The Justice Department announced on Thursday that it intends to file suit against Yale University for widespread racial discrimination against White and Asian students who apply to the prestigious college.
Justice Department Sues Yale University for Illegal Discrimination Practices in Undergraduate Admissionshttps://t.co/fuEh2wPhPk
— Justice Department (@TheJusticeDept) October 8, 2020
“Yale’s discrimination imposes undue and unlawful penalties on racially-disfavored applicants, including in particular most Asian and White applicants,” the DOJ alleges in its press release on the lawsuit. Racial discrimination by colleges and universities is illegal under the 1964 Civil Rights Act, but many schools have gotten away with discrimination for decades under the guise of affirmative action.
The DOJ cited the incredibly high standard required of White and Asian applicants to Yale relative to the academic credentials required of more privileged groups.
“For the great majority of applicants, Asian Americans and Whites have only one-eighth to one-fourth of the likelihood of admission as African American applicants with comparable academic credentials. Yale rejects scores of Asian American and White applicants each year based on their race, whom it otherwise would admit.”
The lawsuit comes after Yale refused to cooperate with federal inquiries on the school’s use of race-based admission practices. Asian American groups have increasingly waged campaigns against the affirmative action practices of elite universities, which may disenfranchise Asian students more than any other group.
California is one of the only states in the country that specifically bans affirmative action in college admissions, although many schools evade accountability for prejudiced admission standards through loopholes and concealed measures. Liberal elites have launched a statewide referendum to overturn the state constitution ban on affirmative action in college admissions, but the measure is trailing badly in polling, even within the incredibly liberal state.
A constitution amendment or act of Congress may be the best measure to put an end to racially discriminatory affirmative action once and for all. However, the Justice Department’s lawsuit against Yale could send a powerful message to elite universities who aim to restrict individuals of certain races from enrolling in the name of “equality” and “progress.”
City of Denver Unanimously Votes to Rename Columbus Park “La Raza Park”
There might come a time when nothing in the US is named after Christopher Columbus.
The Denver City Council unanimously voted to rename Columbus Park last week Monday, and now it will be named “La Raza Park.”
“La raza” is Spanish for “the race,” which has connotations with Latino identity politics. A Denver Post article tells us that the phrase “viva la raza” (long live the race) was the “rallying cry of the Chicano movement in the 1960s and ’70s.” The Chicano Movement encouraged Mexican ethnic and cultural solidarity with a particular emphasis on their indigenous heritage. The movement, however, rejected assimilation and thus the term “Mexican-American,” essentially branding themselves as the Hispanic version of the Black Power movement.
Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval claims that the unanimous vote was an act of officially naming a park that has “always” been unofficially called by its new name. “La raza is a word of unity and about celebrating community,” she said without a hint of irony.
The reason for officially renaming the park is about what you’d expect, namely because Christopher Columbus is irredeemably associated with colonialism and genocide and is thus not fit to be honored in any way, shape, or form.
Arturo Gonzalez, a retired professor, said that “Mexican Chicanos and Indigenous peoples have suffered genocide over the last 500 years. We live with that trauma. We continue to live with that trauma.”
Renaming parks, buildings, and schools that were previously named after so-called “problematic” or “white supremacist” historical figures is nothing new, of course, but the practice has accelerated over the past several months due to the hysteria following the George Floyd riots.
Big League Politics has covered many instances of this phenomenon. One of the most recent instances included a San Francisco school district renaming Abraham Lincoln High School because black lives apparently “didn’t matter” to him:
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