Biden DOJ Drops Race-Based Discrimination Case Against Yale Brought by Trump Administration
Biden’s DOJ notified a federal judge on Wednesday that it is dropping a race-based discrimination lawsuit against Yale University.
Trump’s Department of Justice opened an investigation into Yale in 2018 in response to a complaint alleging Yale discriminates against Asians in its admission process.
Last summer, a Justice Department investigation found that Yale University illegally discriminates against Asian Americans and White Americans in undergraduate admissions in violation of civil-rights law.
“Yale grants substantial, and often determinative, preferences based on race to certain racially-favored applicants and relatively and significantly disfavors other applicants because of their race,” a letter from the Justice Department said after a 2-year investigation.
“Yale’s race discrimination imposes undue and unlawful penalties on racially-disfavored applicants, including in particular Asian American and White applicants.”
“For example, the likelihood of admission for Asian American and White applicants who have similar academic credentials is significantly lower than for African American and Hispanic applicants to Yale College. For the great majority of applicants, Asian American and White applicants have only one-tenth to one-fourth of the likelihood of admission as African American applicants with comparable academic credentials.”
The Justice Department went on to say that since Yale receives federal funding, it is subject to Title VI’s anti-discrimination mandate.
“There is no such thing as a nice form of race discrimination,” Assistant Attorney General Civil Rights Division Eric Dreiband said in the statement.
“Unlawfully dividing Americans into racial and ethnic blocs fosters stereotypes, bitterness, and division. It is past time for American institutions to recognize that all people should be treated with decency and respect and without unlawful regard to the color of their skin.”
Yale celebrated the dismissal of the high-profile case and bragged about its systemic racism in a statement.
“Our admissions process has allowed Yale College to assemble an unparalleled student body, which is distinguished by its academic excellence and diversity. Yale has steadfastly maintained that its process complies fully with Supreme Court precedent, and we are confident that the Justice Department will agree,” it said in a written statement.
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