Justice Dept. to Take On Affirmative Action in College Admissions

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President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have helped tilt the Justice Department to the right on civil rights issues. CreditDoug Mills/The New York Times

WASHINGTON — 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.

The document does not explicitly identify whom the Justice Department considers at risk of discrimination because of affirmative action admissions policies. But the phrasing it uses, “intentional race-based discrimination,” cuts to the heart of programs designed to bring more minority students to university campuses.

Supporters and critics of the project said it was clearly targeting admissions programs that can give members of generally disadvantaged groups, like black and Latino students, an edge over other applicants with comparable or higher test scores.

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The project is another sign that the civil rights division is taking on a conservative tilt under President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. It follows other changes in Justice Department policy on voting rights, gay rights and police reforms.

Roger Clegg, a former top official in the civil rights division during the Reagan administration and the first Bush administration who is now the president of the conservative Center for Equal Opportunity, called the project a “welcome” and “long overdue” development as the United States becomes increasingly multiracial.

“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,” he said.

But Kristen Clarke, the president of the liberal Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, criticized the affirmative action project as “misaligned with the division’s longstanding priorities.” She noted that 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,” performing work that often no one else has the resources or expertise to do.

“This is deeply disturbing,” she said. “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.”

The Justice Department declined to provide more details about its plans or to make the acting head of the civil rights division, John Gore, available for an interview.

“The Department of Justice does not discuss personnel matters, so we’ll decline comment,” said Devin O’Malley, a department spokesman.

The Supreme Court has ruled that the educational benefits that flow from having a diverse student body can justify using race as one factor among many in a “holistic” evaluation, while rejecting blunt racial quotas or race-based point systems. But what that permits in actual practice by universities — public ones as well as private ones that receive federal funding — is often murky.

Mr. Clegg said he would expect the project to focus on investigating complaints the civil rights division received about any university admissions programs.

He also suggested that the project would look for stark gaps in test scores and dropout rates among different racial cohorts within student bodies, which he said would be evidence suggesting that admissions offices were putting too great an emphasis on applicants’ race and crossing the line the Supreme Court has drawn.

Some of that data, he added, could be available through the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights, which did not respond to a request for comment.

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John Gore, the acting head of the Justice Department’s civil rights division, in 2014.CreditAmerican Constitution Society, via YouTube

The Supreme Court most recently addressed affirmative action admissions policies in a 2016 case, voting 4 to 3 to uphold a race-conscious program at the University of Texas at Austin. But there are several pending lawsuits challenging such practices at other high-profile institutions, including Harvard University and the University of North Carolina. The Justice Department has not taken a position in those cases.

The pending start of the affirmative action project — division lawyers who want to work on it must submit their résumés by Aug. 9, the announcement said — joins a series of changes involving civil rights law since Mr. Trump’s inauguration.

In a lawsuit challenging Texas’ strict voter identification law, the Justice Department switched its position, dropping the claim that the law was intentionally discriminatory and later declaring that the law had been fixed. Mr. Sessions has also made clear he is not interested in using consent decrees to impose reforms on troubled police departments and has initiated a sweeping review of existing agreements.

Last week, the Justice Department, without being asked, filed a brief in a private employment discrimination lawsuit. It urged an appeals court not to interpret the ban on sex-based discrimination in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as covering sexual orientation. The Obama administration had shied from taking a stand on that question.

Vanita Gupta, who ran the civil rights division in the Obama administration’s second term and is now president of the liberal Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, noted that the briefs in the Texas voter identification and gay-rights cases were signed only by Trump administration political appointees, not career officials, just as the affirmative action project will apparently be run directly by the division’s front office.

“The fact that the position is in the political front office, and not in the career section that enforces antidiscrimination laws for education, suggests that this person will be carrying out an agenda aimed at undermining diversity in higher education without needing to say it,” Ms. Gupta said.

The civil rights division has been a recurring culture-war battleground as it passed between Democratic and Republican administrations.

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During the administration of George W. Bush, its overseers violated Civil Service hiring laws, an inspector general found, by filling its career ranks with conservatives who often had scant experience in civil rights law. At the same time, it brought fewer cases alleging systematic discrimination against minorities and more alleging reverse discrimination against whites, like a 2006 lawsuit forcing Southern Illinois University to stop reserving certain fellowship programs for women or members of underrepresented racial groups.

