Why are Asian-Americans falling for the newest Yale affirmative action scandal?

Brick building at Harvard University
Brick building at Harvard University
Benjamin Rascoe

At the start of the hour, I received an email indicating that an update was posted to my application. My friends and I immediately quieted down in my living room, some of them checking their own online portals on their smartphones, as we prepared to receive perhaps the most consequential outcomes of our entire high school careers.

The hitherto uncertain fate of the next four years — where we would call home, who we would meet, what we would become — would eventually be clarified after the seconds in which our smartphones struggled to process the digitized results. …


You think I’m being divisive? I’ll show you divisive.

Bernie Sanders standing at a podium during a rally
Bernie Sanders standing at a podium during a rally
Vidar Nordli-Mathisen

Being a progressive is hard — really, really hard.

When you dare to contemplate change beyond the narrow parameters of reform, you are among the few who are willing to exhaust their imagination in considering a world which is so radically different from our own. In doing so, you face the pedestrian ridicule of centrists whose aimless pragmatism forces them to abandon any credible demand for a better future. But you still have some semblance of hope, albeit a naive one, and you must shoulder the burden of fighting when everyone else had given up a long time ago.

And…


As a millennial intellectual, I’m doubtful.

The Forbidden City in Beijing
The Forbidden City in Beijing
Nick Fewings

“Before us are two paths: one based on the dignity of every individual, and the other on the growing control of the state,” Mike Pence exclaimed in July. “Our road leads to greater freedom and opportunity. Their road leads to socialism and decline.” His sentiment was recently echoed by FOX News contributor Marc Thiessen, who described the newly minted Biden-Harris ticket as a “Trojan horse” for socialism, and Trump campaign adviser Mercedes Schlapp, who was far less covert: “I mean, this is clearly the complete socialist takeover of Joe Biden by adding Kamala Harris to the ticket.”

There’s a specter…


The United States has a lot more to answer for on internet privacy.

A Google search for “is tiktok” followed by autofilled results such as “is tiktok getting banned”
A Google search for “is tiktok” followed by autofilled results such as “is tiktok getting banned”
visuals

“At this time, action must be taken to address the threat posed by one mobile application in particular, TikTok,” the president wrote in a recent executive order. Yep, you read that correctly: last week, Donald Trump announced that his administration would be instituting a unilateral ban on TikTok in order to protect the personal information of millions of Americans from data harvesting conducted by the Chinese Communist Party. (A claim which has yet to be substantiated with any hard evidence, by the way.)

Specifically, his executive order demanded that ByteDance — the company responsible for the app — switch ownership…


What would the United States be without slavery?

Slaves cutting the sugar cane on the Island of Antigua, 1823
Slaves cutting the sugar cane on the Island of Antigua, 1823
British Library

“It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have,” the poet James Baldwin wrote in No Name in the Street. Nearly five centuries after he published one of the greatest works to come out of his prolific career, Baldwin loosely predicted what would befall our federal government at another time of racial turbulence like that which he lived. On Monday, Senator Tom Cotton introduced the Saving American History Act which would withhold federal funding from public schools that taught the 1619 Project. The legislation came after Cotton’s remarks about the…


Don’t overestimate what she can provide for feminism.

The White House
The White House
Suzy Brooks

One century after the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment which enfranchised women in America, there is the potential to make history once again with the first-ever election of a female vice president. Joe Biden has vowed to select a vice president whose diverse attributes can counterbalance the whiteness and maleness of his leadership, and he is only a few days away from announcing his running mate. He has kept Democrats waiting on the edges of their seats for who he might choose, but there are already suspicions of who is being considered: Senators Kamala Harris and Tammy Duckworth, Representatives Val…


Is Robin DiAngelo proof that anti-racism has finally sold out?

Person counting through a stack of dollar bills
Person counting through a stack of dollar bills
Sharon McCutcheon

There is no better time than today to be an author who writes about the perennial topic of race in America. The recent murder of George Floyd has prompted a reversed kind of white flight, one which doesn’t shy away from conversations about racism but rather flocks toward them; there’s no greater evidence of such an inverted phenomenon than the New York Times Best Seller list where books predominantly written by black authors have flourished for the last three months. In the Paperback Nonfiction section, a few key titles stand out. In third place is The Color of Law by…


The new left risks becoming that which the old left once fought against.

Black corded microphone on a black background
Black corded microphone on a black background
Daniel Sandvik

In a recent letter published by Harper’s Magazine, over a hundred people of notable interest signed on in protest of what they saw as “an intolerance of opposing views, a vogue for public shaming and ostracism, and the tendency to dissolve complex policy issues in a blinding moral certainty” in modern dialogue. Many of those who signed the letters were (as no surprise to anyone) the usual victims of cancel culture: disciples of the intellectual dark web like Caitlin Flanagan and Jonathan Haidt, conservative writers such as Bari Weiss and David Brooks, and even J.K. Rowling — the acclaimed fantasy…


How about the west take some personal responsibility for once?

Jordan Peterson sitting
Jordan Peterson sitting
Gage Skidmore

Rule one: stand up straight with your shoulders back. Such is the first commandment of Jordan Peterson, an infamous professor from the University of Toronto who has quickly become one of the most beloved polymaths of the last decade thanks to the breakout success of his bestselling book 12 Rules for Life as well as his frequent tours all across North America and Europe, his viral online lectures, and, notoriously, his unwillingness to beckon to the academic left as a patriarch of the intellectual dark web. In 12 Rules for Life, Jordan Peterson described what he believed to be a…


You fought hard for the last four years — do it again for another four.

The Women’s March of 2017 in Washington, D.C.
The Women’s March of 2017 in Washington, D.C.
Vlad Tchompalov

According to the Washington Post, there was a protest against the Trump administration for every single day in the year of 2017 following his inauguration. Ever since the Women’s March first debuted on the day after Donald Trump was sworn into the Oval Office, the Washington Post recorded over 8,700 total protests involving millions of Americans over the course of a single year. From the airport takeovers after the self-evidently controversial passage of the Muslim ban to the March for Science following his denial of climate change and other facts validated by scientific literature, the manifold rebuffs to our current…

Beatrice Nguyen

I use she/they pronouns. Yellow Peril supports Black Power; let’s abolish prisons together. Proceeds go to the movement. Contact me at @beapnguyen@gmail.com.

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