On Sunday, a 31-year-old Asian-American surgeon who had the privilege of getting his bachelor’s degree in biology at Stanford University, his M.D. from Duke University, and has sued President Trump after being blocked from Trump’s @realDonaldTrump personal account, decided to publicly state that he was “taking a knee” to “fight white supremacy.”
Eugene Gu, a resident physician in general Surgery at Vanderbilt University, performed the first successful human fetal heart and kidney transplant in incommunocompromised rats. In March 2016, he was subpoenaed by Congress for his research with fetal tissue.
It was pointed out that Gu’s apparent whining about “white supremacy” rings more than a little hollow:
In 2015, when Asians made up 5% of the American population, whites (44%), Asians (42%), and Hispanic or Latino (42%) applicants all had comparatively similar acceptance rates to American medical schools.
Furthermore, if Gu has a gripe about supremacy, he had better leave whites out of it and claim he’s been victimized by other groups. As the American Enterprise Institute reported in January 2016:
For those applicants to US medical schools last year with average GPAs (3.40 to 3.59) and average MCAT scores (27 to 29), black applicants were almost 4 times more likely to be admitted to medical school than Asians in that applicant pool (81.2% vs. 20.6%), and 2.8 times more likely than white applicants (81.2% vs. 29.0%). Likewise, Hispanic applicants to medical school with average GPAs and MCAT scores were more than twice as likely as whites in that applicant pool to be admitted to medical school (59.5% vs. 29.0%), and nearly three times more likely than Asians (59.5% vs. 20.6%).
Go ahead; take a knee, Dr. Gu. But we hope that your scientific work is more accurate than your perception of reality.