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Indian activist accused of being anti-Black for opposing affirmative action admissions policies

  • Indian activist Asra Nomani has been accused of being anti-Black for her reaction to the Supreme Court hearings on two affirmative action cases filed by Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) against the admissions policies of Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • Nomani, an immigrant from India who came to the U.S. at age four, agrees with SFFA’s assertion that affirmative action discriminates against Asian American applicants as it uses race as a factor in admitting students.

  • “It’s so disheartening, I can’t even begin to tell you,” she says in a video posted on Twitter. “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 have expressed their support for Nomani, praising her for “fighting for such a just & noble cause.“

  • Others, however, accused her of dismissing the struggles of Black communities and harboring hate against them.

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.”  

“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.

“@AsraNomani please keep doing what you are doing. Bring the knowledge,” wrote another.

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. 

“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.

“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.”

 

“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.”

 

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.

 

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