From The Wall Street Journal:
Harvard Accused of Bias Against Asian-Americans
Complaint alleges university sets higher bar for applicants to limit Asian enrollment
By Douglas Belkin | Updated May 15, 2015 9:26 p.m. ET
A complaint Friday alleged that Harvard University discriminates against Asian-American applicants by setting a higher bar for admissions than that faced by other groups.
The complaint, filed by a coalition of 64 organizations, says the university has set quotas to keep the numbers of Asian-American students significantly lower than the quality of their applications merits. It cites third-party academic research on the SAT exam showing that Asian-Americans have to score on average about 140 points higher than white students, 270 points higher than Hispanic students and 450 points higher than African-American students to equal their chances of gaining admission to Harvard. The exam is scored on a 2400-point scale.
The complaint was filed with the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights.
“Many studies have indicated that Harvard University has been engaged in systemic and continuous discrimination against Asian-Americans during its very subjective ‘Holistic’ college admissions process,” the complaint alleges.
The coalition is seeking a federal investigation and is requesting Harvard “immediately cease and desist from using stereotypes, racial biases and other discriminatory means in evaluating Asian-American applicants.”
More at the link. But, the complaint will, and must, fail, at least as long as Barack Hussein Obama, or any Democrat, is President of the United States, because if the complaint is upheld, then the systematic discrimination against white applicants, in favor of blacks, must fall as well.
Harvard University is a private college, and, as such, it is your Editor’s opinion that the school can do whatever it wants; Harvard can exclude all Asian applicants, or all white applicants, or all black applicants, if it so chooses. Yes, I know, that isn’t how the law reads, but it should be. My opposition to Affirmative Action is based on the Fourteenth Amendment, which states that the government cannot discriminate on the basis of race. The Supreme Court, in Grutter v Bollinger, approved the use of race-based considerations in applications to the University of Michigan Law School, as long as they weren’t hard quotas, but even the majority were uncomfortable with that decision, as Associate Justice Sandra O’Connor note in the conclusion of her majority opinion:
We expect that 25 years from now, the use of racial preferences will no longer be necessary to further the interest approved today.
That decision was announced on June 23, 2003, just five weeks short of twelve years ago; the majority’s opinion is closing in on the half-way point of that twenty-five year exception to the clear requirements of the Constitution the Court thought it wise to approve. Anyone want to be that, on June 23, 2028, Affirmative Action will be ended?
Naw, me neither.
And now, on to the blogroll!
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That’s it for this week!