numbers, as controversial as some will try to make them, raise an issue that the left refuses to acknowledge in its demand for diversity.

No, there is nothing controversial at all in arguing that black people don't belong in our more prestigious institutions of higher learning because they can't cope with the work. Nothing at all.

Affirmative action does more harm than good by taking students who are bright enough to achieve at the college level, and sets them back by forcing them into a tougher learning environment.

And, as we all know, black people perform better academically when they are learning important trades like picking cotton and frying chicken. Incidentally, did you know that fried chicken is a testament to the spirit of innovation engendered among slaves?

In other words, these students might want to go to Duke, but would be much more likely to achieve success at Wake Forest or Richmond, argue Sander and Taylor.

Or the Downtown Technical College? It's the system's fault that minorities believe that they can be as successful as everyone else.

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education has tracked numbers which would seem to back up the book’s argument, that affirmative action — well intentioned as it may be — has failed African-American students at the most selective schools in America which have used affirmative action as a way to increase black enrollment.

Embedded is a link from said journal. Fried Chicken Frank may wish to peruse it before citing it as a source.


Most telling is the graduation rate among black students at the University of Michigan.

Somehow this feels like Fried Chicken Frank is about to distill a complicated, heated issue down into a single statistic that is misleading and perhaps not representative of what is happening.

In 2006, the year Michigan voters passed the ban on affirmative action for college admissions, the research revealed black students had a 67 percent graduation rate under the old rules of racial preferences, a finding that the journal called “poor” and “disturbing.”

Yes, Michigan voters ending affirmative action based on fearmongering was indeed disturbing. Do go on...

Seven years after passage of Proposal 2 in Michigan, that number of African-American graduates had increased to 78 percent.

And, the number of blacks enrolled at the University of Michigan has declined almost 5 more than 25 percent, which means that the study sample is skewed. It helps to have a college education in understanding how to read and use statistics.

That’s a 16 percent increase after the school stopped using race preferences.

One could very easily -- and lazily -- draw the conclusion that what's happened is that people who weren't ever going to hack it were admitted. One might also be tempted to look for a more intelligent cause, like that maybe a smaller study sample is likely to produce a different and more favorable result.

This entire affirmative action issue has become one that has divided us when it really shouldn’t.

Yes, if only people knew their place...

All of us should be judged on our abilities, and not our skin color.

Or our sense of white privilege.

High school students should be steered toward schools where they have a better chance of achieving academic success — not shoehorned into schools where they stand a better chance to fail.

Besides, when you fail to properly train black people how to pick cotton, they wind up aborting their babies and putting their young men in jail.

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As Charlie Pierce might say
That's mighty white of you, Frank.

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always count on the support of Paul.

I appreciated
that you ended on a Cliven Bundy note.  

Great Lakes, Great Times.

That part neary wrote itself.
There are a number of Cliven Bundy references throughout, because it appears that both he and Fried Chicken Frank subscribe to many of the same ideas on race.

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