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ProPublica: It’s wrong to help struggling students if they’re white

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By Daniel Greenfield, Special to Bombthrowers

Left-wing smear blog ProPublica, which pretends to occasionally dabble in journalism, has a fantastic “scoop.” This is what it shockingly revealed.

The new acting head of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights once complained that she experienced discrimination because she is white.

As an undergraduate studying calculus at Stanford University in the mid-1990s, Candice Jackson “gravitated” toward a section of the class that provided students with extra help on challenging problems, she wrote in a student publication. Then she learned that the section was reserved for minority students.

“I am especially disappointed that the University encourages these and other discriminatory programs,” she wrote in the Stanford Review. “We need to allow each person to define his or her own achievements instead of assuming competence or incompetence based on race.”

And?

1. The ProPublica hit piece targeting Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Candice Jackson, favorite targets of the educracy that funds liberal power, is not journalism. No more than the usual Gawker offerings were. It’s a snide blog post dressed up in journalistic language.

2. Never mind that this was decades ago, what is there about Jackson’s comments to disagree with?

Should all students receive help when studying calculus or just minority students? Is it wrong to think that help should be provided on the basis of academic difficulty rather than race? Does ProPublica really want to make that argument?

Since ProPublica seems to think there’s something scandalous about that idea, then it must think that struggling white students don’t deserve help.

The article first appeared at FrontPageMag.