Civil rights, you know.
The case is Students for Fair Admissions v. President and Fellows of Harvard College, while the media is crying, “Doom, doom”, SCOTUS is not all that enthusiastic about the case and, despite media claims, not all that conservative.
At issue is Harvard pursuing diversity by discriminating against Asian applicants.
First, an Obama judge signed off on the thin Ivy League excuse for discriminating against Asian applicants.
In her ruling, Judge Allison Burroughs writes that a “partial cause” of racial disparities in admissions rates is that “Asian American applicants’ disproportionate strength in academics comes at the expense of other skills and traits that Harvard values.” She says it’s “possible” that the Asian applicants “did not possess the personal qualities that Harvard is looking for at the same rate as white applicants.” Moreover, “it would be unsurprising to find that applicants that excel in one area, tend to be somewhat weaker in other areas.” To Jews, such language and reasoning might sound painfully familiar. And if a judge today wrote that blacks or Hispanics excel at sports and have outgoing personalities, so it would be really surprising if they flourished academically as well, liberals would be calling for his head.
And that’s understating the case if anything. Substitute black for Asian in that ruling and heads would have exploded, movies would have been made, and it would be trotted out as evidence of systemic racism.
In the past few years, the case has traveled the usual circuitous route. And the Biden administration is arguing in favor of discriminating against Asians.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday filed a petition asking the Supreme Court to reject a challenge to Harvard University’s admissions practices, which the plaintiffs argued are discriminatory against Asian American applicants in an appeal filed earlier this year.
Now Republicans have a sharper sales pitch for Asian voters.
If only they were willing to use it.