Progressives have declared that the anti-white sentiment permeating our society isn’t racism. Well before Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president, terms like “white privilege” and “cultural appropriation” were making the rounds. Many could and have argued that white individuals, whether male or female, are quickly becoming the most discriminated against group in America.
But, if the term racist doesn’t apply to everyone who judges another based on skin color, how can it apply to anyone?
The answer is, it can’t. That is likely the point President Trump is trying to make with his new initiative that aims to address anti-white racism in American colleges and universities. The Trump administration is redirecting resources to the Justice Department’s civil rights division to investigate and prosecute affirmative action policies deemed discriminatory against white applicants.
Surely liberals will tout that this project is just another attempt to impose “white nationalist” policies on the country. However, that would be nothing more than hyperbole at best. The Supreme Court has previously ruled that college admissions cannot use racial quotas or racial point systems as part of their admissions criteria.
While documents about the president’s project did not clearly denote any particular race regarding the anti-discrimination crackdown, experts believe his objective is clear. There have been several cases in which not only white students but Asian students as well, were denied college admission in favor of black and Latino students with lower test scores.
“The civil rights laws were deliberately written to protect everyone from discrimination, and it is frequently the case that not only are whites discriminated against now but frequently Asian-Americans are as well,” explained Roger Clegg, who served in the Justice Departments of both Ronald Reagan and George Bush.
Given that we now live in a time where opportunities are readily available to anyone who seeks them, why is there still a need for affirmative action policies? If our country is truly intent on pursuing a racism-free society, then everyone must be treated equally. A good way to achieve that is to stop handing out participation trophies for skin color.