A U.S. Supreme Court decision earlier this year proved a win for those who believe that college admission should be based on merit, not skin color. In a 7-1 ruling, justices ruled that universities must make sure “no workable race-neutral alternatives would produce the educational benefits of diversity” before they issue acceptance letters to minorities for the sake of heterogeneity.
In typical fiat fashion, the Obama administration recently sent a letter to schools across the nation effectively telling them to ignore that ruling, even offering assistance in subverting it.
According to the letter’s authors, diversity is important because it helps “prepare students to succeed in our increasingly diverse nation.”
While focusing only on the fact that justices saw the benefit of diverse college environments, the directive further encouraged schools to maintain the same admissions policies they had in place prior to the court decision.
Jocelyn Samuels of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division explained that colleges could run afoul of the ruling by doing so, noting that her agency is dedicated to making sure they find any applicable loopholes.
“I would hope that colleges and universities would undertake these programs in carefully structured ways that would avoid legal challenge,” she noted, “and we certainly are available to help them do that.”
This administration has a documented history of flouting the law when it is politically expedient; and the instructions included in this recent letter perfectly illustrate that tendency. Furthermore, the Justice Department is perpetuating a failed ideological holdover from generations past: the notion that diversity for diversity’s sake is a good thing.
Placing more emphasis on pigmentation than qualification is not only an injustice to the students who rightfully deserved a spot; it does a real disservice to those artificially propped up because of their race. Through affirmative action, minorities learn that they cannot achieve anything without government intervention. At the same time, such policies can stoke the already simmering embers of racial hostility in America.
It is amazing to behold the dichotomous lens through which the left views Supreme Court decisions. Still touting a 40-year-old ruling as license to slaughter millions of unborn humans, modern progressives consider Roe V. Wade a holy sacrament. When the same court issues a decision about which they disagree, as with affirmative action or gun rights, the decree is seen as merely an obstacle to overcome.
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