Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions may be in a public fight over Russia and Clinton, but they are agreed on one thing for sure.
They want to preserve the affirmative action programs that get rich white boys into colleges and universities even when those rich white boys are clearly underperformers.
Like Jared Kushner.
Apparently Kushner can’t even write his own press release without his father-in-law’s help.
A November, 2016 article in ProPublica documents how Kushner and other rich white boys get into Harvard without meeting even the most basic requirements, rich and white being quite enough thank you very much.
“There was no way anybody in the administrative office of the school thought he would on the merits get into Harvard,” a former official at The Frisch School in Paramus, New Jersey, told me. “His GPA did not warrant it, his SAT scores did not warrant it. We thought for sure, there was no way this was going to happen. Then, lo and behold, Jared was accepted. It was a little bit disappointing because there were at the time other kids we thought should really get in on the merits, and they did not.”
To preserve this rich white boy affirmative action program, Jeff Session’s Department of Education has set up a special office to go after genuine affirmative action programs that help students who are poor and students of color get a university opportunity.
The Trump administration is preparing to redirect resources of the Justice Department’s civil rights division toward investigating and suing universities over affirmative action admissions policies deemed to discriminate against white applicants, according to a document obtained by The New York Times.
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.
Supporters and critics of the project said it was clearly targeting admissions programs that can give members of generally disadvantaged groups, like black and Latino students, an edge over other applicants with comparable or higher test scores.
Trump and Sessions believe a program like that should only be available to rich white boys like Jared Kushner.