Update II: No-WASP Scholarship (Whites: Wither!)

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VDARE’S SLEUTHHOUND Rob Sanchez has uncovered a scandalous tidbit that might amaze even those (like himself) who deal daily with the workings of the Treason Class:

Bill Gates Scholarships Exclude White Kids [Poor whites too]

By Rob Sanchez, VDARE.COM

When I saw a webpage by the “National Policy Institute (NPI)” titled Bill Gates: White kids not eligible for my scholarships I thought it was just a baseless rant. The commentary didn’t provide any references which added to my skepticism that it was a hoax

Bill Gates has made his scholarship fund off limits to white teenagers. The Gates Millennium Scholarship fund is financed by a $1 Billion endowment Bill Gates made in 1999. The fund explicitly denies eligibility to white students.

“Students are eligible to be considered for a GMS scholarship if they: Are African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian and Pacific Islander American, or Hispanic American;”

I decided to do some research in order to debunk this rumor before it starts racing through the internet. Much to my displeasure I confirmed that it’s true that the Bill Gates scholarship intentionally excludes white people. Actually it excludes many races besides Caucasian. Keep reading to understand how I came to that conclusion — and don’t worry — I will provide enough references to make your head spin!

The first place to go is the source — the Gates Millennium Scholarship home page. The NOMINEE PERSONAL INFORMATION FORM 2010 reveals a few disturbing surprises — scroll down to Item #8 where you will find that U.S. Residency is required, and then you must choose from the following choices:

* U.S. Citizen
* Permanent Resident / National

If you are a permanent resident or a foreign national you are required to enter your “COUNTRY OF CITIZENSHIP”. So, in other words you don’t have to be a U.S. Citizen but you do have to be a legal alien, which might mean nothing more than having a student visa. It might sound like anybody in the world is welcome to apply for the scholarship but item #9 quickly disproves that idealistic notion. My first impression is that somebody made a mistake on the form:

Race/Ethnicity – REQUIRED (YOU MAY CHECK ONLY ONE, EVEN IF YOU IDENTIFY WITH MORE THAN ONE OF THESE GROUPS. IF CHECKING AMERICAN INDIAN/ALASKA NATIVE,ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER AMERICAN, OR HISPANIC AMERICAN, ALSO IDENTIFY A TRIBE OR ETHNIC SUBGROUP IN THE BOXES PROVIDED.)

You must choose one of the following:

* African American
* American Indian / Alaska Native
* Asian Pacific Islander / American
* Hispanic American

By now you have noticed that “Caucasian” isn’t offered as a choice but at this point I thought it was a mere oversight. The FAQs page gives answers to some of the obvious questions:

If a person is applying for their permanent residence or U.S. Citizenship are they eligible to apply for the Gates Millennium Scholarship?

A student is eligible to apply for the Gates Millennium Scholarship if (he or she) is a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the United States

What are the requirements for the American Indian/Alaska Native designation for Gates Scholar Nominees?

American Indian/Alaska Native students will be asked to provide proof of tribal enrollment or certificate of decent from a state of federally recognized tribe if selected as a GMS candidate finalist.

What are the eligibility criteria for the GMS program?

Students are eligible to be considered for a GMS scholarship if they:

• Are African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American • Are a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the United States

What ethnic groups comprise Asian Pacific Islander Americans?

Asian Pacific Islander Americans include persons having origin from Asia and/or the Pacific Islands. Asian includes persons having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent. Pacific Islander includes persons having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawai’i, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands. Citizens of the republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to be nominated.

The NPI report isn’t new news as you will see from the following papers.

Theodore Cross, writer at the The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, wrote a paper in 1999 that discusses the history of the Bill Gates scholarship: “Bill Gates’ Gift to Racial Preferences in Higher Education“. Make no mistake, Cross thinks it’s a darn good idea that Gates discriminates against whites, and he isn’t very subtle about it either:

Racial conservatives are correct. The huge billion-dollar Gates Millennium Scholarship program is racially discriminatory. The terms could not be cleaner. Whites may not apply!

Theodore Cross hasn’t been very sympathetic in other writings either: The Folly of Setting a Grand Theory Requiring Race Neutrality in All Programs of Higher Education“, 2000.

If you believe that there should be no room whatsoever for any race-conscious policies in higher education, have a careful look at the legions of university programs that are now in place. You may then change your mind. In fact, what you see may cast some doubt on the theoretical underpinnings of the Hopwood ruling banning all considerations of race in student admissions.

