July 4: Trump Moves to End Racial Discrimination by Colleges
President Donald Trump’s administration has withdrawn legal policies developed by former President Barack Obama which encouraged the use of racial categories to grant or deny university slots.
The “affirmative action” racial policies were discarded on Tuesday, just before Independence Day.
“Such [racial] policies are outrageously wrong,” says Roger Clegg, president and general counsel of the Center for Equal Opportunity (CEO), a nonprofit think tank which studies civil rights, immigration, and integration. He continued:
Trump is frequently accused of being divisive, but the only civil rights policy that can make sense in a country that is as increasingly multi-ethnic and multi-racial as the United States, is one in which we aren’t treating people differently, according to skin color and what country their ancestors came from.
The new Trump policies are “good news,” Clegg told Breitbart News in an interview July 3. “The Obama guidance [on affirmative-action policies] pushed schools to engage in race-based decision-making, which is unfair as a matter of policy and inconsistent with what the Supreme Court has said.”
The Justice Department should also weigh in on and support the lawsuit Asian Americans have brought against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill regarding discrimination in college admissions, he added. “I hope when it gets to the Supreme Court, we’ll have a five-justice majority to put an end to this practice altogether,” he asserts.
“Too many Asian Americans applying to elite schools are discriminated against on account of their race,” said Linda Chavez, who co-founded the CEO think-tank. “That is the message of our new study, and it is past time that schools quit the morally dubious means of using race or ethnicity as ‘a factor’ in selecting their student bodies.”
In May, Clegg’s CEO highlighted the issue of elite schools discriminating against Asian-Americans. According to a CEO study, “at Harvard University, which also uses race in admissions, Asian Americans as a percentage of all undergraduates sharply increased to 21 percent and then significantly dropped,” remaining at about 17 percent since then.