Harvard is being sued for allegedly discriminating against Asians.
The proceedings against this famous Ivy League institution first began four years ago but have finally reached a US District Judge in Boston, from where many legal observers predict it’ll ultimately reach the Supreme Court. The basis for this lawsuit is that the college supposedly scores Asian applicants lower on so-called “personal ratings” that in turn diminish their prospects for admission and have subsequently led to them being unfairly denied the opportunity to enter the school despite having met the merit-based academic criteria for doing so. The core of this case comes down to the concept of “affirmative action”, also known as “positive discrimination”, which was supposed to balance out most of America’s public institutions through race-based admissions standards that were theoretically intended to counteract decades of racist discriminatory practices.
Unfortunately, “affirmative action” has since become one of the most controversial policies in modern times because of the claims that it negatively discriminates against people who would otherwise deserve whatever their desired position may be by virtue of their more competitive credentials in favor of handing this role to someone else solely because of their race even if they’re not suitable for it. The identity politics and so-called “political correctness” that took over the US after the end of the Old Cold War led to the full-on application of this policy in almost every sphere legally imaginable, though up until recently people were pressured to “self-censor” their criticism of it or risk being tarred and feathered as a “racist, “fascist”, and/or “white supremacist” if they dared to even hint that “affirmative action” was giving the country’s Caucasian majority the proverbial short end of the stick when compared to African-Americans.
That’s partly why the Harvard case is so intriguing because the claims being made against the university are that it was discriminating against one minority in order to benefit another, in this case systematically working against Asians to the advantage of African-Americans. It remains to be seen whether this was truly the case or not, but it wouldn’t be unimaginable if the liberals in charge of that college subjectively made the determination that what they believed were possibly underprivileged and low-performing African-Americans deserved seats at Harvard more than well-off and excellent-performing Asian students, so they discriminated against the latter category by ranking them lower on so-called “personal ratings” in order to tip the former’s prospects to their favor despite possibly not having met the competitive merit-based academic criteria for admission.
This trial is also extra significant because it could lead to the reform of “affirmative action” should the now-conservative-majority on the Supreme Court rule against Harvard if this case reaches their level.
The post presented is the partial transcript of the CONTEXT COUNTDOWN radio program on Sputnik News, aired on Friday Oct 19, 2018:
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