Cross has written many other papers, like for instance: “Barack Obama is the Superior Choice for African-American Voters“, 2007.

For the first time in the history of our country, a black man has a credible chance of becoming president of the United States. After the long nightmare years of slavery, lynchings, Jim Crow, and enduring race discrimination, one would expect that, in the upcoming presidential primary contest, Illinois Senator Barack Obama would be the overwhelming choice of black American voters.

I want to conclude with a few other opinions mostly because it’s interesting to see the cold and indifferent ways discrimination against Caucasians is discussed in academic circles, and how widely it’s understood that the Gates scholarship is discriminatory.

Towards an Establishment Clause Theory of Race-Based Allocation after Grutter: Administering Race-Conscious Financial Aid“, Maurice R. Dyson, Southern Methodist University, Law School, 2004

Thus, there is a multi-layered analysis of private choice. The private choice of donors to restrict aid on the basis of race and the private choice of scholarship recipients to direct the aid to whatever institution would be acceptable. This accounts for why a Gates Millennium scholarship or United Negro College fund might withstand strict scrutiny for each involves private donors and private recipients without any university intervention.

The Impact of the Gates Millennium Scholars Program on Selected Outcomes of Low-Income Minority Students: A Regression Discontinuity Analysis, Stephen L. DesJardins, Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, University of Michigan and Brian P. McCall, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. October 2006

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) program, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to improve access to and success in higher education for low-income and high-achieving minority students by providing them with full tuition scholarships and other types of support.

Estimates are provided for each of the minority groups covered by the scholarship (African Americans, Asian Americans, and Latino/a students).

Considering all of the open talk that has occurred for over a decade of time about the Gates scholarship, it’s truly amazing that whites have been so silent. Maybe they don’t care whether their kids get lucrative scholarships, or maybe they feel that designated minorities deserve preferences. Go figure!

[Rob Sanchez] @ 3:15 pm, 2 February 2010

Update I: The fact that this is Gates’ money and he has the right to use it as he pleases should never preclude discussion on the ethics of the man’s deed—a man who has the ear of the US legislature and who works tirelessly to displace American workers.

I’ve said it again and again: on this forum, the discussion does not end with the libertarian law. The real debate is whether civil rights law, which is on the books despite my opposition to such a species of law, ought to be used against this excuse of a man. Reasonable people will disagree on this matter.

Gates uses his influence to ensure taxpayer’s money is used to subsidize imported, redundant, cheap labor. His company is a labyrinth of well-policed, multicultural, volitionally adopted regulations. Some would argue that Hayim’s method is fair game; others will disagree.

Update II (Feb. 5): I find myself addressing and readdressing many of the same pet arguments to which readers prefer to cleave. What about a learning curve? Or, how about addressing the response I gave to a particular pet argument, instead of making me rehash it? That’s one way to advance the debate.

Or, we could compromise: I’ll keep addressing your oft-repeated pet argument. For my efforts and time, you, in return, can buy my book or donate to the site.

Myron, this is a repeat performance.

I agree that “voluntary affirmative action is perfectly acceptable by private firms, but far more problematic when undertaken by government.” Contrary to the civil servant, the private person’s freedom of association ought to be sacrosanct. State institutions don’t have the prerogatives of private property.

But you’ve already advanced the wickedly wrongheaded opinion that whites hurt by affirmative action are playing victim. Instead of petitioning the courts, they should go gentle into that good night. (Easy to say when you’re not one of those whites who gets tossed aside.)

You did so with respect to the case of Frank Ricci, a firefighter from New Haven, Connecticut. Ricci was denied a promotion because he bested all the blacks in the department on a test 77 other candidates took. City officials didn’t like the results, so they voided the test, and put the promotion on hold until a less sensitive test could be developed – one that better screened-out proficiency and ability.

I covered the issue in “Beware of Absolut Libertarian Lunacy.” Somewhere in the BAB archive is a thread similar to this one.

White men like Ricci are NOT seeking equality of results much as blacks do through coercive civil rights laws. Most are wronged for excelling. These whites are not petitioning for special favors; but against them. If anything, Ricci asked only that the city accept inequality of outcomes; accept that not all are created equal.

Flipping them the finger is worse than flippant; it’s twisted.

