An Indian American education activist is being accused online of being anti-Black for her opposition to affirmative action student admissions policies and lamenting that the US Supreme Court hearings on the matter lacked discussion regarding Asian Americans.
Author Asra Nomani shared her observations on Twitter on Oct. 31 after attending the hearings of both cases filed by Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) against the admissions policies of Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
SFFA alleges that the race-conscious admissions policies implemented at the schools discriminate against Asian American applicants.
Nomani, who shares the same sentiment, noted that the proceedings felt like an “emotional roller coaster.”
Born in India, I was on an emotional roller coaster today in the Supreme Court, listening to 3 justices + 4 lawyers try to gaslight America on the reality of anti-Asian racism. Fortunately, 4 justices argued fiercely. My bet: 6-2, Harvard loses. 6-3 UNC loses. America wins 💯 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/IsQ1yK8Ny1
— Asra Nomani – Living in “somebody else’s country” (@AsraNomani) October 31, 2022
“It’s so disheartening, I can’t even begin to tell you,” she says in a video. “Sitting there through so many hours of oral arguments… Hardly a word was said about the blatant discrimination and racism that’s happening against Asians. It was the subtext but yet hardly discussed while the universities try to do their little song and dance about diversity… Anybody would support the idea of diversity right? But not through the hands of racism and discrimination.”
Some Twitter users expressed their support for Nomani, praising her for “fighting for such a just & noble cause.”
“Great job,fighting for such a just & noble cause. More power to you Mam,” wrote one user.
Great job,fighting for such a just & noble cause. More power to you Mam. https://t.co/Ss6dGWWKMP
— Tariq (@Torque_28) November 5, 2022
“@AsraNomani please keep doing what you are doing. Bring the knowledge,” wrote another.
@AsraNomani please keep doing what you are doing. Bring the knowledge
— Drey Glover (@AudreyG74538719) November 6, 2022
However, there were also some who accused her of dismissing the struggles of Black communities and harboring hate against them.
“Indians are the most anti-black community in the US,” a user commented.
Indians are the most anti-black community in the US. https://t.co/oufWDQzKxB
— poonam (@poonamkachanddd) November 5, 2022
“A privileged OC Muslim migrates to US for better & luxurious life, ignoring the history of struggle of Blacks, wants to block their progress through affirmation action like the same reason Meritorious,” wrote another.
If you thought racism is done by whites and Brahm!nism done Brahm!ns. Look👇A privileged OC Muslim migrates to US for better & luxurious life, ignoring the history of struggle of Blacks, wants to block their progress through affirmation action like the same reason Meritorious https://t.co/eC7OSlsa6u
— 🖤 Kaala Seth 🖤 (@4m_raj) November 4, 2022
“Good job @AsraNomani throwing the black community under the bus,” chimed one user. “Your ungrateful ass should remember that your parents came here on the back of civil right struggles of black people.”
Good job @AsraNomani throwing the black community under the bus. Your ungrateful ass should remember that your parents came here on the back of civil right struggles of black people. https://t.co/9VQxD2qwv1
— Jiyo (@JiyoAurrJeeneDo) November 5, 2022
“Hypocrites…..They hardly say a single word about casteism in India but wanna be heard in other countries for racism,” said a user. “The world should know this reality.”
Hypocrites…..They hardly say a single word about casteism in India but wanna be heard in other countries for racism.The world should know this reality. https://t.co/eoYYp1Uy0j
— ankit (@ankitverma1184) November 5, 2022
Nomani, an immigrant from India who came to the U.S. at age 4, is a former Wall Street Journal correspondent. She is also a co-founder of the group Coalition for TJ, which advocates for “diversity and excellence” at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia.
In an interview with Fox News on Wednesday, Nomani noted how she felt as if Asians were “erased from the discussion” in the proceedings.
“In the social justice movement, diversity doesn’t include Asians and we end up erased so much from the evaluation of what is best for America,” she was quoted as saying.
The U.S. Supreme Court, which is set to reveal its decision in 2023, is widely expected to rule in favor of SFFA and put an end to the policy.