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    A barrage of amicus briefs was filed last month defending Harvard University and the University of North Carolina, whose use of race as a criterion in their admissions processes heads to the Supreme Court this term.

    As others have noted , Harvard’s own data (as presented in the petitioner’s brief ) expose an odious pattern of discrimination. An Asian American student in the top decile of the “academic index” (“a metric created by Harvard based on test scores and GPA”) has a 12.7% chance of admission, while an African American applicant has a 56.1% chance. In the seventh decile, it is a 4% versus a 41.1% chance. Asian American students consistently have the lowest chance of admission at every decile, even though their academic scores are often higher.

    Anti-Asian discrimination at elite universities has a long and ugly history. In 1985, the New York Times recounted what Princeton University professor Uwe Reinhardt witnessed at a graduate school admissions committee: "[W]e came to a clearly qualified Asian-American student ... and one committee member said, 'We have enough of them.' And someone else turned to me and said, 'You have to admit, there are a lot.'"

    There is no other word for this except "racism."

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    This is a column for someone who wants to enter the world of ideas but doesn’t know where to start. Recently I’ve received emails from readers, young people in particular, who have read my book or heard me on a podcast and want to learn more about the personalities and principles behind the American Right and conservative movement. They want to know how past intellectuals studied, wrote, argued, and worked.

    Young people have many ways to engage in politics and debate — there is social media, of course, as well as newsletters and audio and video interviews — but not as many ways to acquire the historical and intellectual background that informs our politics and frames our debates. And though I have recommended books before, a reading list isn’t enough. Here are a few other lifehacks and resources that I rely on. They may help you too.

    Hug a Generalist

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