One of the hallmarks of the Trump administration has been their dedication to destroying practically everything former President Barack Obama accomplished while in office, and it’s a rather glorious sight to behold.
The vast majority of what Obama accomplished while in office was unconstitutional and the result of an abuse of his executive powers, many policies actually aggravating issues that have resulted in a greater divide among Americans. Seeing these policies get rescinded is truly a blessing.
The latest regulations to get the axe involves guidelines set by the previous occupant of the White House for college admissions regarding the race of enrolling students.
The guidelines that will be eliminated called for colleges to seek ways to promote racial diversity without being discriminatory in their admissions. Here is an excerpt from the 2011 guidance on race in admissions:
When an institution is taking an individual student’s race into account in an admissions or selection process, it should conduct an individualized, holistic review of all applicants. That is, the institution should evaluate each applicant’s qualifications in a way that does not insulate any student, based on his or her race, from comparison to all other applicants. An institution may assign different weights to different diversity factors based on their importance to the program. … But race cannot be given so much weight that applicants are defined primarily by their race and are largely accepted or rejected on that basis.
In summary, the guidelines give institutions options on how to promote racial diversity without specifically targeting and isolating race as a primary factor in the admissions decision.
Examples of how to accomplish that goal include targeted recruiting or the use of socioeconomic or other demographic identifiers to draw students from different racial backgrounds.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the Trump administration believes the Obama-era guidelines “go beyond Supreme Court precedent on the issue and mislead schools to believe that legal forms of affirmative action are simpler to achieve than what the law allows.”
The Department of Justice is currently investigating whether Harvard’s use of race in admissions has resulted in the school holding Asian-American students to a higher standard than students of other ethnicities.
As conservatives, we fully support the concept of equal opportunity for people of all ethnicities and colors, but the danger in doing affirmative action is that you risk creating a protected class, going beyond the defense of a person’s basic rights and actually giving them more rights than other groups.
This doesn’t solve the problem. It makes it worse.
Hopefully Trump’s actions here will prove to be positive in correcting this issue.
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