Within two months of his inauguration, Joe Biden’s handlers began hastily reversing the Trump administration‘s policies negating the disproportionate use of race in college admissions. While the Trump administration sought a narrowly tailored use of race or even color-blind admission standards, Biden advanced the practice of using race as a principal factor in selecting students, all for achieving the insultingly illogical goals of racial equity and diversity. High grades and achievement took a back seat to race-based factors, although melanin, the primary determinant of skin pigment, is something over which none of us have any control.
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case challenging the practice of affirmative action, which factors race into college admissions. Lawsuits assert that Harvard University,* a private institution, and the University of North Carolina,* a state college, discriminate against Asian American applicants, who frequently achieve higher scores than their student counterparts.
In the Harvard case, petitioners argue that the private university’s policy unfairly disadvantages Asian-American applicants in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. In the North Carolina case, petitioners allege that the policy of the public university violates the Equal Protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Biden’s handlers indicated that his administration will aggressively promote affirmative action with his nomination of Kristen Clarke to lead the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, which oversees the department’s position on cases related to affirmative action.
Clarke was previously president of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, an organization that actively defends colleges’ use of race as a key admission factor. She is a staunch advocate of using admissions processes to achieve a student body that is more racially diverse than its applicant pool.
Don’t hold your breathe waiting for a decision on this important matter. The court is not expected to hear the consolidated cases until next term, meaning a decision is not likely until later this year or early next year, according to the informative Ballotpedia.
Affirmative Action is an insult to minority high achievers who have dedicated themselves to excellence.
Lowering standards due to ethnicity is absurd. Would the proponents of this lunacy chose to go to a surgeon who got into med school because of physical characteristics rather than educational excellence? Bet not!
We have no concern about the heritage of professionals we go to. We simply want the best. With these programs in place, it would be easier to misjudge the credentials of minorities. It puts them at an often unwarranted disadvantage.
Lots to read and digest here today, but well worth my time. Learned a lot. I miss President Trump all the more. His outstanding judicial appointments will be his legacy.
Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett are decades younger than the other justices and their appointments will (hopefully) impact the USA for decades to come.