Anti-Affirmative Action Group Welcomes DOJ’s Plan to Investigate Harvard

News that the U.S. Department of Justice is considering a civil-rights investigation into the admissions processes of Harvard and other Ivy League colleges for alleged discrimination against Asian American students is getting different reactions from different Asian American organizations.

The New Jersey-based Asian American Coalition for Education said Aug. 4 that it is pleased by the news, calling it “a direct and very positive response to the complaint AACE filed in 2015, representing 64 Asian American organizations nationwide.

“In our complaint, we have compiled overwhelming evidence that Harvard and other Ivy League colleges have been using de facto racial quotas, racial stereotypes and higher admissions standards to discriminate against Asian American applicants. After adjusting for extracurricular activities and other factors, Asian Americans have to score on average 140 points higher than a white student, 270 points higher than a Hispanic student and 450 points higher than a black student on the SAT, in order to get into America’s top universities.

“These discrimination are a clear violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, as well as relevant U.S. Supreme Court rulings. It is one of the biggest civil rights issues that Asian Americans are facing today.

“Since 2006, in the face of such severe discrimination, many Asian American students and organizations have filed complaints with the Department of Education and the Department of Justice. However, over the last ten years, the prior administrations have not conducted objective investigation into these complaints. Today, we are very encouraged that the Trump Administration will start looking into this issue, providing Asian American students with equal protection under the laws.”

AACE President Yukong Zhao said, “It is long overdue to the Asian American community, who follows the laws, works hard and has been making tremendous contribution to American economic prosperity and technology leadership in the world. We expect that the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education will take concrete actions to help restore the spirit of American Dream: reward individual efforts and merits, and treat all individuals equally.

“The purpose of our complaint is to eliminate all unlawful discrimination against our children. We believe the fundamental way to achieve diversity is to reduce achievement gap in K-12 education, not through illegal racial balancing during college admissions. We would also support a socioeconomic status-based policy if it effectively helps low-income families.”

Co-complainants in the 2015 action include 80-20 Initiative-Washington, D.C. Area Chapter, Anhui Association of Texas, Beijing Institute of Technology Alumni Association of Silicon Valley, Chinese School of Tomorrow (Orlando, Fla.), Global Organization of People of Indian Origin-Los Angeles Chapter, Henan Association of Northern California, Houston Chinese Alliance, Huazhong University of Science and Technology Alumni Association of Southern California, Korean Parents Organization of Millburn and Short Hills (New Jersey), Overseas Chinese Association of Miami, San Diego Asian Americans for Equality, Texas Guangdong Association, and United Chinese Association of Utah.