The latest stunt

8/4/2017, 9:53 a.m.

We are living in dangerous times.

The bigots in the White House have launched a federal Justice Department study of anti-white bias in college admissions.

The New York Times reported Tuesday that the Trump administration plans to redirect the civil rights division’s efforts toward investigating and suing universities over admission policies believed to discriminate against white people.


Please tell us when white Americans became a marginalized group in this country. To direct staff and resources to help those who believe their white privilege is being encroached upon makes a mockery of the Civil Rights Act that protects individuals and groups of people who have suffered discrimination based on race, religion, gender, national origin and sexual orientation.

When did discrimination against white people become a pressing civil rights issue?

The answer clearly is when Donald Trump, a racist, misogynistic, xenophobic homophobe took office with support from people who feel the same way.

This latest ploy by his Justice Department, under the shaky “leadership” of U.S. Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions of Alabama, is aimed at re-igniting his supporters with the message that white people in America have been dealt a serious blow in recent years by the incursion of people of color and immigrants into their sacred spaces like universities and the workplace.

Surely, this also is aimed at deflecting attention from Russiagate and the involvement of the Kremlin in our 2016 presidential election and Vladimir Putin’s continuing influence over President Trump and his administration. 

We believe this smacks of the odious handiwork of Steve Bannon, the darling of the alt-right and President Trump’s chief strategist, who embarrassingly is from Richmond and may be leading the charge on this fake claim that white students may have been discriminated against in college admissions.

Consider the facts: 

According to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, the percentage of white students enrolled in U.S. degree-granting institutions in fall 2014 was much higher than any other racial group. The figures show that 58.3 percent of students attending colleges and universities that year were white Americans, while 14.5 percent were African-American, 16.5 percent were Hispanic, 6.3 percent were Asian, 0.8 percent were American Indian/Alaska Natives, 0.3 percent were Pacific Islanders and 3.3 percent claimed two or more races. 

While the number of white students in universities has decreased from 2000, when 70.8 percent of students enrolled were white compared with 29.2 percent for all other racial groups combined, experts attribute the change to the increase in the U.S. population of people of color and in programs that help increase access to and affordability of higher education.

Still, studies have found that African-Americans and Latinos lose ground at every step of the educational process. They are less likely to finish high school, less likely to attend college and, once in college, less likely to graduate than their white counterparts.

U.S. Census data show that in 2013, only about 20 percent of African-Americans between the ages of 25 and 29 had college degrees compared with 40 percent of white people, 58 percent of Asians and 15 percent of Latinos.