The Trump administration may be aiming at affirmative action policies that are deemed discriminatory against white applicants to institutions of higher education, according to The New York Times. The Times report is based on a document it obtained that gives details of an internal announcement to the Justice Department.
The announcement made to the Justice Department’s civil rights division calls for lawyers interested in working on a new project focused on “investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions,” the Times reported.
The project will focus on programs that benefit black and latino students as well as other minority groups. Roger Clegg, a key official in the civil rights division in the Reagan and Bush administrations, said that the project was “long overdue.”
“The civil rights laws were deliberately written to protect everyone from discrimination, and it is frequently the case that not only are whites discriminated against now but frequently Asian-Americans are as well,” Clegg said.
Kristin Clarke, president of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, disagrees and said the project is “misaligned” with the central objectives of the department’s civil rights division.
“It would be a dog whistle that could invite a lot of chaos and unnecessarily create hysteria among colleges and universities who may fear that the government may come down on them for their efforts to maintain diversity on their campuses,” Clarke noted.
The Justice Department declined to provide details.
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