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Tue Jul 3, 2018, 03:23 PM

*Trump Admin. Reverses Obama on Affirmative Action* 'Race-Blind' Policy Encouraged

The New York Times, July 3, 2018. *EXCERPTS: In-depth article on proposals that impact equality and US education..

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration will encourage the nation’s school superintendents and college presidents to adopt race-blind admissions standards, abandoning an Obama administration policy that called on universities to consider race as a factor in diversifying their campuses, Trump administration officials said. The reversal would restore the policy set during President George W. Bush’s administration, when officials told schools that it “strongly encourages the use of race-neutral methods” for admitting students to college or assigning them to elementary and secondary schools.

Last November, Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked the Justice Department to re-evaluate past policies that he believed pushed the department to act beyond what the law, the Constitution and the Supreme Court had required, Devin M. O’Malley, a Justice Department spokesman said. As part of that process, the Justice Department rescinded seven policy guidances from the Education Department’s civil rights division on Tuesday..
The Supreme Court has steadily narrowed the ways that schools can consider race when trying to diversify their student bodies. But it has not banned the practice. Now, affirmative action is at a crossroads. The Trump administration is moving against any use of race as a measurement of diversity in education. And the retirement of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy at the end of this month will leave the court without its swing vote on affirmative action and allow President Trump to nominate a justice opposed to a policy that for decades has tried to integrate elite educational institutions.

A highly anticipated case is pitting Harvard against Asian-American students who say one of the nation’s most prestigious institutions has systematically excluded some Asian-American applicants to maintain slots for students of other races. That case is clearly aimed at the Supreme Court. “The whole issue of using race in education is being looked at with a new eye in light of the fact that it’s not just white students being discriminated against, but Asians and others as well,” said Roger Clegg, president and general counsel of the conservative Center for Equal Opportunity. “As the demographics of the country change, it becomes more and more problematic.”

The Obama administration believed that students benefit from being surrounded by diverse classmates, so in 2011, the administration offered schools a potential road map to establishing affirmative action policies that could withstand legal scrutiny..They concluded that the Supreme Court “has made clear such steps can include taking account of the race of individual students in a narrowly tailored manner.” It reaffirmed its view in 2016 after a Supreme Court ruling that said that schools could consider race as one factor among many...“It remains an enduring challenge to our nation’s education system to reconcile the pursuit of diversity with the constitutional promise of equal treatment and dignity,” Justice Kennedy wrote for the 4-3 majority.

The Trump administration’s plan would scrap the existing policies and encourage schools not to consider race at all. The new policy would not have the force of law, but it amounts to the official view of the federal government. School officials who keep their admissions policies intact would do so knowing that they could face a Justice Department investigation or lawsuit, or lose federal funding from the Education Department...The move comes at a moment when conservatives see an opportunity to dismantle affirmative action. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said his prosecutors will investigate and sue universities over discriminatory admissions policies. And the conservative-backed lawsuit against Harvard is being pushed by the same group, the Project on Fair Representation, that pressed Fisher.

..“This is a wholly political attack,” Ms. Bhargava said. “And our schools are the place where our communities come together, so our schools have to continue to promote diversity and address segregation, as the U.S. Constitution demands.” “It’s part of a broader conservative effort to undermine affirmative action,” said Samuel Bagenstos, a University of Michigan law professor and former Justice Department civil rights lawyer. “It’s something Republican administrations have been doing since Reagan.”
On Friday, the Education Department began laying the groundwork for the guidance decision. It restored on its civil rights website the Bush-era guidance, which had been shuttered by the Obama administration, signaling a shift of the Education Department’s stance on affirmative action, according to a person with knowledge of the decision...
But the policy shift comes as no surprise to civil rights advocates, who say it is only the latest measure by the Trump administration to dismantle policies aimed at protecting children and minority communities....
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos actually has seemed hesitant to wade in on the fate of affirmative action policies that date back to a 57-year-old executive order by President John F. Kennedy, who recognized systemic and discriminatory disadvantages for women and minorities...More..

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Reply *Trump Admin. Reverses Obama on Affirmative Action* 'Race-Blind' Policy Encouraged (Original post)
appalachiablue Jul 3 OP
Civic Justice Jul 3 #1
appalachiablue Jul 3 #2
GaryCnf Jul 3 #3
appalachiablue Jul 3 #5
Hoyt Jul 3 #4
appalachiablue Jul 3 #6
Civic Justice Jul 3 #9
LastLiberal in PalmSprings Jul 3 #7
appalachiablue Jul 3 #8

Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Tue Jul 3, 2018, 03:27 PM

1. There is NOTHING that Republican do that is Race Blind... its about White Dominance!!!

 

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Response to Civic Justice (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 3, 2018, 03:50 PM

2. Clearly, and for yrs. many people, esp. scientists have pointed out

that, like it or not, it's virtually impossible to be 'race blind,' in a society like America particularly.

And NOW, in these times...geesh!

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Tue Jul 3, 2018, 03:53 PM

3. I'm guessing

 

it's not a policy that is blind to race but one that's blind to racism.

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Response to GaryCnf (Reply #3)

Tue Jul 3, 2018, 04:01 PM

5. You said it..the essence.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Tue Jul 3, 2018, 03:56 PM

4. I hope universities disregard trump's junk. Diversity is an important part of education, and

too many people -- even at tax supported schools -- stood in the doorways too long.






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Response to Hoyt (Reply #4)

Tue Jul 3, 2018, 04:16 PM

6. Same, I hope that schools in lower and higher educ. will, and can

manage given the new directives. In the article I think it states that DOJ will prosecute any 'violators' and conservative groups will be involved I'd think. We will see and hope for the best. God knows after 400 years of slavery and Jim Crow, the 40 some yrs. of positive affirmative action policy was miniscule but well meant to address mass damage. *Thanks for the images, impt. to have. I was planning to look & post but am pressed for time.

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Response to Hoyt (Reply #4)

Tue Jul 3, 2018, 07:18 PM

9. Rabid Racist has been an infection too long in America.... I hope...

 

AS the current climate of ignorance racist white people bring and show itself within society, that it finally begins to show more of how much general society detest of white ignorance.
And the world of multi cultural people... already are seeing that the worst thing they can do is allow rabid racist white people to infect their nations.
There is something innately inhumane in these racist white people. the time will come when the world will rebuke them, and it is best that the liberal minded white people find a way to distinguish themselves from these racist white people. The world can deal with multi-cultural respecting white people. But as time is showing the world will grow more tired of dealing with this rabid sickness that exist in some white people.
They are savages !!!!

In case people don't know what or how to define a savage:

SAVAGE = member of a people regarded as primitive and uncivilized, violent, uncontrolled barbarians (a ferocity or mercilessness regarded as unworthy of civilized people), lacking the restraints normal to civilized human beings, lacking complex or advanced culture, extreme fierceness and unrestrained violence and brutality .



Ecclesiastes 3:18-22
I also said to myself, “As for humans, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals. 19 Surely the fate of human beings is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath[c]; humans have no advantage over animals. Everything is meaningless. 20 All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return. 21 Who knows if the human spirit rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?”
22 So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them?


Savages are incapable of understanding this !!!! so they remain being Savages.


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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Tue Jul 3, 2018, 04:17 PM

7. They should just make a rubber stamp:



It would save a lot of time and typing.

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Response to LastLiberal in PalmSprings (Reply #7)

Tue Jul 3, 2018, 04:19 PM

8. Fair point, efficient too! :(

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