A two-year investigation by the Justice Department found that Asian and White applicants have only one-tenth to one-fourth the chance of being admitted to Yale University as Black applicants with comparable academic credentials (“Yale Accused by Justice Department of Discriminating Against Asian American and White Applicants,” Time, Aug. 14). Although Yale denies claims of discrimination, the evidence to the contrary is clear.
As a private institution, Yale can admit whomever it wants. But it can’t have it both ways. Since it accepts millions of taxpayer dollars each year, Yale has to comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. Although the Supreme Court has ruled that universities can consider race as one factor in admissions, what Yale has done goes way beyond that.
The Supreme Court needs to finally clarify the issue. Reverse discrimination is as unacceptable as traditional discrimination.
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