Fairfax Foofaraw Going National
I’m late to the party, but it looks like we are doing the affirmative action debate again in Virginia. Yuck. Ground zero is the prestigious Thomas Jefferson School of Science and Technology (TJSST) in Fairfax County. A column by George Will indicates the story is going national. Once again, in the guise of a defense of merit, we have a renewed attack on policies aimed at addressing historic racial oppression. This time the prizes are coveted admissions to TJSST.
The Will column is cleverly done. He notes that the failure to notify families of their students’ awards at more than one school suggests a policy that “seems” to be founded in misguided equity concerns. As with the demagogic column I discussed previously, the racist innuendo is accomplished through juxtaposition: the failure to notify (which actually happened) next to cherry-picked remarks from a DEI (diversity-equity-inclusion) consultant hired by the Fairfax County Schools.
Do I have to explain, once again, the rationale for affirmative action? Not doing that. I have to note that this has already been thrashed out in the courts here, and the good guys lost. The schools were determined to be discriminating against Asian-American students for the sake of maintaining openings for African-Americans.
Not all Asians are into this campaign.
TJSST is in Fairfax County, but it does admit a share of students from my own county of Loudoun, next door. Instead of defending the school, Loudoun Democrats are scurrying in the opposite direction, denying that they have any responsibility for what does or doesn’t go on in Fairfax. Meanwhile, failed Congressional candidate Hung Cao has been tweeting about TJSST, suggesting (along with rumors) that he will contest the open seat in the Virginia House of Delegates, District 30, the same seat for which I will be competing this year.
If Cao is the GOP nominee against me, this election will be lit, as the kids say. His ability to compete for Congress indicates he will have a ton of money. You can help my side (whether it’s me or some other Democrat) here.