China News Service, Boston, October 15th Local time on October 15th, the highly regarded lawsuit of Harvard University suspected of discriminating against Asians was heard in the Federal District Court of Boston. The court will review whether Harvard discriminates against Asian groups in enrollment, and the trial is expected to take three weeks.
According to media reports, Harvard's admissions discrimination case originated in 2014 and was initiated by a non-profit organization called Students for Fair Admissions. At the time, the organization filed a lawsuit against Harvard University for some Asian American members' applications being rejected, citing a preference for white, African, and Latino students to discriminate against Asians in the system. Harvard University firmly denied the allegation, saying that the school has the right to use ethnicity as one of the evaluation indicators at the time of enrollment to achieve ethnic diversity, which is legal and fair.
The New York Times said that during the trial, several Harvard executives will appear as witnesses, including former principal Drew Foster, undergraduate dean Rakesh Kunana and others. It is expected that the first person to testify in court will be William Fitzsimmons, director of the Harvard University Admissions Office, who has been responsible for Harvard's enrollment for more than 30 years. According to the Wall Street Journal, the operator of the Fair Admissions Organization is called Edward Bloom, a conservative legal person. In addition to the Harvard lawsuit, he also supported several lawsuits against the North Carolina University for affirmative action.
The Affirmative action began in the 1960s with the main focus on education, employment, and other groups that have historically been discriminated against by ethnic minorities, Native Americans, and women. In the field of education, the Affirmative Action Act has led many schools to adopt racial quotas in the enrollment process, which is to enroll students of different ethnicities on a pro rata basis. However, because Asian American students generally have good grades, they suffer losses in the admission process. Many Asians believe they are subject to reverse discrimination in the Affirmative Action Act.
Harvard University's adoption of racial quotas has received much attention. Some media analysts believe that in view of the firm attitude of both parties in this case, the case may eventually appeal to the US Supreme Court. If this is the case, then the case will have a historic impact on the implementation of the Affirmative Action Act.
In July this year, the US government withdrew the guiding policy for enrollment affirmative action issued by former President Barack Obama in order to promote campus racial diversity, which caused widespread public concern.