Tuesday Donal Trump is withdrawing “Obama-era” policies which opted for consideration of race in college admissions.
The guidelines set forth by Obama in 2011 and 2016 encouraged colleges to promote diversity through the consideration of race of applicants. This was implemented in lieu of several Supreme Court cases regarding affirmative action.
Trump’s administration claims that this rule has worked against some minority groups like Asians. Lawyers are currently investigating a case from 2015 in which Harvard University allegedly discriminated against Asians in its admissions procedure.
This motion by the Trump administration once again highlights the controversy over affirmative action policies in America. The Supreme Court finds the Obama-era affirmative action policies constitutional as long as it doesn’t heavily impact white students and the emphasis on race during the admission process is restricted.