In 2009, the Obama administration vowed to revitalize the agency and hired career officials who brought in many new lawyers with experience working for traditional, liberal-leaning civil-rights organizations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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AFRICAN AMERICA IS AT WAR

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICA

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICANS

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

AMERICA'S RACISTS HAVE INFILTRATED AMERICAN POLICE FORCES TO WAGE A RACE WAR AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

THE BLACK RACE IS AT WAR

FIRST WORLD WAR:  THE APPROXIMATELY 6,000 YEAR WORLD WAR ON AFRICA AND THE BLACK RACE

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They  do it right out in the open. No discussions whatsoever in advance with black politicians or leaders. They do it without any fucking respect.  That's their calling card. It is racist. Obvious and evil.  

With Trump, we’re back in 1954. If this is war, strategically retreat, lay low on the streets, hang out in different people’s places, business indoors - during the racist administration of Damned Madness.  Go as-if underground. Make it fruitful. Make some motherfucking plans. Build up.

 IMHO, of course!     

DennisKalita posted:

They  do it right out in the open. No discussions whatsoever in advance with black politicians or leaders. They do it without any fucking respect.  That's their calling card. It is racist. Obvious and evil.  

With Trump, we’re back in 1954. If this is war, strategically retreat, lay low on the streets, hang out in different people’s places, business indoors - during the racist administration of Damned Madness.  Go as-if underground. Make it fruitful. Make some motherfucking plans. Build up.

 IMHO, of course!     

 

With our Black ELECTED OFFICIALS/politicians, and Black lawyers not saying a damn thing, no matter what they hell they do, why would they have any discussions, etc., when our Black political 'leaders', etc.

There thousands of Black attorneys in America [over 33,000 as of 2000 census] and any number of them could also file a 'brief'/'Friend of the Courts Brief' challenging this attempt to dismantle Affirmative Action and put African Americans and other minority students back to the square-one disadvantage these law/rules were ment to help.  

But, they haven't, and African America should be wondering exactly WHY that is.

African Americans should be VERY concerned with the fact that our "political leaders" are conspicously silent on EVERY gravely important issue facing African America/African Americans today.

[*Notice how the threw, "but frequently Asian-Americans are as well," in there to APPEAR to not just be targeting Black people/college students/higher education. (As if racist White peopel give a damn about Asians)]

DennisKalita posted:

They  do it right out in the open. No discussions whatsoever in advance with black politicians or leaders. They do it without any fucking respect.  That's their calling card. It is racist. Obvious and evil.  

With Trump, we’re back in 1954. If this is war, strategically retreat, lay low on the streets, hang out in different people’s places, business indoors - during the racist administration of Damned Madness.  Go as-if underground. Make it fruitful. Make some motherfucking plans. Build up.

 IMHO, of course!     

And where are the white liberals? Where is the Democratic Party? A local Republican that works on voter ID said the Democratic Party gives them almost no resistance because they are after the same voters. He said most of the resistance is from private Black lawyers not the Democratic Party. He said the Obama administration was slow and ineffective regarding voter ID. I was shocked that he said that because it is the truth. He said the Democratic Party have not been a traditional liberal party since Clinton and have done things to try to impress white voters. 

He said Obama was a challenge because he was able to get huge Black turn out and draw working class and college educated white voters and they see who is on the horizon, Kamala Harris... haha!

So the DNC is going to pull the same bullshit they did with Obama.... These people see Black people as fuel not constituents. So Kamala is going to fake left but go right just like Obama did and that means Black people don't mean shit to them except votes. We are so easily fooled and impressed by bullshit. 

With ‘Better Deal’ platform, Democrats chase white votes instead of proven coalitions

New economic plan relies heavily on populist rhetoric designed to appeal to disaffected, working-class white voters.

“They know that a certain amount of black and minority voters will come out for them regardless, so they take those votes for granted.”

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sunnubian posted:
DennisKalita posted:

They  do it right out in the open. No discussions whatsoever in advance with black politicians or leaders. They do it without any fucking respect.  That's their calling card. It is racist. Obvious and evil.  

With Trump, we’re back in 1954. If this is war, strategically retreat, lay low on the streets, hang out in different people’s places, business indoors - during the racist administration of Damned Madness.  Go as-if underground. Make it fruitful. Make some motherfucking plans. Build up.

 IMHO, of course!     

 

With our Black ELECTED OFFICIALS/politicians, and Black lawyers not saying a damn thing, no matter what they hell they do, why would they have any discussions, etc., when our Black political 'leaders', etc.

There thousands of Black attorneys in America [over 33,000 as of 2000 census] and any number of them could also file a 'brief'/'Friend of the Courts Brief' challenging this attempt to dismantle Affirmative Action and put African Americans and other minority students back to the square-one disadvantage these law/rules were ment to help.  

But, they haven't, and African America should be wondering exactly WHY that is.

