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Harvard Discriminates Against Asian Students — And This is What the DOJ is Doing About It

Colleges and universities across the country — state-supported and private — lower admissions standards for certain minority groups in the name of “diversity.”

Racial preferences, euphemistically called “affirmative action,” is racial discrimination. One student is admitted because of his race; another is denied admission because of his race.

And the U.S. Supreme Court said this practice is not unconstitutional. The court ruled in 2003 that schools may use race as a “plus” factor in admissions, because the benefits of “diversity” outweigh racial discrimination against individual applicants.

Admissions standards are highest for students of East Asian descent, as they generally outscore whites, Hispanics, blacks, and other groups. Whites are the next highest scoring group, followed by Hispanics, then blacks.

(See Discriminating Against High-Scoring Asians Because “Diversity”)

The Wall Street Journal reported that the Trump administration has opened an investigation into Harvard’s admissions system. Asian civil rights groups claim Harvard is discriminating against these applicants.

(See Is Racial Discrimination Illegal? Here’s What the Supreme Court Just Ruled)

The U.S. Department of Justice reviewed a dismissed 2015 discrimination complaint. An excerpt:

The department told Harvard it “may file a lawsuit” to enforce compliance if Harvard doesn’t hand over the documents by a new deadline of Dec. 1, according to a separate letter dated Nov. 17 from John M. Gore, the acting assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division. The department wrote that the materials requested by the Justice Department have already been provided by Harvard to the plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

The documents confirm the existence of an investigation that the Justice Department in August indicated it would pursue and suggest that Harvard has challenged the authority of the department’s Civil Rights Division to conduct it.

Harvard has previously said its admissions process is consistent with the legal precedents set over the past 40 years by the Supreme Court, which have allowed universities to consider race as a factor in admissions to obtain the benefits of a diverse student body.

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4 comments

  1. This is confusing. At one time Ivy League colleges–and countless others nationwide–could readily use race as a determining factor in the admission process. And now they cant discriminate and people are upset by that?

    • Not quite accurate. In the days of segregation and “gentlemen’s agreements, they could get away with discrimination on the basis of race or religion (e.g. many universities had a quota for Jews). When school were desegregated in the 1960s, those things weren’t allowed. But then it was argued that disadvantaged members of minority groups should get preferential treatment (“affirmative action”)because they’d been discriminated against in the past. Unfortunately this became a self-perpetuating system, especially after the US Supreme Court held that universities could consider race a factor in admissions, in the interests of promoting “diversity.” So, as this article states, discrimination on the basis of race is still happening – and it’s just as unfair now as it was then.

      • Anne, Jewish kids certainly were discriminated against in college admissions. But a Jewish person can sometimes lie and make it through discrimination. Black people never could. I benefitted from affirmative action out of South LA, studied hard, graduated early, and I don’t believe I took one dollar or morsel of food unfairly from any White person then and now.

  2. What more could one expect from the “university” that aided and abetted the current Senator from Massachusetts in her ruse of being a Native American. Harvard reported Warren as a minority to the Federal Government because Warren “told” the university? she was Native American, that is until the time she was given tenure – from that time forward she never made the claim.
    Harvard has gone from a premier educator to a progressive puppy mill.