The main purpose of the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is to ensure that American students do not face discrimination — a mission it fulfills both by handling actual complaints of discrimination and by issuing guidelines to help schools comply with the law. However, its two most recent guidance memos on the subject of “diversity” — one concerning elementary and secondary schools, the other regarding higher education — were designed for a different purpose entirely.
These memos, written in conjunction with the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, do not have the force of law. However, they do lay out the criteria by which the Obama administration will evaluate allegations of discrimination. They also encourage schools to discriminate on the basis of race, and to push the boundaries of Supreme Court precedent.
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