Highly Gifted Student Blames Affirmative Action After Top Schools Reject His Near-Perfect Credentials

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Ask Asian children who their harshest critics are, and you will invariably get some answer involving mom, dad, or both.

Bad news for Asian-Americans across the United States — they won’t be finding much reprieve from school administrators and staff at the university level.

Look no further than the curious case of 18-year-old Jon Wang, a Florida native sporting some impressive academic marks.

According to Fox News, Wang scored a sterling 1590 out of 1600 on his SAT exam (many Asian parents would probably be mad about him being 10 points short of a perfect score) and earned an eye-popping 4.65 high school GPA, thanks to advanced classes that enable students to achieve GPAs higher than the 4.0 associated with straight A’s.

Given those marks, and the fact that Wang doesn’t appear to have any character or criminal issues, you would think one of the admissions departments at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, California Institute of Technology, Princeton, Harvard, Carnegie Mellon University or the University of California, Berkeley, would give Wang the time of day.


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You would think wrong.

Wang told Fox that he was rejected by all of them.

So, what gives? What possible explanation could be provided that would explain why Wang couldn’t make the cut?

Wang has one idea why — and it’s one that he was warned about when he began the application process.

In short, Wang blames the paradoxically named “affirmative action” that is neither affirming nor helpful for his issues.

Wang told Fox that when he began applying for school, his friends and counselors warned that “it’s tougher to get in, especially as an Asian-American.”

Apparently, the color of Wang’s skin color and ethnic background (his parents are both first-generation Chinese immigrants) matters to schools — and not in the “good” way that skin color and ethnicity usually matter when discussing minorities.

That’s because, for all intents and purposes of “affirmative action,” you may as well take away the “Person of Color” qualifier from Asian Americans.


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Look no further than the loaded language used by CNN to describe the fact that Asian-Americans make up nearly 28 percent of Harvard’s admitted class of 2026: “Demographically Overrepresented.”

Why does demographic representation matter when it comes to (what should be) an educational meritocracy?

(Also, how incredibly offensive is it to all parties involved that schools are apparently saying that the only way for certain people of color to succeed in school is for other people of color to be artificially tamped down?)

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Regardless, according to simulations run by the advocacy group Students for Fair Admissions, Wang’s Asian background reduced his chances of getting into the school of his choice by about 75 percent.

“I gave them my test scores, and then they must’ve ran the model on that… [they] told me I had a 20 percent chance of getting accepted to Harvard as an Asian-American and a 95 percent chance as an African-American,” Wang told Fox.

Speaking of Students for Fair Admissions, if that group sounds at all familiar to you, that’s because it is involved in two separate, but related cases involving Harvard and the University of North Carolina, and both of those cases are currently sitting in front of the Supreme Court.

In the Harvard case specifically, according to CNN, Students for Fair Admissions is alleging that the school discriminates against Asian-American by, effectively, holding them to a different standard than other applicants.

Indeed, there has always been something that has felt a bit off about “affirmative action.”

Apart from the obvious offensiveness of it all, in what world does it make sense to minimize academic merit in … academia?

It makes no sense, it’s backward, and it’s the kind of nonsense that Students for Fair Admissions is trying to eliminate, with the ultimate goal of overturning the 2003 precedent case of Grutter v. Bollinger, which found that schools using race as a factor in admissions was not unconstitutional.

Depending on how these Harvard and UNC cases go with SCOTUS, that goal could be closer to fruition than ever.

And if that precedent case is overturned, students of all races and ethnic backgrounds can focus solely on their academics when trying to get into institutes of higher education, as opposed to things that are literally out of their control.

Anyone who complains about that clearly doesn’t care about students or universities.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.



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