by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
David French of National Review Online diverges from mainstream media outlets when it comes to his assessment of the U.S. Justice Department’s plans regarding affirmative action on college campuses.
The New York Times reported that it obtained a document indicating that the DOJ was looking for lawyers who were interested in “investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions.” Despite the lack of any racial emphasis whatsoever, the Times described the intent as “redirecting resources” to protect “white applicants.”
I’d describe it differently. I’d say the DOJ is enforcing the law. And if you think white applicants would be the prime beneficiary of fair enforcement, you’re sadly mistaken. The true victims of affirmative action are our Asian-American citizens.
In 2015 and 2016, Asian-American groups filed complaints against a number of elite American colleges, and these complaints presented evidence of a truly stunning level of race-based discrimination in higher education. For example, they alleged that Asian Americans have the “lowest acceptance rate for each SAT test-score bracket.” To gain admission to college, Asian-American students had to score 140 points higher than white students, 270 points higher than Hispanic students, and 450 points higher than black students.
Compounding the problem, the complaints presented strong evidence of prohibited quotas. As the Asian-American population expanded, its college-admission rate stagnated — in much the same way that anti-Semitic administrators used to place caps on Jewish students.