That's weird that the Trump administration is taking on the bump that children of alumni & major donors get in college admission. Oh, wait..
— Bethany Albertson (@AlbertsonB2) August 2, 2017
Another craven reversion to the original Gilded Age, when Ivy alumni like Teddy Roosevelt worried publicly that “our” (their) “best young men” were being crowded out of the finer American academies by grade-grubbing, tenement-raised offspring of immigrants. Young men who lacked the capacity to understand that the true value of the college experience was not mere credentialism, but the nuturing of the “best classical traditions” in an environment removed from the populist fads of the moment. In other words, what we now call networking in a high-value environment…
Trump administration wants to investigate colleges for discriminating against white applicants, document suggests https://t.co/w5xnB03XYF
— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 2, 2017
… The document, an internal announcement to the civil rights division, seeks current lawyers interested in working for a new project on “investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions.”
The announcement suggests that the project will be run out of the division’s front office, where the Trump administration’s political appointees work, rather than its Educational Opportunities Section, which is run by career civil servants and normally handles work involving schools and universities.
The document does not explicitly identify whom the Justice Department considers at risk of discrimination because of affirmative action admissions policies. But the phrasing it uses, “intentional race-based discrimination,” cuts to the heart of programs designed to bring more minority students to university campuses…
Roger Clegg, a former top official in the civil rights division during the Reagan administration and the first Bush administration who is now the president of the conservative Center for Equal Opportunity, called the project a “welcome” and “long overdue” development as the United States becomes increasingly multiracial…
Mr. Clegg said he would expect the project to focus on investigating complaints the civil rights division received about any university admissions programs.
He also suggested that the project would look for stark gaps in test scores and dropout rates among different racial cohorts within student bodies, which he said would be evidence suggesting that admissions offices were putting too great an emphasis on applicants’ race and crossing the line the Supreme Court has drawn…
Seeking: Aggrieved, underqualified white people willing to serve as plaintiffs https://t.co/YBi4QHWz4w
— Dave Jamieson (@jamieson) August 2, 2017
Given the semi-surreptitious release of this “document,” it may have been intended as one of the Trump mis-administration’s trial ballons; they may have wanted to see how bad the pushback is. Or it could just be intended as a sop to their “economically anxious” basket of deplorables, even if many in that group would bitterly reject any of their own kids who betrayed Heartland values by so much as applying to an institution full of soft-handed globalists and probable sexual deviants…
The notion that white folks no longer have a fair shake in America is a big part of Trump’s appeal. Hence, this. https://t.co/aADlqTUR6T
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) August 2, 2017
Speaking of (theoretically) outdated social prejudices and color-blind admission practices, Vox reminds us “As Trump takes aim at affirmative action, let’s remember how Jared Kushner got into Harvard”:
…Of course few will be surprised that Kushner’s father, Charles Kushner, a wealthy and connected developer and political donor, helped him get in. But the details of just how that happened, described in Daniel Golden’s thoroughly reported 2007 book The Price of Admission, remain remarkable to this day.
What Golden found, essentially, was that Jared’s father handed Harvard (a school he did not attend) a big pile of money just as Jared was starting to apply to colleges. Around the same time, Jared’s dad got his US senator to contact another US senator to arrange a chat with Harvard’s dean of admissions.
Happily for the Kushner family, Jared was then admitted. But several officials at Jared’s high school outright told Golden that they found the choice puzzling, since his grades and academic record really didn’t seem to merit it…
Black, white, or brown — the one color admissions officers can always identify is green.
This group of current WH interns pretty much sums up the urgency of ending discrimination against white achievers. pic.twitter.com/zeSp1s9rKh
— stuart stevens (@stuartpstevens) August 2, 2017
(Remember, such internships usually aren’t paid positions. So these are overwhelmingly people who not only don’t need paid employment, they have enough disposable income to live in one of the nation’s more expensive cities while they accrue invaluable “experience” for their resumes. Because it’s not racism if it’s just that only some people can afford it… )