African Americans should be VERY concerned with the fact that our "political leaders" are conspicously silent on EVERY gravely important issue facing African America/African Americans today.

[*Notice how the threw, "but frequently Asian-Americans are as well," in there to APPEAR to not just be targeting Black people/college students/higher education. (As if racist White peopel give a damn about Asians)]

Yes, yes, yes, it's what I've been saying for years but some people are too gaddam slow and so easily impressed on bullshit. So why in the hell Hillary would ever be on our radar? 

So again, we may have another opportunity at Sanders but the Democratic Party have already starting to smear him because he is not a corporate and Wall Street ass kisser like Hillary and Obama and white people love their corporate state, they own it! 

If this country does not get a PROGRESSIVE version of Eliot Ness as President Black people are in for some bad times ahead that will span generations. 

Momentum posted:
sunnubian posted:
DennisKalita posted:

They  do it right out in the open. No discussions whatsoever in advance with black politicians or leaders. They do it without any fucking respect.  That's their calling card. It is racist. Obvious and evil.  

With Trump, we’re back in 1954. If this is war, strategically retreat, lay low on the streets, hang out in different people’s places, business indoors - during the racist administration of Damned Madness.  Go as-if underground. Make it fruitful. Make some motherfucking plans. Build up.

 IMHO, of course!     

 

With our Black ELECTED OFFICIALS/politicians, and Black lawyers not saying a damn thing, no matter what they hell they do, why would they have any discussions, etc., when our Black political 'leaders', etc.

There thousands of Black attorneys in America [over 33,000 as of 2000 census] and any number of them could also file a 'brief'/'Friend of the Courts Brief' challenging this attempt to dismantle Affirmative Action and put African Americans and other minority students back to the square-one disadvantage these law/rules were ment to help.  

But, they haven't, and African America should be wondering exactly WHY that is.

African Americans should be VERY concerned with the fact that our "political leaders" are conspicously silent on EVERY gravely important issue facing African America/African Americans today.

[*Notice how the threw, "but frequently Asian-Americans are as well," in there to APPEAR to not just be targeting Black people/college students/higher education. (As if racist White peopel give a damn about Asians)]

Yes, yes, yes, it's what I've been saying for years but some people are too gaddam slow and so easily impressed on bullshit. So why in the hell Hillary would ever be on our radar? 

So again, we may have another opportunity at Sanders but the Democratic Party have already starting to smear him because he is not a corporate and Wall Street ass kisser like Hillary and Obama and white people love their corporate state, they own it! 

If this country does not get a PROGRESSIVE version of Eliot Ness as President Black people are in for some bad times ahead that will span generations. 

 

Yeah the Democrats have sold the hell out; big time!

This guy articulates that fact to-a-'t':

Corporate Democrats Now Calling Progressives The "Alt-Left"

 

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"If this country does not get a PROGRESSIVE version of Eliot Ness as President Black people are in for some bad times ahead that will span generations."

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What is so painfully frightening about that, is how Black people in America are freaking oblivious as hell to that fact.

Black people in America are doing exactly what I read Jews did when they were being warned of Hitler's plans looooong before they began to happen.  

They "didn't believe" 'anyone would do anything that horrible', and the people that were trying to sound the alarm were written off as what we would call today 'conspiracy theorists', and just like the vast majority of Black people in America, most of them didn't want to talk about it, didn't want to hear what the people were trying to tell them.  

But, while Black people are walking around in denial and psychologically covering their ears to the warning sounds, America's racists are planning and strategizing the destruction of African America, and setting up all the traps to snare Black people into unemployment, underfunded public schools with Pipelines To Prison for Black children,  abject poverty,  prison, and death.  

And what is happening with Black people in America is only a microcosm of what is happening to Black people globally throughout the entire Black diaspora and in Africa.  

African Americans are being pushed out of Black communities all across America by 'gentrification', Affirmative Action and Anti-Discrimination Laws are being set to be 'dismantled', racial profiling and racial harassment is putting record numbers of Black people in prison and/or giving them criminal records to block access to employment, housing and the vote; the Black vote is being stripped of its power by deliberate 'purging' of voter registration rolls,  and African Americans are being murdered all across this country by racist cops.

 

I don't know about you guys, but I'm not looking forward to me and mine being naked in ovens. There's something wrong with the Caucasoids in this crazy country. I just happened to be born here and can't afford to leave. It's called royally fucked. Most of my life's behind me rather than in front, so maybe I'll be allowed to die peacefully. God will take care of my family, I guess. Either God, or Kim Jong Un when he causes the entire world to glow in the dark, including his ugly buttocks. He needs a new barber.

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