Abigail Fisher is a young white woman who was rejected admission by the University of Texas. Fisher decided this was because she was white, and the university’s diversity policy has put her at a disadvantage. She’s taken her case to the Supreme Court, which many people fear will use the case to end affirmative action.
This reminds me a lot of the Romney campaign, and apparently I’m not the only one:
That sense of entitlement is also at the heart of the Republican Party’s sour grapes about why they did not win the Presidential election. Some are saying that they lost because so many women and people of color came out to vote. But women and people of color are supposed to vote. I do not understand why instead of blaming the other or cheating, it does not occur to them to be a different sort of leader, one that appeals to all the people in this country.
The same article highlights what both Fisher and Romney did wrong by making an example of how Asian Americans deal with an unfair world. After asking how hard Fisher worked on her grades, did she get tutors, did she do extra curriculars, how many times did she take her admission tests, and so on and do forth:
In a way, that is what Asian Americans do, who realize the disadvantages of discrimination and the glass ceiling and try to compensate. (Then they are criticized for working the system.) I tell my children that if something is important, they should not hover on the borderline. If they really want something, they should make sure that they are solid. Otherwise there are no guarantees. They have each learned this lesson the hard way.
I look at Fisher and Romney, and I see two people who figured they could just coast through this thing to get where they wanted to be. Everything would be handed to them just for showing up. When it wasn’t, they immediately concluded the system had broken down because it hadn’t served them.
You can’t judge a system by how well you like the results. The simple fact is that in this recession, cheaper schools are filling up faster than ever because fewer people can afford the pricey ones. Getting into state schools isn’t the no-brainer it used to be. Fisher failed to learn about this reality and prepare herself for it.
And Romney’s campaign failed because he focused on raising enormous sums for the campaign instead of actually focusing on the campaign and shaping it into a winning strategy.
For all their talk of minorities “playing the race card”, it’s usually white people who leap erroneously to the assumption their skin color is being held against them. Fisher was a mediocre student, and Romney ran a mediocre campaign. Shame on anyone who blames their failures on anything else.