dglobalnews.com Trump Admin Will Go After Universities That Discriminate Against Whites
Published: Thu, August 03, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

Trump Admin Will Go After Universities That Discriminate Against Whites

Trump Admin Will Go After Universities That Discriminate Against Whites

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is planning to investigate and possibly sue universities over admissions policies that discriminate against white applicants, The New York Times reported on Tuesday, citing a department document.

The Supreme Court ruled a year ago that officials at the University of Texas could continue considering race as one factor in admissions.

Nevertheless, the Justice Department's move appears to be linked to a widespread belief among white conservatives that "anti-white bias" is a serious problem in society today.

Some states have outlawed race-conscious admissions policies at public universities, and some schools profess to approach admissions decisions without considering race or ethnicity.

Supporters of affirmative action assert that such policies help disadvantaged minority groups - particularly African-Americans and Latinos - have better access to a college education at institutions they would otherwise be unable to attend.

The project would be run from the division's front office - a stronghold for Trump administration political appointees - rather than from the Educational Opportunities section, the traditional domain of civil service professionals who normally deal with issues relating to schools.

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"He has a clear record of hostility to racial diversity", she said.

"The so-called "Holistic" evaluation of applicants by Ivy League colleges disproportionately penalizes Asian-American applicants during the admission process, allowing admissions officers to unreasonably perceive Asian-Americans' academic strengths as weaknesses and to unjustifiably give Asian-American students low scores in non-academic areas", a summary of the complaint reads. A 2012 Stanford University study found that while whites comprised 60 percent of the nation's graduating high school class in 2004, they accounted for almost three-quarters of admissions to the nation's most selective colleges.

Rights groups immediately expressed alarm, portraying the department's memo as part of the Trump administration's broad effort to roll back central civil rights provisions in crucial areas of American society, from schools to the workplace to the voting booth. The Supreme Court has ruled that the educational benefits of a diverse student body justify using race as one factor among many, but have rejected racial quotas or points-based systems as unconstitutional.

While the document does not explicitly identify who is at risk for discrimination due to affirmative action policies, it describes "intentional race-based discrimination" as the target of its proposed efforts.

Leading Trump's attack on minority college enrollment is Sessions, who was called unfit to serve in federal government by Martin Luther King's widow, Coretta Scott King.

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