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For decades, Affirmative Action has been a controversial issue. And people on both sides of the argument have reasons for either opposing or supporting it. But now the Trump administration is urging the Justice Department to investigate and sue universities who engage in the practice of affirmative action. Trump claims the policy discriminates against white applicants. The Justice Department’s civil rights division has released a document that calls for lawyers eager to work on an “investigation and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions.” This means the Trump administration is taking on affirmative action in a political move to appease the conservative base.
With the projecting running out of the Department of Justice’s front office – where Trump’s own political appointees work – his people will be able to go after affirmative action like no previous president ever has. While an initiative like this would normally go through the Educational Opportunities Section, which is run by people with careers in public service, Trump’s attack on affirmative action will be fierce and targeted.
Although the documents does not list why the Justice Department considers affirmative action to be a racist policy. And it doesn’t list who is at risk of discrimination; however, the document says that “intentional race-based discrimination” cannot be allowed. It is pretty clear that Trump and his Department of Justice appointees are taking on affirmative action with a vengeance.
Trump’s initiative will probably target colleges and universities that offer programs to assist admissions to give black and Latino students a better chance at higher education – even if other students have comparable or higher test scores and grade point averages.
This announcement is following on the coattails of Trump’s declaration that transgender people can no longer serve in the United States military.
The top official in the civil rights division under Reagan’s administration and the first Bush administration, Roger Clegg, “welcomes” the changes the Trump administration proposes because it is “long overdue” as America becomes more multiracial.
“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.
Although the Justice Department has issued the document and made it public, they have not come forward to comment on their intention to take down affirmative action. The acting head of the civil rights division, John Gore, would not make availability to interview with the press.
“The Department of Justice does not discuss personnel matters, so we’ll decline comment,” said Devin O’Malley, a department spokesman.
In the past, the Supreme Court has ruled that affirmative action offers a “holistic” approach to college admission. Although it rejected the idea of a racial quota or race-based points systems, what universities – both public and private do – often bends the line of what is acceptable to receive federal funding.
Although Trump takes on the battle against affirmative action with confidence, he will face a lot of opposition from minority groups and Democrats.
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