Originally Posted by haplesshobo
Yes, I do not get the difference between the two. Perhaps, if you were to verbalize them, I would be able to understand your argument. I might not end up agreeing with it, but at least I would understand where you're coming from.
Why is it okay to have one school exclusively one minority, but its not okay for another minority to dominate another school?
Why is diversity so important in the later case that we need to have some limitations on the number of chinese students to make it more diverse, and yet you don't want to see the same diversity in the former?
I guess it's kind of complicated. Personally, I don't think I'd ever be against the idea of a historically and culturally Chinese American college, school or educational institution. However, I think Mari Matsuda was arguing that Lowell is not this sort of place, rather, it's become a sort of recreation of the systems of schools in which work against children from backgrounds of lesser advantages. In other words, Asians are being used to justify that system is not flawed while in actuality there are a lot of problems that the public school system must address. It's hard to think that this school will continue to be funded if they become all Chinese American.
The issue of the Hawai'ian schools is much different. We actually have a traditionally Hawai'ian school where the founder told that those who should have priority are people from Hawai'ian descent. And they are also funded by, I believe, a private foundation from the last Queen of Hawai'i. In fact, not only is it one of last institutions where native Hawai'ian peoples can find hope, but it is one of the most prestigious universities in the state. They emphasize cultural learning, history of their people, and probably an account of what happened in Hawai'i based on their peoples' views (which is starkly different than what we learn). Many things that will probably be lost as their generation lives in a "white-washing" US culture.
I have utterly no problem with these schools favoring Hawai'ian people. In fact, the two groups of people who are trying to get in are, once again, Whites and Asians. We are being used to justify that the system should be "fair", when it's obvious that the public education has never actually been "fair" to people of color. It's not as simple as one minority dominating a school and a minority dominating another. Mari Matsuda was talking about the reasons why such a system may exist. When you break down the reasons, I see that once again Asians are being used to justify racism. And that while Lowell is probably an awesome school, it really doesn't address the fundamental unfairness of the system.
Now I have to go back and read what i wrote.