The Trump administration is ready to redirect resources of Justice Department’s civil rights division towards probing and prosecuting Universities favorable action admission policies deemed to discriminate against white applicants.
The civil right division seeks lawyers who would like to probe the possible legal action over race based prejudice in college and university admissions. The project will be handled by Trump’s front office where his political representatives work rather than educational opportunities section which areoperated by career civil servants and usually handle the work of schools and universities.
It’s not clear whom the Justice department considers at the risk of discrimination because of affirmative action admissions policies. However the phrase they use “intentional race-based discrimination,” nullifies the objective of the university campuses to appease the minority students.
Advocates and detractors said it was clearly targeting the admission programs that can give the disadvantaged groups like the blacks or Latinos an upper edge.
Another bend in the civil rights division is taking on a conservative tilt under President Trump. It gives vent to other changes in the justice department policy like voting rights, gay rights and police reforms. Roger Clegg, a former top official in the civil rights division during the Reagan administration conferred as welcome and long overdue development as USA becomes multi-racial. He also reiterated that the civil right laws were intentionally written to safeguard everybody from bigotry.
However, Kristen Clarke, the president of the liberal Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law condemned the affirmative action project as wrongly calibrated with the division’s long standing concern.