Petition to Enforce Rulings on Affirmative Action

Although his election represents an unprecedented window for change, President Trump himself will address none of our grievances – not with a ten-foot pole – unless we compel him to do so. That said, the petition below is intended to open up an important conversation about the war on ‘white racism’ – one that is as tangible and within-reach as it is of potential game-changing significance. Its principal demand is that the Trump presidency establish a federal commission to enforce Supreme Court rulings on affirmative action – rulings which place limitations on the use of ‘diversity’ as justification for racial preferences.

The petition will ultimately be sent to:

  • President Donald Trump
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions
  • The Office of the Deputy Attorney General
  • The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice
  • Senior Counselor Steve Bannon
  • Counselor Kellyanne Conway
  • Senior Advisor Jared Kushner
  • Secretary of the Department of Education Betsy DeVos
  • The United States Domestic Policy Council
  • The White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs

If you prefer to not hesitate in signing the petition, please visit its Change.org page.

Without further adieu, the full text:

Trump! Establish a Federal Commission to Enforce SCOTUS Rulings on Affirmative Action!

Once upon a time, racial quotas were implemented in employment and education as a temporary means of overcoming structures of explicit institutional discrimination that effectively barred African-Americans from participating in higher education. Fifty years of ‘mission creep’ later, racial quotas have become normalized, veiled in the rhetoric of ‘diversity’, as a permanent form of de facto institutional discrimination—this time unfairly penalizing Asian-Americans and European-Americans.

This ‘new normal’ shows no signs of going away on its own. It is for this reason that we, the people of the United States, must impress upon President Trump and his Cabinet the urgency of the matter. Within the next four years, President Trump must issue an executive order to rein in on racial discrimination once and for all.

The Trump Presidency may well be our last opportunity to establish the pre-conditions for real, lasting equality and mutual respect between races in the United States. We must therefore compel him to stand up for the long-neglected Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution by issuing an executive order to clamp down on illegal university admissions and hiring practices.

Such an executive order might find inspiration in the one planned by President Reagan, which proposed an amendment to President Lyndon B. Johnson’s original provisioning of racial quotas. Further, it should establish a federal commission to audit the admissions practices of universities for compliance with relevant Supreme Court rulings, such as Fisher I and Fisher II. These rulings not only uphold the ban on outright racial quotas, but also mandate that the burden of proof fall squarely on the shoulders of universities to demonstrate that a “compelling interest of diversity” truly exists, and that any such claims of needing race-conscious admissions to this end be vetted to a standard of “strict scrutiny”.

As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. so keenly noted from the Birmingham Jail in 1963, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” If we fail to take a stand in salvaging pre-existing Congressional anti-discrimination mandates, then any hope we once had of building a just and equitable society will slip further into the realm of what was once possible, but is no longer.

There is no conclusive evidence that the disparate levels of achievement observed between races is due to a climate of implicit racial bias. Public policy must therefore reflect this uncertainty. Even if implicit racism does indeed continue to pervade social life in the United States, the fact of the matter is that the only structures of institutional racism that exist in 2017, and have existed for decades now, are ones which explicitly discriminate against whites. If our aim is to facilitate the advancement of historically disadvantaged groups, then we are going about it all wrong, setting them up for failure through mismatch, disempowering and objectifying them in the process.

The only way to end racial discrimination is to end racial discrimination. Regarding the purported intrinsic value of diversity—such a claim is mere rhetoric intended to defend the indefensible. Would there really be no diversity without affirmative action?

Alternatively, we as a society might find a superior, more equitable solution to the problem of socioeconomic barriers to advancement in the form of free, universally-accessible higher education.

Thank you, and please join me in this cause by signing the Change.org petition.

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