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Explained: Trump Rescinds Obama-Era Affirmative Action Guidance

I assume this too will not satisfy #NeverTrump conservatives. They threw fits when he was nominated, and some continue to live unhappily under the most conservative administration since Ronald Reagan.

I mean, it’s incredible. Trump is proving himself time and again.

I’ve cut up and repackaged into an easily digestible form an article in the New York Times about the latest move against liberalism by President Trump, this one to try to stop race-based admissions, one of the conservative Holy Grails.

From the Times, one of the papers that broke the story:

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 Trump administration’s decisions on Tuesday brought government policy back to the George W. Bush administration guidances. The Trump administration did not formally reissue Bush-era guidance on race-based admissions, but, in recent days, officials did repost a Bush administration affirmative action policy document online.

That document states, “The Department of Education strongly encourages the use of race-neutral methods for assigning students to elementary and secondary schools.”

For the past several years, that document had been replaced by a note declaring that the policy had been withdrawn.

In a pair of policy guidance documents, the Obama Education and Justice departments told elementary and secondary schools and college campuses to use “the compelling interests” established by the court to achieve diversity. 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.”

The guidance was controversial at the time that it was issued, for its far-reaching interpretation of the law. Justice officials said that pages of hypothetical scenarios offered in the guidance were particularly problematic, as they clearly bent the law to specific policy preferences.

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.

8 thoughts on “Explained: Trump Rescinds Obama-Era Affirmative Action Guidance”

  1. An excellent move by President Trump. Race-based admissions should never have been made policy in the first place.

  2. What’s really ticking off the Hard Lefty Progressives and the parrots in the media is that Trump has, by this move, begun to blow up “identity politics”. We are all part of some group or other and we identify to some degree with that group and family history. And that’s fine. I am Franco-American, for example. So what? I’m proud of my heritage, but I would never dream of saying, I’m more deserving, more needy, better than another group or person based on the ancestry of my family

    But the Hard Left has, since the 1960’s used identity politics as a sledge hammer to push one person or group above another group. Men vs women. Blacks vs Caucasian. Young vs old. Good grief, we are all Americans and all should have a fair shot at whatever we want to do or be by virtue of being an American. You prepare yourself, go to school, learn how to advance yourself in your skills and abilities. You get smart. That’s how do do it. Was there unfairness in the past? You bet. But that was addressed long ago in laws and legislation. Identity politics was turned into a “you owe me” by the lefties in the hope that those who would be advanced or benefit from identity politics would eventually vote Democrat. Everybody knows it.

    One of the words I have come to loath mightily is “diversity”, the very manifestation of identity politics, because the purveyors of “diversity” want me to feel personally guilty about depriving others of success by virtue of their race or color or gender. How insulting. How about we create opportunities for the best qualified person, regardless of “identity”.

    “Diversity” in the flavor by the Left, is a way to shatter our sense of political and social coherence as citizens of this great Republic, and create throughout our society, an “us vs them” country. I reject it. Completely. Let’s all begin at the same starting line and may the most qualified person win the prize.
    There. I got that off my chest. ;+}

  3. The best schools will now be exclusively open to the kids with 4++ gpa’s. On what will be a more merit based system, the competition is now even more fierce. If the cultural work ethic of students of European descent steps up, perhaps they’ll be able to reclaim the university spots they will now lose.

  4. Build a meritocracy not a “dumbocracy”.
    Hats off to Pres for getting education back to its basics. Critical thinking, not social policy.

  5. Every tactic the Left employs, including this one, is aimed at dividing the country along class and race lines. Divide and conquer is their goal and diversity in all its forms is their primary tool. If Trump can destroy or cripple its use in university admissions, he will have done the American “idea”, “vision”, a mighty great deal of good. But — isn’t there always a ‘but’? — you can expect lower federal courts, university administrations, and education bureaucrats generally, to drag their feet, shuffle their papers, cover their asses, and sand-bag as long as they can. Getting the chop from SCOTUS may be the beginning of the end, but it will be a slow process.

  6. Making decisions based upon race is – by definition – racist.

    Good on this Administration for taking a step in the right direction.

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