UPDATE: We’ve just learned that the reporting from the New York Times was inaccurate, and the story they reported is based upon a complaint from 2015 involving 64 different Asian rights groups. The Justice Department is hiring additional lawyers to investigate the claims submitted to the Obama administration, and a spokesman from the Justice Department denies that they’re investigating anti-white discrimination, as reported by the Times.
We apologize for the inaccurate report.
Affirmative Action has been a controversial program ever since its inception, and the Trump administration is now taking steps to bring the program under control.
Critics of the policy say that it gives an unfair advantage to minorities based only on the color of their skin, and in recent years it’s actually been used to discriminate against white people and Asians. Thanks to Affirmative Action, students with lower test scores are admitted before those scoring higher, if they fit into a specific racial category, which basically amounts to reverse discrimination.
Now, under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Department of Justice is redirecting its civil rights division toward investigating and suing universities over their admissions policies where Affirmative Action has caused discrimination against whites, according to a document obtained by the New York Times.
This is huge.
From the Times:
The document, an internal announcement to the civil rights division, seeks current lawyers interested in working for a new project on “investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions.”
The announcement suggests that the project will be run out of the division’s front office, where the Trump administration’s political appointees work, rather than its Educational Opportunities Section, which is run by career civil servants and normally handles work involving schools and universities.
The document does not explicitly identify whom the Justice Department considers at risk of discrimination because of affirmative action admissions policies. But the phrasing it uses, “intentional race-based discrimination,” cuts to the heart of programs designed to bring more minorities to university campuses.
Again, this is huge. Although we shouldn’t expect it to happen without a fight.
Kristen Clarke, the president of the liberal Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, isn’t happy with the Justice Department’s new initiative.
“This is deeply disturbing,” she said. “It would be a dog whistle that could invite a lot of chaos and unnecessarily create hysteria among colleges and universities who may fear that the government may come down on them for their efforts to maintain diversity on their campuses.”
However, Roger Clegg, a former top official in the civil rights division during the Reagan and George Bush administrations who is now the president of the conservative Center for Equal Opportunity, praised the move as “welcome” and “long overdue” as Affirmative Action became increasingly abused.
“The civil rights laws were deliberately written to protect everyone from discrimination, and it is frequently the case that not only are whites discriminated against now, but frequently Asian-Americans are as well,” he said.