The Trump Administration has drawn up plans to strike down the Obama-era “guidelines” for college admissions—which gave blacks and Hispanics preference over whites and Asians in student placements—the Wall Street Journal has reported.
According to the report, the Trump administration argues that the 2011 and 2016 Obama guidelines—which give universities the right to select black and Hispanic applicants with lower scores before whites with similar or higher scores—serve to “mislead schools to believe that legal forms of affirmative action are simpler to achieve than the law allows.”
The guidelines, Trump administration officials say, “go beyond what the Supreme Court has decided on the issue.”
The US Supreme Court has ruled universities may use affirmative action to help nonwhites get into college when otherwise they would fail to meet the entrance requirements, using the favorite standby excuse of “white racism” as the reason.
Of course, the lower scores are merely a reflection of racial differences in IQ and ability, and have nothing to do with “white racism,” as the fact that many Asians in America score as high, if not higher, than whites, and they are also excluded from the “affirmative action” program even though they are not white.
In fact, the Justice Department has recently been investigating a complaint by more than 60 “Asian-American” organizations that say Harvard University’s policies are discriminatory because they limit the acceptance of Asian students on precisely this basis.
The Justice Department joined Students for Fair Admissions, the group behind the case, which has urged the disclosure of “powerful” evidence showing that Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Harvard is violating Title VI of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act. Title VI prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.
Earlier, the New York Times said that the attack on the anti-white program 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.”
The Justice Department will be looking for “stark gaps in test scores and dropout rates among different racial cohorts within student bodies,” which “would be evidence suggesting that admissions offices were putting too great an emphasis on applicants’ race and crossing the line the Supreme Court has drawn,” the NYT added.
The Supreme Court most recently addressed affirmative action admissions policies in a 2016 case, voting 4 to 3 to uphold what it called a “race-conscious” program at the University of Texas at Austin—but which was in fact just another anti-white program.