Reverse-Discrimination Allegations Off-Target - and Worse

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Reverse-Discrimination Allegations Off-Target - and Worse


Jones, Adrienne, Telegraph - Herald (Dubuque)


The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that it will use civil rights funding to sue colleges and universities for intentional race discrimination through affirmative action admissions policies.

The department intends to bring civil suits against universities whose policies discriminate against white and Asian applicants.

Affirmative action admissions policies were designed to provide access to colleges and universities that systematically refused to admit non-white students, and they made it possible for women to be included in higher education. The Justice Department's new initiative aims to reverse that.

The charge will be led by political appointees hired by the front office, not by career employees in the Educational Opportunities Section, who typically handle education issues. By using political appointees, the Trump administration aims to contravene current law.

Since 1980, Republican administrations have been making these kinds of open and surreptitious efforts to reverse civil rights.

The Reagan and Bush 43 administrations both used political appointees to limit civil rights relief. Under Bush's leadership, the DOJ replaced career employees with political appointees in the Voting Rights Section, the office that enforced the Voting Rights Act. The section stopped bringing lawsuits on behalf of minority plaintiffs and instead brought lawsuits for white plaintiffs whose complaints were based on VRA reforms.

Reverse discrimination in university admissions is really a non-issue. Media coverage and misleading headlines stoke white resentment and make race-based admissions seem pervasive and unfair. They are neither.

Most college applicants aren't subject to race-based admissions policies. Ninety percent of educational institutions in the United States are not

selective and admit the vast majority of students who apply.

When white students apply to

selective schools where affirmative action policies are relevant, they get reviewed for admission just like everyone else. Many get accepted. Whites are not rejected to make room for blacks and other minorities. Black student admissions have improved but have remained low, around 6 percent, for the past 20 years. …

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