Because Hey, Since We're Making Everything Else White Again, Why Not College Too?
Today we definitely weren’t surprised by a report by the New York Times detailing Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ latest behind-the-scenes effort to make America white again.
This time, he’s reported to be allocating resources of the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division to “investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions.”
Affirmative action policies, long opposed by foes of diversity, date back to the 1960s.
They seek to remedy the exclusion of people of color from higher education (in part due to disadvantages in segregated public school systems) and to ensure more diverse college campuses.
States like California, Florida and Michigan have seen sustained assaults on affirmative action in past decades, but the federal government has generally upheld them.
How to help prevent the return of #BeckyWithTheBadGrades
Want to learn more about the politics of white resentment? See the most recent affirmative action case to reach the Supreme Court, starring Abigail Fisher.
To learn more about how affirmative action cases keep making it to the Supreme Court, get to know Edward Blum, the anti-affirmative action activist who founded Students for Fair Admissions, recruited Abigail Fisher for the Texas case, and has a pending lawsuit against Harvard alleging anti-Asian bias in admissions.
Check out the hashtag #NotYourWedge, which points out the distinguishing feature of this newest report: the Trump Administration's attempt to drive a wedge between Asian American communities and other communities of color seeking higher education.
For a counterpoint on how the rich and powerful benefit from their own form of affirmative action ("legacy admissions"), see ProPublica's case study of Jared Kushner's admission to Harvard.
Also, connect with and support the groups working to advance educational opportunity for all students, including Asian Americans Advancing Justice and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.