Justice Dept. to Take On Affirmative Action in College AdmissionsProbably leaked by a black lawyer on the permanent staff. Civil Rights bureaucrats are almost all far-Left Democrats. They’re also majority black.
By Charlie Savage, August 1, 2017
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is preparing to redirect resources of the Justice Department’s civil rights division toward investigating and suing universities over affirmative action admissions policies deemed to discriminate against white applicants, according to a document obtained by The New York Times.
The document, an internal announcement to the civil rights division, seeks current lawyers interested in working for a new project on “investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions.”Work like leaking to the New York Times.
The announcement suggests that the project will be run out of the division’s front office, where the Trump administration’s political appointees work, rather than its Educational Opportunities Section, which is run by career civil servants and normally handles work involving schools and universities.
The document does not explicitly identify whom the Justice Department considers at risk of discrimination because of affirmative action admissions policies. But the phrasing it uses, “intentional race-based discrimination,” cuts to the heart of programs designed to bring more minority students to university campuses.That’s because in 21st century America, “intentional race-based discrimination” is only aimed at whites.
Roger Clegg, a former top official in the civil rights division during the Reagan administration and the first Bush administration who is now the president of the conservative Center for Equal Opportunity, called the project a “welcome” and “long overdue” development as the United States becomes increasingly multiracial.And of course, Obama didn’t care.
“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.
The civil rights division has been a recurring culture-war battleground as it passed between Democratic and Republican administrations.Scant experience in civil rights law means they haven’t spent a long time fighting for the rights of blacks. Most Republican lawyers are familiar with civil rights laws—as victims.
During the administration of George W. Bush, its overseers violated Civil Service hiring laws, an inspector general found, by filling its career ranks with conservatives who often had scant experience in civil rights law.
At the same time, it brought fewer cases alleging systematic discrimination against minorities and more alleging reverse discrimination against whites, like a 2006 lawsuit forcing Southern Illinois University to stop reserving certain fellowship programs for women or members of underrepresented racial groups.Here’s what that means, from Washington Watcher’s review of J. Christian Adams’s Injustice:
In 2009, the Obama administration vowed to revitalize the agency and hired career officials who brought in many new lawyers with experience working for traditional, liberal-leaning civil-rights organizations.
Assistant Attorney General Loretta King, upon assuming office, gave a speech to the Voting Rights Division saying “I can’t tell you how exciting it is to look up at the photos [of Eric Holder and Barack Obama], and see we now have two black men running the country. “Adams noted that if a white manager of a government agency said how wonderful it was to see two white men running the country, Loretta King would have sued him.
But looking at the photo at the top of the page above, I can tell you it is wonderful!