Harvard seems to have become less inclusive in its quest to become more inclusive.
The Department of Justice on Tuesday filed an amicus brief in support of an organization suing Harvard and alleging their raced-based admissions process violates federal civil rights law and Supreme Court precedent.
The DOJ released a statement announcing its amicus brief, saying Harvard accepts federal money and must adhere to civil rights laws.
“Race discrimination hurts people and is never benign,” said Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband for the Civil Rights Division. “Unconstitutionally partitioning Americans into racial and ethnic blocs harms all involved by fostering stereotypes, bitterness, and division among the American people. The Department of Justice will continue to fight against illegal race discrimination.”
At issue is the accusation from Students for Fair Admissions, an education organization representing students and parents, that Harvard discriminates against Asian-American applicants during the application process. SFA has sued Harvard, and a district judge has denied Harvard’s attempts to get the lawsuit dismissed.