Roger Clegg is president and general counsel of the Center for Equal Opportunity. He focuses on legal issues arising from civil rights laws including the regulatory impact on business and the problems in higher education created by affirmative action. A former deputy assistant attorney general in the Reagan and Bush administrations, Clegg held the second highest positions in both the Civil Rights Division (1987-91) and in the Environment and Natural Resources Division (1991-93). He has held several other positions at the U.S. Justice Department, including assistant to the solicitor general (1985-87), associate deputy attorney general (1984-85), and acting assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Policy (1984). Clegg is a graduate of Yale University Law School.
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Clegg and Cherminsky debate the Supreme Court Case Fisher v. University Texas.
It is simply untenable for the government to classify and sort people on the basis of skin color and national origin, and to treat its citizens differently some better, some worse depending on which silly little box is checked.
Heres the basic question in Fisher: Just what is it that we expect African-American and Latino students to say to white and Asian-American students that will provide the latter with such compelling "educational benefits" that racial discrimination by the government is justified to make it more likely that these conversations take place?
How the Supreme Court should apply strict scrutiny to the use of racial and ethnic preferences in university admissions.
Selective colleges and universities turn away highly qualified Asian students so they can have more diversity.
Unfortunately, numerous federal and state government programs as well as colleges and universities continue to award grants and contracts, make hiring decisions for public employment, and grant school admissions on a discriminatory basis, favoring certain races and genders and disfavoring others.
Racial and ethnic admission preferences will probably have to be pried from the cold, dead fingers of university officials, but the pressure to end this affirmative discrimination continues.