Trump Administration to Challenge Colleges' Affirmative Action Policies

The Trump Administration Is About to Fight What It Says Is Discrimination … Against White Kids

The DOJ document suggested the project would be run out of a part of the Civil Rights Division where its political appointees work, rather than the educational opportunities section, which is devoted to handling cases involving universities and is run by career civil servants.

"The civil rights laws were deliberately written to protect everyone from discrimination", Roger Clegg, a former civil rights division official under Ronald Reagan, told the Times.

As reported by the New York Times, the Administration is pointing resources to the Justice Department's civil rights division.

The Justice Department is running scared from the Times story, refusing comment and denying interview requests.

There's a difference between affirmative action and free college educations, obviously, but for some conservatives, they overlap in the same place: Someone, usually a nonwhite person, is getting something that isn't deserved. For one thing, they never acknowledge that the long-standing legacy admissions programs that most universities have are unfairly biased towards white people, whose family's have had access to the schools longer.

Critics include some DOJ staff who refuse to work on the project because it is "contrary to the office's long-running approach to civil rights in education opportunities", The Washington Post reports.

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.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and President Donald Trump are planning to reverse policies aimed at making life fair for people subjected to past discrimination.

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.

Opponents of affirmative action in colleges often present the argument as a battle between admissions based strictly on academic merit and admissions that consider race over academic performance. So it is perhaps unsurprising that the Trump administration, in its latest mind-meld with the right-leaning network, is reportedly weighing a campaign to bring lawsuits against colleges for alleged discrimination against white applicants, according to a White House memo obtained by The New York Times. The effort continues adding to a laundry list of civil rights offenses by the Trump administration, the most recent of which came last week when the administration levied a series of assaults on LGBT rights and policies. Well then, I've little doubt this is the strategy the Trump administration will pursue, and just in the nick of time seeing as much of the country is still busy feeling relieved over millions of people not being forced off their health insurance, for now.



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