Well, this isn’t a headline you see every day given the usual makeup of racial politics in this country. The DOJ has found that Yale is discriminating against white and Asian applicants in its undergraduate program. This comes after Harvard was accused of the same thing by a group of Asian students. They are appealing the ruling in that case.
Here’s Techno Frog with the relevant documents on this latest development.
The DOJ has found that Yale violated the civil rights of applicants "by discriminating on the basis of race and national origin."
"Yale's discrimination is long-standing and ongoing"
— Techno Fog (@Techno_Fog) August 13, 2020
The DOJ does not mince words. They claim that Yale is not just discriminating, but doing so on a grand scale, with white and Asian applicants having far less of a chance of entry with the same academic credentials as black and Hispanic applicants. The discrimination is long standing according to the letter. The actual investigation into this was started in 2018.
It’s also interesting that resident CNN flack Asha Rangappa is involved in this. She apparently, while serving as the associate dean of the law school, deleted records that may have been useful in this case. I guess she learned something about corruption during her brief stint with the FBI, which she now pretends makes her an expert on everything. This is the same person who proclaimed there was nothing wrong with the Carter Page FISA because she would know from her experience. We see how that turned out.
For their part, the DOJ are giving Yale an ultimatum. Either they change their practices within the next two weeks or they will file suit. It’s very unlikely Barr would allow this to move forward if he didn’t have them pretty well dead to rights, so it’s probably best if Yale pay attention here and not blow this off.
At the end of the day, discrimination is discrimination. It simply shouldn’t happen. If someone has the academic credentials, race should not play a factor in who gets a spot to go to college. I’d also posit that lowering the bar for certain races is not really helpful to those people. If anything, it puts them behind the eight ball and throws them into a situation they can’t flourish in. I’m not smart enough to have went to Yale (or at the very least, I never put that kind of effort into college, though I did graduate). That’s ok with me. I would not expect them to accept me based on any physical characteristic, nor should they be doing so in this case.
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