Category Archives: Affirmative Action

October 7, 2017

Justice Department confirms Harvard affirmative action probe

The Justice Department has formally launched an investigation into whether Harvard University uses discriminatory policies when admitting new students. American Oversight, a watchdog group, had requested public records relating to the DOJ’s affirmative action investigations, but was told that releasing the information could “interfere with enforcement proceedings.”

The Justice Department has formally launched an investigation into whether Harvard University uses discriminatory policies when admitting new students.

According to The Washington Examiner, the investigation was confirmed in a recent letter to American Oversight, a nonprofit watchdog organization, in response to the group’s Freedom of Information Act request.

In its letter to the watchdog group, the Justice Department explained that the government would not be able to release documents related to the ongoing investigation since they contain “information compiled for law enforcement purposes,” the release of which “could reasonably be expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings.”

The official confirmation of the probe comes in the wake of a New York Times report in August that outlined the Trump administration’s intent to launch a probe into the allegedly racist school admissions policy.

At the time, the newspaper claimed to have an internal document announcing the Department’s intent to hire lawyers to conduct “investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions.”


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August 25, 2017

Affirmative Action Has Failed. It Never Had a Chance to Succeed

College admissions committees can’t repair the damage caused by family dissolution.

This morning the New York Times published an extraordinary, data-rich article examining the outcome of diversity efforts at colleges and universities from coast to coast. The results, quite frankly, are sobering.

After decades of affirmative action, billions of dollars invested in finding, mentoring, and recruiting minority students, and extraordinary levels of effort and experimentation, black and Hispanic students are “more underrepresented at the nation’s top colleges and universities than they were 35 years ago”. White and Asian students, on the other hand, remain overrepresented as a percentage of the population, with Asian students most overrepresented of all.

On the one hand, these statistics represent a staggering failure. It’s difficult to overstate the modern campus obsession with diversity. To judge from marketing materials, campus investments, and the explosive growth of diversity bureaucracies, increasing minority representation on campus isn’t just a priority on par with, say, a good math, English, or engineering department, it’s deemed to be an indispensable part of a high-quality college education. That’s the legal rationale that’s used to justify racial discrimination in college admissions — that there is a “compelling state interest” in creating a truly diverse educational experience.


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August 13, 2017

After dividing California Democrats in 2014, affirmative action resurfaces in the race for governor

The discussion about affirmative action in the California governor’s race comes at a time when the issue is also reemerging at the federal, state and local levels. President Trump’s Justice Department just launched an investigation into “race-based discrimination” in college admissions.

A debate about affirmative action has emerged in the campaign for governor, threatening to inject a potentially volatile racial element into the 2018 contest after the issue divided California Democrats along ethnic lines three years ago.

The question of whether race should be considered in admissions to California’s colleges and universities was raised in recent weeks when the state’s Latino and black legislative caucuses sent a letter to the top six gubernatorial candidates.

Legislators polled the politicians about their views on affirmative action and track records on diversity efforts, and asked them to detail proposals to diversify colleges and state government that they would pursue if elected governor. The candidates were also asked about efforts they would undertake to help diversify leadership in the private sector, where they have no official control.

For California political observers, the questionnaire recalls a 2014 move by Latino and black lawmakers to repeal Proposition 209, which voters approved in 1996 to ban affirmative action in university admissions.


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August 2, 2017

Justice Dept. to Take On Affirmative Action in College Admissions

Supporters and critics of the project said it was clearly targeting admissions programs that can give members of generally disadvantaged groups, like black and Latino students, an edge over other applicants with comparable or higher test scores.

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.”

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.


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May 26, 2017

Trump Budget Kills Nixon-Era Affirmative Action Corporate Welfare Agency

The Trump administration’s first budget would shutter the fifty year old Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA).

The MBDA hands out grants and runs federally funded “management consulting operations” around the country. It has long been targeted by conservatives as a form of corporate welfare.

The agency has also been criticized for encouraging a “flight from white.” Since it offers aid only to business owned by officially recognized minorities, it creates an incentive for Americans to seek to have themselves recognized as non-white minorities. In 1977, Americans Indians successfully had their classification changed from white to Asian. More recently, some Americans of Middle Eastern descent have been lobbying to be recognized as minorities as well.

One effect of designating more Americans as officially recognized minorities has been to dilute the benefits of affirmative action and the MBDA to the originally intended recipients, African Americans.

The MBDA was created by Richard Nixon with a 1969 executive order under its original name of the Office of Minority Business Enterprise. The idea was that the agency would work to remedy the effects of past discrimination. It was a precursor to a series of programs that what would later be labeled “affirmative action” policies.


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October 30, 2016

Teacher Who Alleged He Was Not Hired Because He Is White Settles for $145K

A teacher who sued a New Jersey school district for racial discrimination, alleging he was not hired because he is white, settled out of court for $145,000.

