The Affirmative Action Hoax: Diversity, the Importance of Character and Other Lies

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The Affirmative Action Hoax
Cover of the 2nd Edition
Author(s) Steven Farron
Cover artist Kevin I. Slaughter
Country United States of America
Language English
Genre(s) Political Science
Publisher New Century Foundation
Publication year 2005
Pages 334
ISBN 0965638383


What is called “affirmative action” is one of the greatest of contemporary hoaxes. First passed off as compensation for discrimination, then as a means to achieve “diversity,” it is nothing less than official, government-mandated discrimination against whites.

Professor Steven Farron of Witwatersrand University in South Africa, has written the definitive account of this pernicious policy, which whites have chosen to impose on themselves. Drawing on extensive academic experience and exhaustive research, he has written a uniquely undeceived and devastating analysis that will leave neither partisan nor critic unmoved.

About The Author

Steven Farron received BA and PhD degrees from Columbia University. Until 2001, he was a professor of Classics at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. His specialty was ancient Greek and Latin epic poetry, on which he published over 20 articles and a book.

He resigned his academic position in order to devote his time to the study of the catastrophic results of trying to solve the perceived problem of the unequal success of ethnic, racial, and social groups: American affirmative action, the Holocaust, Armenian genocide, slaughter of the kulaks in the Soviet Union, and persecution of Chinese in Southeast Asia and of Indians in East Africa.

Book Endorsements

Steven Farron, who earned a Ph.D. at Columbia University and was a professor of classics for many years at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, has produced a masterly volume on the thorny subject of what is euphemistically termed affirmative action. It doesn’t seem that an article, a book, or a collection of raw data on affirmative action has escaped his keen eye. He has written not only a comprehensive and exhaustive study of the subject but a brilliantly insightful critique of the whole ugly and unconstitutional process of discrimination against whites. Refreshingly, Farron pulls no punches, calling the process “vicious” and “anti-white” and underpinned by “shameless frauds and deliberate lies.” This second edition of The Affirmative Action Hoax contains data and documents not available when the book was originally published in 2005.

Roger D. McGrath, New Tricks, Chronicles, July 2011

There are entire libraries of books and articles on affirmative action, but if I had to choose a single one, it would be Steven Farron’s The Affirmative Action Hoax. It is clearly written, carefully documented, and brutally honest. It combines the historical record with up-to-date analysis of winners and losers in this ill-fated venture into social engineering. In fact, I consider The Affirmative Action Hoax the authoritative reference book on this complicated subject and, like a first-rate encyclopedia, Professor Farron keeps it updated both in this second edition and a website. I would even advise fans of affirmative action to read it so they can learn what is really happening. It is a stellar scholarly performance.

Robert Weissberg, Professor of Political Science, Emeritus, University of Illinois, Urbana

Steven Farron’s critique of affirmative action begins where any serious critique of this ill-conceived program should begin, by looking at group differences, some of which, for better or worse, are inherent. Prof. Farron’s carefully documented brief leads us to believe that modern egalitarian politics is at war with Nature itself. Affirmative action therefore rewards the less talented at the expense of the better qualified. Its proponents appeal to the socially victimized or to “diversity” in order to justify disadvantaging people or groups whose only crime is to be intelligent.

Paul Gottfried, Professor of Humanities at Elizabethtown College and author of Multiculturalism and the Politics of Guilt

No one can match Steven Farron for thoroughness, clarity, and utter disregard for contemporary pieties. The Affirmative Action Hoax may well be the first book-length treatment of racial preferences that pulls no punches and respects no taboos. It is also a goldmine of information about a host of subjects: SAT testing, college grades, school funding, how college admission really works. This relentless, meticulously documented book would reform even the most blinkered liberals—if only they had the courage and honesty to read it.

Jared Taylor, Editor, American Renaissance

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Beginning of Affirmative Action 1

  • A. Bakke 9
  • B. Diversity Reaffirmed 14
  • C. Quotas Are Best 17

Chapter 2: Bakke: Diversity Replaces Redress 9

  • A. Admissions before the Jewish Problem 22
  • B. The Jewish Problem 24
  • C. The First Response to the Problem : Columbia 26
  • D. A National Solution Is Found: The Harvard College Program 32
  • E. Professional Schools 39
  • F. The Barrier Breached: The SAT 40
  • G. Faculty 46

Chapter 3: Quotas are Best 22

Chapter 4: Quotas are Best: History Repeats Itself 48

Chapter 5: Defining Minority and Race 57

  • A. The Irrelevance of Socioeconomic Background 68
  • B. The Irrelevance of Cultural and Psychological Factors 77
  • C. The Irrelevance of School Quality 84
  • D. The Irrelevance of Evidence 86

Chapter 6: Admissions I: The Lie That Affirmative Action is Compensation for Poverty and Other Handicaps 68

Chapter 7: The Media vs. Reality I: Raising Intelligence and Improving Academic Performance 90

  • A. The Media's Compromise with Reality 97

Chapter 8: Admissions II:The Lie That Affirmative Action is One of Many Non-Academic Factors 101

Chapter 9: Affirmative Grading and Graduation 108

  • A. The Statistics 108
  • B. The Causes of Affirmative Grading and Graduation 117
  • C. Grade Inflation 117
  • D. Examples 122
  • E. How Many People Has Affirmative Graduation Murdered? 134

Chapter 10: Police Forces and Other Non-Academic Parallels 137

Chapter 11: The Media vs. Reality II: Resolute Ignorance 143

Chapter 12: Grades vs. Standardized Tests 148

Chapter 13: What Standardized Tests Predict 153

Chapter 14: Admissions III: The Shape OfThe River: The Lie Exposed 164

Chapter 15: The Shape Of The River: The Liars Defend Affirmative Action 182

  • A. Diversity 186
  • B. Merit 201

Chapter 16: The Ultimate Lie 207 207

Chapter 17: Closing the Racial Gap in Education 220

Chapter 18: After University: The Lie Continues 224

  • A. Diversity in the Workplace 224
  • B. The War on Qualifications: Griggs and Following 226
  • C. The Success of the War on Qualifications 237
  • D. University Faculty 239

Chapter 19: Who are the Victims? 243

  • A. The Recipients
  • B. The Showpiece of Affirmative Action and a Remarkable Immigration Story 246
  • C. Asians Could Be the Main Victims of Affirmative Action 253
  • D. Asians are Beneficiaries of Affirmative Action 256


  • I. The Inclusion of More Successful Groups in Affirmative Action 264
  • II. Constitutionality, Legality, and Democracy 268
  • III. The SAT and Similar Tests 280
  • IV. The Predictive Accuracy of Intelligence Tests 302

Bibliography 331

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Publication Data

The Affirmative Action Hoax: Diversity, the Importance of Character and Other Lies, Steven Farron, 2005, New Century Books, ISBN 0965638383 (ISBN13: 978-0965638388)

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