Most Americans with a basic sense of awareness were concerned that with Trump in the White House, an alt-right Nazi as his senior adviser, and an acknowledged bigot as his attorney general, attacks on Americans’ civil rights were never going to be addressed. Of course that concern was well-founded as the Department of Justice’s civil rights division has gone fully alt-religious right and gave voting rights, LGBTQ rights, and police reforms nothing but animus according to Jeff Sessions’ worldview with Trump’s blessings.
Believe it or not, there was news yesterday that at first blush gave the appearance that the white supremacist running the DOJ was going to attend to civil rights and discrimination as he should be doing as a matter of course. It is true that the Trump DOJ is going to devote significant resources towards investigating civil rights violations involving discrimination, but the Sessions DOJ isn’t concerned about bias against people of color, women, gays, or the non-religious. The Trump-Sessions DOJ is hewing closely to the demands of the alt-right white supremacists and will target discrimination against whites. The racist effort will identify, investigate and start filing federal lawsuits against American colleges and universities for discriminating against white people.
According to an internal document obtained by the New York Times, the DOJ’s civil rights division is seeking “current lawyers interested in working for a ‘new project’” that will be run by Trump’s political appointees instead of the Education Opportunities Section.
Sessions doesn’t want career civil servants with expertise in “racial discrimination” in schools and universities involved because they will not focus on how badly the equal opportunities laws are “intentionally discriminating against white people.” Keeping the “new project” away from the DOJ’s civil rights division and directly under Sessions’ watchful eye will assure Trump’s alt-right acolytes that his campaign pledge to “make America white again” reaches fruition.
In case anyone wonders whether or not the Trump DOJ is really going to pursue so-called discrimination against the poor beleaguered white race, a former Reagan and first Bush administration official, Roger Clegg, hailed the “new project” as “welcomed and long overdue.” Clegg is the current president of the conservative (read white) Center for Equal Opportunity and he claims since the United States is becoming “increasingly multiracial,” its obvious that only whites are being discriminated against. Clegg said:
“The civil rights laws were deliberately written to protect everyone from discrimination, and it is frequently the case that only whites are discriminated against now.”
The president of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Kristen Clarke, criticized the Department of Justice’s attack on affirmative action she said is “misaligned with the division’s longstanding priorities.” She reminded Americans that the civil rights division was only “created and launched to deal with the unique problem of discrimination faced by our nation’s most oppressed minority groups, by performing work that often no one else has the resources or expertise to do.” Ms. Clarke continued:
“This is deeply disturbing. It would be a dog whistle that could invite a lot of chaos and unnecessarily create hysteria among colleges and universities who may fear that the government may come down on them for their efforts to maintain diversity on their campuses.”
Of course it is disturbing and of course it is a dog whistle for racists and white supremacist groups – that is the Trump administration’s purpose.
It is also intended to intimidate colleges and universities because there is no doubt with Trump in the White House and racist Sessions running the DOJ, the alt-right sycophants will use the full weight and power of the federal government to end diversity on college campuses with a long term goal of ending diversity everywhere.
Interestingly, the Supreme Court just ruled last year on an “affirmative action” admissions policy case involving the University of Texas at Austin and upheld the institution’s “race-conscious program.” Undeterred, racist groups have several other lawsuits in the works claiming discrimination against whites at “high profile” institutions such as Harvard University and the University of North Carolina. Those lawsuits are going forward despite that last year’s Supreme Court ruling upheld the constitutionality of affirmative action.
The current president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and former head of the civil rights division during the Obama Administration’s second term, Vanita Gupta, said that it is a bad sign that this federal government attack on affirmative action is going to be run “directly by Trump’s political appointees.” Ms. Gupta said:
“The fact that the position is in the political front office, and not in the career section that enforces anti-discrimination laws for education, suggests that this person will be carrying out an agenda aimed at undermining diversity in higher education without needing to say it.”
Of course no-one has to say this is a blatant attack on diversity in higher education or anywhere else in the nation. There is an acclaimed anti-civil and equal rights crusader running the Justice Department, and a white supremacist alt-right administration running the executive branch of the government; both have made no secret of their intent to attack racial or cultural diversity under the guise of “ending political correctness.”
Any idiot American who didn’t believe that the Trump administration is racist should have a clue they were indeed idiots. All Americans should understand that the Department of Justice under an anti-civil rights fanatic like Sessions will put a quick end to any and every law, regulation or Constitutional amendment guaranteeing equal rights for all Americans.
If there was any doubt that America is being run by rabid white supremacists whether they call themselves the alt-right, religious right, neo-Nazis or white power advocates, this latest atrocity should dispel those doubts immediately.