Today the Trump administration announced it will divert its resources to punishing colleges and universities who discriminate against would-be white students in order to accommodate minority students.
This comes after decades of affirmative action, which has left less white males graduating schools than ever before, something some publications said contributed to President Donald Trump’s electoral landslide last November.
The New York Times spoke to a former Reagan and Bush official who now leads the conservative Center of Equal Opportunity, who said “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.”
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.
Affirmative action has been widely criticized by conservatives, and has been the subject of several lawsuits which claim it allows universities and other institutions to unfairly discriminate against white Americans.