查看: 46|回复: 0










Rank: 8Rank: 8

发表于 2018-9-8 17:33:00 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
  The Justice Department lent its support Thursday to students who are suing
Harvard University over affirmative action policies that they claim discriminate
against Asian-American applicants, in a case that could have far-reaching
consequences for the use of affirmative action in college admissions.
          In a statement of interest, the department supported the claims of the
plaintiffs, a group of Asian-Americans rejected by Harvard. They contend that
Harvard has systematically discriminated against them by artificially capping
the number of qualified Asian-Americans from attending the school to advance
less-qualified students of other races.
          “Harvard has failed to carry its demanding burden to show that its use of
race does not inflict unlawful racial discrimination on Asian-Americans,” the
Justice Department said in its filing.
          The filing said that Harvard “uses a vague ‘personal rating’ that harms
Asian-American applicants’ chances for admission and may be infected with racial
bias; engages in unlawful racial balancing; and has never seriously considered
race-neutral alternatives in its more than 45 years of using race to make
admissions decisions.”
          The Justice Department has increasingly used such statements of interest to
intervene in civil rights cases. Before 2006, such statements appeared only
seven times in civil rights-oriented disputes, according to a recent paper by
law school student Victor Zapana. From 2006 to 2011, they were drafted in at
least 242, almost all by the Obama administration on issues such as videotaping
police brutality and ensuring that blind people and their service dogs have
access to Uber.
          But the Trump administration is turning the same tool against affirmative
action in college admissions, a major — and highly contentious — legacy of the
civil rights era, and one that white conservatives have opposed for decades. In
the past few years, the anti-affirmative action cause has been joined by
Asian-Americans who argue that they are being held to a higher standard, losing
out on coveted slots at places like Harvard as African-Americans, Latinos and
other groups get a boost.
          A handful of states ban public universities from relying on affirmative
action, pushing several toward a model that takes socioeconomic factors into
account instead of race. Public universities in California and Washington have
tried to engineer class-based diversity in their student bodies, believing that
giving a lift to lower-income students will end up bringing in more minority
students as well.
          But these methods have not produced classes with an ethnic makeup that
mirrors that of the states where they have been used, and many selective private
universities continue to admit students partly on the basis of race — though,
until Harvard was forced to detail its internal admissions policies recently,
few could say how elite universities actually weighed applicants’ race.
          Now, universities that factor race into admissions have found a powerful
new opponent in the Trump administration, which argued in its filing Thursday
that the court should deny Harvard’s request to dismiss the case before
          The government said Supreme Court rulings require universities considering
race in admissions meet several standards. They must define their
diversity-related goals and show that they cannot meet those goals without using
race as a factor in admissions decisions.

使用道具 举报

您需要登录后才可以回帖 登录 | 立即注册


小黑屋|手机版|Archiver|新都网 ( 京ICP备09058993号 )

GMT+8, 2019-3-19 06:13 , Processed in 0.133213 second(s), 7 queries , WinCache On.

Powered by Discuz! X3.4

© 2001-2017 Comsenz Inc.

快速回复 返回顶部 返回列表