8:01 AM, Apr 8, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A front-page story in Tuesday’s Washington Post examines former Florida governor Jeb Bush’s record on ending affirmative action for college admissions. Through a 2000 executive order, Bush banned racial preferences in Florida’s public universities and colleges. The move was controversial at the time and prompted massive protests in Tallahassee.
As Bush prepares to launch a presidential campaign, the Republican’s defense of the decision is that more black and Hispanic students are attending Florida public universities than ever before. A 2009 analysis from the Tampa Bay Times supports Bush’s claim.
The Post, however, has a different story to tell about the current state of minority enrollment at Florida’s two flagship schools:
But at Florida’s two premier universities, black enrollment is shrinking. At the University of Florida in Gainesville and at Florida State University in Tallahassee, administrators say they worry that the trend risks diminishing their standing as world-class universities and hurts the college experience.
The black share of the UF freshman class, for instance, plunged to 6 percent in 2013, the most recent year for which data is available. That is down from 9 percent in 2011.
“If we don’t address this in the next two or three years, I think we’re going to have a problem,” said Brandon Bowden, assistant vice president for student affairs at Florida State, which had a 15 percent drop in the number of black freshmen enrolled between 2000 and 2009. “There will be so few black students on our campus that prospective students [who are black] will choose not to come here because they see no one who looks like them.”
Much of the “crowding out” taking place, the Bush camp insists, has to do with the explosion in Florida’s young Hispanic population, and the percentage of Hispanic enrollment is indeed up since 2000. Black enrollment is down throughout the university system, but just slightly, and that is at least partially due to problems surrounding Florida’s historically black colleges. The largest of them, Florida A&M University, has seen declining enrollment in recent years along with accreditation issues.
But the problem the Post cites at the state’s top tier universities is supposedly a one-two punch for black students. Not only has ending affirmative action meant fewer black students at UF and FSU, but their scarcity at those schools leads to all kinds of wrong assumptions about how those black students arrived on campus. Here’s more from the Post:
Most were not even in elementary school yet when Bush’s plan was enacted; “affirmative action” to them is little more than a glossary item in a textbook.
“It’s funny they say Jeb Bush ended affirmative action,” said Dashari Kearse, a 20-year-old linguistics major from Orlando who sports a small Afro and wire-rim glasses. “People still think I got in because I’m a minority.”
The Post uses Kearse to demonstrate how even those black students who have made it to Florida's top public schools have been negatively affected by the elimination of affirmative action. Thanks to Bush’s decision to end the policy, Kearse was accepted to the University of Florida on his own merits, even if his classmates incorrectly assume otherwise.
1:19 PM, Apr 2, 2015 • By NOEMIE EMERY
American entrepreneurship is a wonderful thing, with its emphasis on the new and exciting, so it was no surprise that the Washington Post gave a spot on page one to a creative new enterprise: an abortion clinic that seeks to present a pleasant and even soothing experience, one that looks and behaves like a spa.
Mar 30, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 28 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
If you harbor any doubts that “conservative” is an all-purpose epithet in the press, then Simon Denyer, the Washington Post’s China bureau chief, will happily erase those doubts. Writing last week about threats to freedom of speech and scholarly inquiry in the former British colony of Hong Kong (“In Hong Kong, fears of Chinese restrictions on academic freedom grow,” March 15), he made it clear where the problem lies: It’s the People’s Republic of China “and its conserv-ative backers in Hong Kong” who want to censor speech and shut down academic freedom.
Mar 23, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 27 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
On March 10, Senator Ted Cruz said the following: “On tax -reform, we, right now, have more words in the IRS code than there are in the Bible—not a one of them as good.” It’s no surprise that Republicans in Congress tend to hate taxes and love the Bible, and as Republican rhetoric goes, this is about as anodyne as it gets. The Scrapbook never thought that such a straightforward sentiment would engender controversy, but never underestimate the -media’s desire to willfully misrepresent and dispute the words of politicians they don’t like.
9:01 AM, Mar 11, 2015 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Yesterday, Senator Ted Cruz said the following: “On tax reform, we, right now, have more words in the IRS code than there are in the Bible — not a one of them as good.”
Dec 29, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 16 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
"This is my last column for this newspaper. I am joining Jason Whitlock’s new Web site at ESPN intersecting sports, culture and race, to be launched sometime next year. I plan to continue the work my editors at The Post have generously supported, especially now that many of society’s most substantive conversations about race, class, money, power, cultural identity—a social-conscience renaissance—are suddenly mushrooming out of America’s locker rooms. For the first time in my career . . . ” (Mike Wise, Washington Post, Dec. 14).
Jihadist Moazzam Begg, the Gitmo snitch
8:01 AM, Dec 17, 2014 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
Ex-Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg is back in the news this week. On Sunday, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria interviewed Begg to get his perspective on the recently released report, written by Democrats on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, concerning the CIA’s controversial interrogation program. Zakaria teased Begg’s segment at the beginning of his show, saying, “Moazzam Begg wants an apology. He was held in U.S. prisons and says he was abused and witnessed torture. What is his response to the report?
The establishment mourns one of its own. Nov 3, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 08 • By ANDREW FERGUSON
Like all charming and physically imposing persons, Ben Bradlee had an enormous head.
6:30 AM, Oct 19, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
In the wake of their passage of Obamacare, the Democrats have repeatedly claimed two things: Republicans don’t have an alternative, and in any case the health care debate is over. But a Washington Post editorial published Saturday makes it clear that neither of these claims is true.
11:04 AM, Sep 4, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Democratic senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana is already in the electoral battle of her life this November. Her national party is far out of step with Louisiana voters on health care, abortion, and energy issues, and the national mood is continuing to shift against the Democrats. And the leader of that party, President Obama, is deeply unpopular in the Bayou State.
Sep 1, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 47 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
Sometimes it’s the little things that draw your attention. The other morning (August 20), for example, The Scrapbook noticed a subordinate headline for the main story on the front page of the Washington Post, about the racial confrontations in Ferguson, Missouri: “County prosecutor’s past raises concerns.”
Jun 23, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 39 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
Two weeks ago, George Will wrote a column about how progressives have exaggerated the prevalence of rape on college campuses. The column was not well received by some or even, as a great many of the histrionic responses would indicate, well understood. Last week a press release landed in The Scrapbook’s inbox, headlined: “87,000 Call on The Washington Post to Address Sexism, Fire George Will.” A group called UltraViolet was touting the success of an online petition they’d whipped up over the controversy. From the release: