Just in case you thought you misread the title, no. Trump and his Justice department plan to use their resources to combat discrimination against white students! The department, headed by Jeff Sessions, plans on investigating and suing colleges and universities over their affirmative action policies, which they believe discriminate against specific students, according to a document obtained by The New York Times.
In this document, which was titled as an internal announcement, the department is seeking lawyers who are willing to work on a new project. This new project will deal in “investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions.” Though the document doesn’t specify who they consider at risk of discrimination because of affirmative action, the word choice confirms that they will target programs that are designed to allow more minorities on campuses and universities.
This is another sure sign that the conservatives are trying to drastically change the dynamic of the Civil Rights division, which have already targeted voting and gay rights. According’to the NY Times, Roger Clegg, former Reagan administration official from the civil rights division, welcomes this plan:
“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.”
However, Kristen Clarke, president of the liberal Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, is not happy with the direction Trump and Sessions are taking with this matter:
“The civil rights division was created and launched to deal with the unique problem of discrimination faced by our nation’s most oppressed minority groups. This is deeply disturbing, it would be a dog whistle that could invite a lot of chaos and unnecessarily create hysteria among colleges and universities who may fear that the government may come down on them for their efforts to maintain diversity on their campuses.”
Source: NY Times