Skirting The Laws 101

     If you’re determined to break a law, the one thing you must not do is say so plainly. Now that the Supreme Court has struck down racial preferences in higher education, those “institutions of higher learning” that want to favor one race over the others must exercise some subtlety:

     The Biden administration is openly encouraging colleges and universities to ignore a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that forbade discrimination on the basis of race.
     Among the high court’s most anticipated rulings of its 2022-23 term was a pair of cases brought by Students for Fair Admissions that ended the practice of “affirmative action” — race-based admission practices.
     Or at least the high court purported to end affirmative action. But President Joe Biden is having none of it.
     It’s just a matter of replacing direct questions of an applicant’s race with something more subtle, according to Adam Kissel, a visiting fellow at The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Education Policy.
     He said that they would have tried to skirt the Supreme Court even without the White House’s blessing.
     “Colleges will continue using admission essays to give special treatment to favored identity groups,” he told Newsmax. “Several colleges have already added or altered essay questions in ways that will make it easier to identify an applicant’s race.”

     Antidiscrimination law is unenforceable as written, but it’s very useful as a political bludgeon. It will be enforced solely when it suits the ruling power – i.e., when it can be used against that power’s opponents. For elite universities to practice racial preferences “on the q.t.” is quite all right with the political elite. But don’t imagine that you could get away with preferential hiring in your little business. The crosshairs will be on your chest before you can recite Maxwell’s equations (integral form only, please).

     Any law that is not enforced and can’t be enforced weakens all other laws. — Robert A. Heinlein

     Thanks, Bob. They don’t listen when I say it. — Me