Imagine that. The Civil Rights division of the DOJ is actually tackling institutional discrimination instead of enabling riots. What a change from the Obama years.
The Department of Justice today notified Yale University of its findings that Yale illegally discriminates against Asian American and white applicants in its undergraduate admissions process in violation of Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The findings are the result of a two-year investigation in response to a complaint by Asian American groups concerning Yale’s conduct.
“There is no such thing as a nice form of race discrimination,” said Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband for the Civil Rights Division.
Democrats disagree. Obviously.
The likelihood of admission for Asian American and White applicants who have similar academic credentials is significantly lower than for African American and Hispanic applicants to Yale College. For the great majority of applicants, Asian American and White applicants have only one-tenth to one-fourth of the likelihood of admission as African American applicants with comparable academic credentials
Title VI provides that “[n]o person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” 42 U.S.C. § 2000d.
Yale receives federal funding from the Department of Justice and, therefore, is subject to Title VI’s anti-discrimination mandate. In exchange for federal funding from the Department, Yale also signed contractual assurances that it would comply with Title VI and the Department’s implementing regulations…
Data produced by Yale show that Asian American applicants have a much lower chance of admission than do members of Yale’s preferred racial groups, even when those Asian Americans have much higher academic qualifications and comparable ratings by Yale’s admissions officers. Every year from 2000 to 2017, Yale offered admission to Asian American applicants to Yale College at rates below their proportion of the applicant pool. During this same 18-year period, Yale offered admission to White applicants at rates below their proportion of the applicant pool in a majority of years. And, every year during the same 18-year period, Yale admitted applicants to Yale College from Yale’s preferred racial groups at rates higher than their representation in the applicant pool.
Yale doesn’t really deny this. Rather the pro-discrimination argument is that it has a compelling interest in discriminating for diversity. And because of our terrible federal court system, they may be able to get away with it because the argument comes down to narrow definitions and the applicability of certain processes. Had this same position been applied to racial segregation, then it really would have been segregation forever.
If diversity is a defense against charges of discrimination, then discrimination becomes legalized.