The NY Times broke a story on Tuesday claiming that the DOJ may be looking at intentional racial discrimination in college admissions.
From Daily Caller:
The Times story inferred that an internal personnel posting seeking volunteers to investigate “possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions” was meant to look at policies discriminating “against white applicants.”
The DOJ disputed the characterization that they were only looking for issues of discrimination against white people, noting they are concerned about all discrimination.
Turns out the internal memo was referencing a specific concern about discrimination against Asian-Americans, according to Sarah Isgur Flores, DOJ spokeswoman.
“Press reports regarding the personnel posting in the Civil Rights Division have been inaccurate. The posting sought volunteers to investigate one administrative complaint filed by a coalition of 64 Asian-American associations in May 2015 that the prior Administration left unresolved,” Flores wrote. “The complaint alleges racial discrimination against Asian Americans in a university’s admissions policy and practices.”
But the false Times story, however, set off accusations that the Trump administration was being racist.
The Times story quoted a key liberal activist lawyer who said, “This is deeply disturbing.”
While the Philadelphia Inquirer published an article claiming, “What do blacks have to lose under Trump? College, apparently.”
Congressional Black Caucus chairman Cedric Richmond put out a statement in which he said, “Instead of standing up for himself to a president who called him ‘very weak’ and ‘beleaguered,’ Attorney General Sessions has chosen to pick on minority students who are in pursuit of a college education, opportunity and the American Dream.”
One Asian American legal group was very happy with the thought that the DOJ might finally be investigating race-based discrimination.
Lee Cheng, the co-founder and director of the Asian American Legal Foundation, said he was thankful that there was now ‘a voice in DC that we can appeal to.’
Finally, there were “people at the federal government level who want to enforce civil rights as they were meant to be enforced,” he said, “To protect individual rights of all Americans regardless of race.”
According to the Daily Caller:
Studies on affirmative action have shown that Asian-American students might suffer more from these race-based policies than other ethnic groups. A 2009 studied revealed Asian American students often have to score higher on their SATs than their white, black and Latin counterparts to be considered on the same playing field.
Discrimination against Asians in admissions has been an accepted practice in some colleges for years.
Thankfully, the DOJ might finally be getting back to where it should have been all along, protecting the indivudal regardless of race.