More than 60 Asian American organizations filed a complaint (see below) with the federal government on Friday alleging that Harvard University discriminates against Asian Americans in the admissions process and calling for an investigation.Our colleges and universities, at least those who get taxpayer money, should focus on academics, and if I as a taxpayer have to pay for the education of others because somehow it's a public good that I do so, I should at least have the satisfaction of knowing that I'm paying for the best and brightest, those at the top end of the academic performance spectrum.
The Harvard Crimson, a student newspaper on campus, wrote in this story that 64 groups filed the complaint with the U.S. Education and Justice departments, arguing that the university makes an “unlawful use of race” in its decisions that hurts Asian Americans...
This is the second complaint against Harvard admissions practices on behalf of Asian Americans in a month. A legal defense group called Project on Fair Representation filed a lawsuit against Harvard about a month ago on behalf of a group called Students for Fair Admissions. It accuses Harvard of “employing racially and ethnically discriminatory policies” in its admissions practices. You can read that suit here.
And if that means that our colleges and universities are overwhelmingly Asian, so be it. Why we're still looking at skin color and eye shape in 2015 is a mystery to me. Chief Justice Roberts said it best when he said in the Parents Involved case, "The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race."