Published: Wed, August 02, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Trump seeks to sue schools over affirmative action seen to hurt whites

Trump seeks to sue schools over affirmative action seen to hurt whites

The Trump administration plans to have the U.S. Department of Justice's civil rights division investigate and sue colleges and universities for their affirmative action admissions policies, according to the New York Times.

Trump won the election because, beginning with his attacks on Obama and the bogus birther conspiracy, Trump understood that the real anxiety that drives part of the Republican base isn't economic.

While the document doesn't blatantly say it will be defending whites, according to the Times, the phrase "intentional race-based discrimination" makes it clear that they are gunning for affirmative action programs.

The project is another sign that the civil rights division is taking on a conservative tilt under President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

"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", he said, even though discrimination against Asians in university admissions is because of a preference for whites, not other minorities.

And if there was any doubt, Roger Clegg, who worked in Reagan and Bush 2's civil rights divisions, described the project as a "welcome" and "long overdue" development in tackling the mythical problem of the higher education system ripping off white people.

Gupta, who is now president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, called the new project "an affront to our values as a country and the very mission of the civil rights division".

Two people familiar with the internal discussions at the Justice Department's civil rights division said that the move came after career staffers who specialize in education issues refused to work on the project out of concerns it was contrary to the office's long-running approach to civil rights in education opportunities.

"The Department of Justice does not discuss personnel matters, so we'll decline comment", Devin O'Malley, a department spokesman, told the Times. The court has rejected racial quotas but said race could be used as one factor among many in evaluating an applicant.

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