Call it the hard bigotry of high expectations!
“To begin with, the eight students agreed on a few generalities: Latino and Asian students came mostly from poor and working-class families.
“According to a study of census data, 84% of the Asian and Latino families in the neighborhoods around Lincoln High have median annual household incomes below $50,000. And yet the Science Bowl team is 90% Asian, as is the Academic Decathlon team. …
“Asian parents are more likely to pressure their children to excel academically, the students agreed.
…having an “academic-dominant minority” of Asians in a high school may well further racialize attitudes toward studying. If your name ends in Z and you are a student at Lincoln, what’s the point of setting out in 9th grade to be valedictorian? No Hispanic has been valedictorian at Lincoln H.S. since the mind of man runs not to the contrary. To study hard is to act Asian, to betray La Raza. If Mexican students tried to beat the Chinese at their own game, and failed, well, that would just prove the Chinese are smarter. So it’s better for Mexican racial self-esteem to make sure nobody even tries, to proclaim that studying is just something Asians high school students do because they’re, uh, no good at tagging and getting pregnant.
That’s basically what the most respected institutions in our society–the LA Times, the State Superintendent of Schools, etc.–tell them to think, right? That there can’t possibly be an innate intelligence gap between the Mexicans and the Chinese, because if there were, it would be the worst thing in the history of the world. It would mean that Hitler was right, that Nazis should rule America. So, to prevent a Nazi takeover, the Hispanic students will do their part by screwing off instead of studying. (It’s not hard to persuade teens not to study.)