Editorial: End racial discrimination in all iterations

Let’s face it. Racial discrimination is racial discrimination. Calling it affirmative action is just swinging the pendulum the other way.

The Department of Justice recently joined a group of Asian-American students in their lawsuit against Harvard University that claims the school’s use of a subjective “personal rating” in determining admissions discriminates against Asian-Americans.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said, “No American should be denied admission to school because of their race.”

Harvard officials put out a statement this past week saying they are “deeply disappointed” in Justice’s action, but concluded it was to be expected “given the highly irregular investigation the DOJ has engaged in thus far.” A Justice official said the investigation is still ongoing and might result in a separate lawsuit or other action.

The personal rating is supposed to be based on character and personalty traits, but the lawsuit claims an analysis of data found Asian-Americans had the highest academic and extracurricular ratings of any racial group, but the lowest score on the personal rating.

The Supreme Court upheld affirmative action policies in 2016 in a case out of the University of Texas at Austin. Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement earlier this year, wrote the opinion, which said “considerable deference is owed to a university in defining those intangible characteristics, like student body diversity, that are central to its identity and educational mission.”

Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s nominee to replace Kennedy, once described a government program pushing diversity as a “naked racial-spoils system,” and he predicted in a newspaper column that the Supreme Court eventually would rule that “in the eyes of government, we are just one race.”

Earlier this year Trump’s Justice Department rescinded an Obama-era policy that encourages colleges and universities to promote diversity by considering racial quotas.

In his “Dream” speech Martin Luther King, Jr., did say, “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed, ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’ I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

Racial discrimination is abhorrent in all its iterations.

A version of this editorial appeared this week in some of the Battle Born Media newspapers — The Ely Times, the Mesquite Local News, the Mineral County Independent-News, the Eureka Sentinel,  Sparks Tribune and the Lincoln County Record.

6 comments on “Editorial: End racial discrimination in all iterations

  1. Rincon says:

    It all depends on how Harvard and other schools went about their selection process. I suspect they used quotas – a chain saw rather than a scalpel. It’s certainly reasonable for colleges to consider circumstances beyond raw performance. If one student applies to Harvard who was raised by a single, alcoholic mother in a high crime area, educated in a lousy school, and another with similar performance applies who was raised in a great neighborhood and educated in top notch schools while receiving private tutoring, should admission committees ignore the ability to overcome adversity in the selection process? I say no.

    That being said, what if the first student in my example was Asian and the second African American? There are many factors other than race that put students at a disadvantage. Overemphasizing race and underemphasizing individual circumstances may have led to the skewed results from Harvard’s selection process. Hopefully, the court will do a good job in sorting this out.

  2. Steve says:

    As long as we allow outward appearance to have ANY input on who “qualifies” for schools, jobs, homes and social interaction, we will be a prejudiced world.

    Blindness might help. But that seems extreme.

    “Can’t you see?!! His face is white on the LEFT side!!!”

  3. Vernon Clayson says:

    Qualifying is of interest, attendance and graduating is also of interest, shouldn’t that be public information? I’m thinking of Barrack Obama who claims Harvard in his CV but hasn’t offered proof and Harvard neither acknowledges or denies it, how are we to know? Just because the Congress accepted it doesn’t prove it to me?????????

  4. Rincon says:

    One would think that if the Harvard Gazette acknowledges it to be a fact, then it just might be true. Methinks you read too much Breitbart.
    https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2008/11/obama-joins-list-of-seven-presidents-with-harvard-degrees/

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