President Trump continues to dismantle the so-called legacy of his predecessor, Barack Obama. The latest installment is affirmative action.
While announcing his intention to investigate a new strategy, the president cited countless studies that repeatedly show such programs do more harm than good. The interesting part of the dissertation by Trump was how such programs tend to harm others such as white and Asian students.
Affirmative action programs pre-date Barack Obama by decades. But it was under the Obama administration that the program intensified. The Department of Justice years ago issued what was termed “Voluntary use of Race Achievement Diversity in Post-secondary Education.” That dictum enabled universities to directly consider race in the interest of achieving diversity. It appears they will be re-visiting that situation soon.
It has been long argued that such a ruling creates what can be termed an academic mismatch. In plain language, it is a hindrance to the best and the brightest which is bad for everyone in the long run. It lowers graduation rates and generally creates an overall morale problem in academia. That was the findings as far back as 2002 by Thomas Sowell.
The proof is in the SAT scores that show a wide variance between white and Asian students as opposed to African-Americans and Hispanics. The average decline with the latter groups can vary from 270-450 points.
It is only one of multiple sources that tell the same story. Affirmative action is literally the dumbing down of America. Essentially it is intentional race-based discrimination on college campuses. More than any other race it affects the Asian population that regularly score the highest SAT test results.
The Trump administration is moving to encourage race-neutral methods. If they are not successful in this endeavor, a multitude of lawsuits filed primarily by whites and Asians may do it for them. While the original idea of affirmative action was based on good intentions, it has become regulations that promote another form of racism.
It hasn’t been since 1978 that the Supreme Court addressed affirmative action. Although their ruling at the time dictated that race could not be the sole factor in the admission process, it is now construed by many to have crossed over constitutional grounds.
It is a deeply emotional issue for all concerned. The end result may very well come from the nine justices of the nation’s highest court.
Dwight L. Schwab, Jr. is an award-winning national political and foreign affairs columnist and published author. He has spent over 35 years in the publishing industry. His long-running articles include many years at Examiner.com and currently Newsblaze.com. Dwight is an author of two highly acclaimed books, "Redistribution of Common Sense - Selected Commentaries on the Obama Administration 2009-2014" and "The Game Changer - America's Most Stunning Election in History." He is a native of Portland, Oregon, a journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, and a resident of the SF Bay Area. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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