Yale Accused of Discrimination Against Asian and White Students

 In opinion, Politics

Ivy League schools like Yale and Harvard have been accused of discriminating against Asian and White students in violation of Federal Civil Rights Laws. Harvard was accused of discrimination against Asian students last year and a judge ruled against the DOJ. An appeal of that ruling is set for September, 2020. Meanwhile, Yale has dug in hard and refused to change their admissions policy.

“Had the Department fully received and fairly weighed this information, it would have concluded that Yale’s practices absolutely comply with decades of Supreme Court precedent…We are proud of Yale’s admissions practices, and we will not change them on the basis of such a meritless, hasty accusation.” Yale statement

Fairly weighed for who? Discrimination against Asian and White students is partly due to the prevailing search for “diversity,” but there are other factors at play. Just remember – if you want to go to an Ivy League school, even if your grades and other issues make the cut, your skin color might not. The DOJ is trying to rectify decades of entrenched thought.

The CTV reported:

The two-year investigation concluded that Yale “rejects scores of Asian American and white applicants each year based on their race, whom it otherwise would admit,” the Justice Department said. The investigation stemmed from a 2016 complaint against Yale, Brown and Dartmouth.

“Yale’s race discrimination imposes undue and unlawful penalties on racially-disfavoured applicants, including in particular Asian American and White applicants,” Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband, who heads the department’s civil rights division, wrote in a letter to the college’s attorneys.

Prosecutors found that Yale has been discriminating against applicants to its undergraduate program based on their race and national origin and “that race is the determinative factor in hundreds of admissions decisions each year.” The investigation concluded that Asian American and white students have “only one-tenth to one-fourth of the likelihood of admission as African American applicants with comparable academic credentials,” the Justice Department said.

At one point in time Ivy League schools had a quota system for Jews. Several decades later, the policy became known as unfair and racist, so the quotas were dropped.

Bamboo Ceiling for Asian Students

Glenn Harlan Reynolds, a University of Tennessee law professor writes in USA Today:

“But while the quotas for Jews are gone, the Ivy League now, by all accounts, has quotas for Asian students. They are seen as people who study too hard, boring grinds who aren’t much fun — and, of course, their parents aren’t as rich and connected. And though the numbers of highly qualified Asian applicants have grown dramatically, the number of Asians admitted stays pretty much the same every year.

Now the Asian students are suing. In a lawsuit against Harvard, they are claiming that Harvard demands higher qualifications from Asian students than from others, and that it uses “racial classifications to engage in the same brand of invidious discrimination against Asian Americans that it formerly used to limit the number of Jewish students in its student body.”

These claims are almost certainly correct. Discrimination against Asian students — and not just by Harvard, but throughout higher education — has been an open secret for years. Asian students, we’re told, face a “bamboo ceiling” as a result.

Where today’s discrimination is different from the Ivy League’s old quotas against Jews is that those old quotas were removed as part of efforts to fight racism. The Ivy League’s new quotas, meanwhile, are often defended on the same grounds — or, at least, as a means of attaining “diversity.”

Yale has no plans to change their policy – will they if ordered to do so by the Justice Department?  The halls of higher education have been tainted by the kinds of thoughts that not only discriminate, but foment racial division, and twisting of the history of America.

Featured photo: Screenshot of Yale campus via Yale.edu


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