Michael Wang, who had a perfect score on the ACT and successfully passed more than a dozen advanced placement courses during high school, suspected an issue of racial discrimination after he could not get into six out of the seven Ivy League schools to which he applied for college. According to a recent Business Insider report, Wang suspects his Asian-American background is the issue. His suspicion was so strong that he filed a complaint with the United States Department of Education alleging discrimination from Princeton, Yale, Stanford and Harvard.
Wang is not alone in his contention. In fact, a coalition of more than 60 Asian-American student groups filed suit against Harvard recently alleging racial quotas used by it and other Ivy Leagues are discriminatory and constitute unfair admission practices. The Students for Fair Admissions (SFA), a group that advocates for fairness in college admissions processes, reports that discrimination against Asian Americans is hardly news. Even though the number of Asian American applicants has nearly tripled in the past 20 years, SFA alleges fewer Asian American students were admitted into Harvard in 2012 than in 1992.
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Racial Discrimination in Education
Federal law, specifically Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), protects individuals from discrimination based on race, color, or national origin in regards to programming or activities that receive financial assistance from the federal government. Generally, all public school districts are covered under this law as well as public and private universities who receive federal assistance. If a college or university does not receive federal money, Title VI does not apply.
Under the law, if a recipient of federal financial assistance is found to have discriminated, and will not voluntarily comply with Title, VI the government agency that provides the funding may either (1) initiate fund termination proceedings or (2) refer the matter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) so that it may take appropriate legal action.
An individual who believes he or she has been the victim of educational racial discrimination may file an administrative complaint with the agency that provides funds (i.e., the Department of Education). Alternatively, a victim of education racial discrimination may file a suit in the appropriate federal court. Title VI prohibits intentional discrimination as well as the implementation of practices or policies that result in discrimination based on race, color or national origin.
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