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Trump Going after Race Guidelines in College Admissions

Harvard-Radcliffe Asian American AssociationGuidelines issued by the Obama administration designed to encourage the use of race in college admission are being rescinded by the Trump White House, reports the NY Post.

The Wall Street Journal was the first to report this latest attack on affirmative action. The removal of the guidelines is happening at the same time the Justice Department is investigating whether Harvard is discriminating against Asian Americans applicants.

The Trump administration believes the guidelines go beyond what the Supreme Court has allowed, according to Reuters.

“The law on this hasn’t changed, and the Supreme Court has twice ruled reaffirming the importance of diversity,” Anurima Bhargava, the head of civil rights enforcement at the Justice Department under the Obama administration, told the Wall Street Journal.  “This is a purely political attack that benefits nobody.”

Trump officials believe those guidelines “mislead schools to believe that legal forms of affirmative action are simpler to achieve than the law allows.”

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