The medical school at Texas Tech University will stop considering race or ethnicity in deciding whether to admit applicants, as part of an agreement with the Education Department’s civil rights office:
The president of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center signed the agreement in February, 14 years after the department began investigating a complaint filed by an anti-affirmative action group. The agreement is the first of its kind for the Education Department under Secretary Betsy DeVos, and comes as the Trump administration continues its hard turn against the use of race in admissions.
Roger Clegg, general counsel for the Center for Equal Opportunity, which filed the original complaint, said on Tuesday that the agreement could pave the way for similar actions at other schools.
“It shows that the Trump administration is serious about enforcing the civil rights laws in a way that protects the rights of all Americans to be free from discrimination,” Mr. Clegg said. “The more schools that stop using racial preferences, the harder it will be for other schools to continue using racial preferences.”
Affirmative action programs are under renewed scrutiny in courts and by federal authorities. Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are both facing court challenges to their admissions procedures that could reach the Supreme Court. The Trump administration is investigating allegations of discrimination against Asian-American applicants at Harvard and Yale.
The administration has made clear its position on the use of race in admissions, abandoning Obama-era policies that argued for the “compelling interests” of diversity to college campuses and encouraging race-neutral admissions methods.
Jin Hee Lee, senior deputy director of litigation at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc., said the Texas Tech agreement was part of a broader pattern of chipping away at affirmative action.
“In the larger context of this administration’s civil rights record, it’s clear that this is yet another attack on education equity,” Ms. Lee said. “We will continue to take steps to protect efforts aimed at improving education equity throughout the country.”
As one recent Black activist claimed, a meritocracy is “racist”, and if Blacks are forced to compete with Whites and all the other races on a level playing field, they are certainly going to see the number of medical school admissions plummet. All studies agree that Blacks have the highest drop out rate of any race, well over 70% never finish. And the Blacks that do finish, do so with the help of private tutors and special “accommodations” to make things a little easier on them.
But thanks to the inherent hypocrisy of affirmative action, it is legally unsustainable, as a school cannot allow unqualified Blacks without discriminating against qualified applicants from other races. Surprisingly, Blacks are not ashamed to be admitted to schools just because they are Black. Nor are they ashamed about their high drop out rate. What bothers them is when having Black skin no longer qualifies them for anything. The end of Black privilege.