The Trump administration is preparing to use resources of the Justice Department’s civil rights division toward suing colleges over affirmative action admissions policies. They believe the law discriminates against white applicants, and are ready to fight against it.
What is Affirmative Action?
The goal of affirmative action in US colleges and universities is to eliminate discrimination in the admissions process by recruiting and providing incentives for groups, like minority students and women, who have been historically excluded from leadership positions in American society.
Those who support affirmative action believe it levels the playing field, promotes a healthy multicultural society and makes up for centuries of racial, social and economic discrimination. The DOJ is looking for volunteers to investigate one administrative complaint filed by a coalition of 64 Asian-American associations in 2015 reporting racial discrimination against Asian Americans in a university’s admissions policy and practices. Department of Justice spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores believes the Obama administration had left the complaint unresolved and the Trump administration believes
“This Department of Justice has not received or issued any directive, memorandum, initiative, or policy related to university admissions in general,” she added. “The Department of Justice is committed to protecting all Americans from all forms of illegal race-based discrimination.”