Penns Grove-Carneys Point Superintendent Joseph Massare and Field Elementary School Principal Mary Kwiatkowski both recommended Brian Shields for a job in the district in the summer of 2013, then allegedly told Shields that he was not hired because he was white, NJ Advance Media reported.

A board of education meeting was supposed to approve the hire, until several people attending the meeting accused board members of “not hiring enough minorities at the school,” according to the suit.

The board ultimately rejected the recommendation to hire Shields, even after the superintendent said that a few minorities were recently hired at the school, the suit said.

Shields said Massare told him before the meeting that the board always approves recommendations, but told him after the meeting that he was not hired because of his race.

Shields will receive $83,778.21, and his attorney will receive $61,229.79, NJ Advance Media reported.


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October 28, 2016

UT students fly into rage over ‘affirmative action bake sale’

Liberal students at the University of Texas at Austin violently disrupted an “affirmative action bake sale” Wednesday, and now want to ban the conservative student group that hosted the event. The protesters destroyed the display and stole the baked goods, but a university official blamed the conservative students in an official statement, saying they brought the incident upon themselves with their “inflammatory and demeaning” methods.

Liberal students at the University of Texas at Austin violently disrupted an “affirmative action bake sale” Wednesday, and now want to ban the conservative student group that hosted the event.

The school’s Young Conservatives of Texas chapter organized the on-campus display in an effort to highlight the inequalities of affirmative action policies by charging people different prices based on their race and gender, but many of their classmates apparently failed to find the humor in the stunt, and reacted by tearing up the sign and stealing the baked goods.

The bake sale “was designed to highlight the insanity of assigning our lives value based on our race and ethnicity, rather than our talents, work ethic, and intelligence,” explained YCT Chairman Vidal Castañeda. “It is insane that institutional racism, such as affirmative action, continues to allow for universities to judge me by the color of my skin rather than my actions.”


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April 22, 2016

Dishonoring Jackson for affirmative-action absurdity by Pat Buchanan

President ousted from $20 bill was 2nd-greatest American soldier-statesman.

In Samuel Eliot Morison’s “The Oxford History of the American People,” there is a single sentence about Harriet Tubman.

“An illiterate field hand, (Tubman) not only escaped herself but returned repeatedly and guided more than 300 slaves to freedom.”

Morison, however, devotes most of five chapters to the greatest soldier-statesman in American history, save Washington, that pivotal figure between the Founding Fathers and the Civil War – Andrew Jackson.

Slashed by a British officer in the Revolution, and a POW at 14, the orphaned Jackson went west, rose to head up the Tennessee militia, crushed an Indian uprising at Horseshoe Bend, Alabama, in the War of 1812, then was ordered to New Orleans to defend the threatened city.

In one of the greatest victories in American history, memorialized in song, Jackson routed a British army and aborted a British scheme to seize New Orleans, close the Mississippi and split the Union.

In 1818, ordered to clean out renegade Indians rampaging in Georgia, Jackson stormed into Florida, seized and hanged two British agitators, put the Spanish governor on a boat to Cuba and claimed Florida for the USA.


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March 23, 2016

State Police boosted academy diversity by ignoring background checks, suit says

Jiras claims in her suit that her superiors, under pressure from the state Attorney General’s Office to boost recruit class diversity on short notice approved candidates who had been automatically disqualified for having suspended licenses, criminal affiliations and active warrants.

A veteran state trooper alleges in a whistleblower lawsuit she was retaliated against by her superiors after raising objections that police academy background checks were compromised because of pressure to increase racial diversity among State Police ranks.

Acting Sgt. Jaclyn Jiras, who spent five months working as a background investigator at a time the division was being scrutinized for its lack of black cadets, claims she was reassigned and denied a promotion when she flagged applicants with troubled legal histories and criminal backgrounds.

Court records and administrative documents obtained by NJ Advance Media also show Jiras and another trooper, acting Sgt. Christopher Griffin, were disciplined for allegedly leaking information from confidential background investigations to a retired trooper who ran a Facebook group for State Police members.


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March 18, 2016

Sandoval Co. man alleges reverse discrimination

Eavenson is a white male, and, according to the lawsuit, the five-member panel assigned by the county that interviewed Eavenson were all Hispanic, as were the three other applicants. The suit also alleges that all the Los Alamos County journeyman lineman positions were also held by Hispanics.

A Sandoval County man is suing Los Alamos County in U.S. District Court, alleging discrimination.

He also claims he was retaliated against by the county when he complained about the alleged discrimination.

In his complaint, Shannon Eavenson says the discrimination occurred when he interviewed for a position of journeyman lineman with the county, and he was turned down because of his race.

According to the lawsuit, Eavenson has been a journeyman lineman since 1998.
According to the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department, a journeyman lineman is one who has received at least 16 hours of continuing education every three-year period between updates of the state’s electrical codes.


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