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U.S. Justice set to fight affirmative action: NY Times

Wednesday, August 02, 2017 - 01:02

The New York Times reports the U.S. Justice Department is planning to investigate policies found to discriminate against white college applicants. Ryan Brooks reports.

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Reports of a White House crusade against discrimination aimed at white students applying for college. The New York Times on Tuesday (August 1) citing a Justice Department memo saying the Trump administration wants to redirect lawyers from the DOJ's civil rights division, and have them investigate, possibly even sue, universities with affirmative action policies that make it harder for white applicants to get in. The Supreme Court has ruled that colleges can use affirmative action designed to give minority applicants an edge. Although it's rejected blunt racial quotas. But critics say that in some cases the policies go too far in discriminating against white and Asian-American students. The Times calls it the latest sign the Justice Department may be leaning in a more conservative direction Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The paper also says the probe will likely be run out of the civil rights division's front office, which is staffed with Trump political appointees.

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U.S. Justice set to fight affirmative action: NY Times

Wednesday, August 02, 2017 - 01:02