AFFIRMATIVE ACTION LAWSUITS ARE OUT OF TOUCH
BY JERRY Z. PARK AND JOSHUA TOM
A Virginia-based legal defense fund led by Edward Blum is pushing a lawsuit alleging that Harvard and North Carolina’s flagship schools’ admissions practices are biased against “high-achieving white and Asian American students.” If successful, affirmative action policies across the board will be deemed illegal.
Asian Americans, as racial minorities, become an important group in these legal maneuvers; presumably the ones bringing this case forward cannot be viewed as racist because they are advocating for a racial minority. In a similar vein, in early 2014 California lobbyists, most of whom were Asian American, worked hard to mobilize legislators to turn down SCA-5, a measure which would have restored race as a consideration in college admissions.