Back to what y’all can do to make up for my dedication to supplying you with a forum and patiently addressing repetition (such as Hugg’s devotionals to the Republican Party). The publisher of Broad Sides, who also supplies Amazon, tells me that those of you who spoke of buying the book in bulk for your errant friends and relatives most certainly have not done so.

I’m waiting.

10 thoughts on “Update II: No-WASP Scholarship (Whites: Wither!)

  1. Rob Sanchez

    When I came across blogs that were claiming that Gates had a scholarship that excludes whites, I thought the allegations were some kind of outrageous prank.

    I thought that debunking the rumors would be easy, but the more I looked the more I realized that is exactly what the Gates scholarship does.

    I wrote that article to debunk myself!

    So far this is the best title I have heard: “Bill Gates scholarship excludes people of pallor”.

    http://www.amnation.com/vfr/archives/015573.html

    Wish I would have thought that one up!

  2. haym

    I emailed the organization and asked them if as a caucasian I could apply for the fellowship – a few minutes ago – so I will wait now for their response.

    If it is a discriminatory fellowship, then the Justice Department Civil Rights Division needs to be contacted.

    And then a boycott by Caucasians of all Microsoft products should be pursued.

    [Please share on the blog any response, or lack thereof, that you get.–IM]

  3. Myron Pauli

    Those who opposed the 1964 Civil Rights Act over private freedom of association would argue that it is Bill Gates’ money to do with as he pleases. State discrimination such as University of Michigan or New Haven’s fire department would be more contentious.

    Another interesting event is the Intel Science talent 40 finalists – 3 groups: Jews, Indians, and Orientals dominating the pack. See

    http://www.societyforscience.org/sts.

    Today, our lab heard an invited talk by a former Pentagon bureaucrat on how South Korea graduates as many B.S. Engineers as America and how Americans loathe studying science and engineering – well, DUHHH! A 25-year-old lawyer can start out with a salary higher than the head of Naval Research Lab. A 30-year-old derivative hustler at Goldman Sachs can out earn an entire branch. A smart biology Ph.D. might become a principal investigator at age 50 (at that same age, you could be drawing a full pension as a retired cop). We have become a nation where a few million Latinos do the grunt work that can’t be outsourced – and most of the rest of the country either collects welfare, collects taxes, prints/manipulates money, or arrests/sues each other.

  4. Rob Sanchez

    Myron, I just don’t buy into the argument that Bill Gates can do whatever he wants with the scholarship because it’s privately funded. Do a google search on the scholarship and you will see that every major university has staff that specializes in this scholarship. Guess who is paying for that?

    Even if public money wasn’t being spent, all of us know what would happen if somebody set up a whites-only fund.

  5. Roger Chaillet

    The Gates scholarship is privately funded, but it’s tax exempt, too.

    Which means it falls under government oversight.

    Now, if he wants to pay someone’s university tuition out of his own pocket, more power to him.

  6. haym

    So far no response from the Gates foundation to my question as to weather caucasians can apply.

    And it is his money to do with as he wishes – but I am sure he takes tax deductions and so there needs to be some fairness as to how it should be spent.

  7. Myron Pauli

    1. As a matter of ETHICS, what Gates is doing is no more defensible than Lester Maddox and his whites-only restaurant in the 1960s.

    2. However, I do not applaud the fact that whites have adopted the same VICTIMOLOGY mentality as blacks have. There may have been some excuse for this 50 years ago. Sadly, this combination of ethnic pie-dividing and victimology is increasing when it should be disappearing. [See comment in the main post.]

    3. Roger C.’s point on tax exemption is of limited validity. It assumes that it is valid for the government to regulate all behavior via a tax code. In fact, last year, I got to shelter some taxable money for childcare, which went ONLY to Chinese-born Jewish girls – specifically, my daughter. Americans should not subsidize bigotry but the tax code should not be some iron rod in which to regulate human behavior either.

    4. Similar comments for Bob Sanchez. And yes, it has some impact on INTERSTATE COMMERCE and the usual excuse for government to control everything. But Bob has an interesting point – if a public university allows ONLY black scholarship recipients and not white scholarship recipients, that could bring up a 14th Amendment issue on governmental discrimination.

  8. Roger Chaillet

    Haym, the foundation is engaging in the most egregious kind of racial profiling.

  9. Roger Chaillet

    Myron Pauli misses the point.

    I have done nothing to deserve being screwed over repeatedly for decades simply because I am white and native born.

    I’m not a “victim.”

    I have been screwed.

    What does he not understand?

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