Center for Media and Peace Initiatives (CMPI) is pleased to announce its new podcast series-The So What File? Through this series, CMPI explores topics at the intersection of Peace, Press, People, and Public Policy. In each episode, your host Rachelle Abboud sits down with guests to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the world today and the ways to highlight narratives of peace for a more responsive and functioning democracy!
In this unedited episode, Kenny Xu shares his experience of how some DEI measures have at times led to the exclusion of Asian-Americans,
including himself, from ivy league schools. Listen to our brief conversation about how in an effort to be more inclusive, institutions sometimes create unintended consequences which may be viewed by some as unfair. Is it? You decide. Whatever your position, the fact remains that there is a national conversation to be had around how to reconcile equity with fairness without tipping the scale in favor of one identity over another. The aim of this interview was to delve deeper into this question, but unfortunately technology decided to cut us off midway.
About Kenney Xu:
Kenny Xu is the President of the race-blind advocacy group Color Us United, the author of the book An Inconvenient Minority: The Attack on Asian American Excellence and the Fight for Meritocracy and School of Woke, he is also the host of the podcast Inconvenient Minority. Kenny has written commentary for the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, The New York Post, among others and has spoken on identity politics and advocated for colorblindness in front of groups as diverse as the nationally renowned Pacific Legal Foundation to the Boston Rally for Education Rights to the all-Black Connecticut Parents Union. His commentary has propelled him to interviews with Fox News, Newsweek, The Epoch Times, various YouTube shows, radio and podcasts, and features in the New York Times Magazine, the New York Post, and NPR.