October 8, 2020: Justice Department Sues Yale University for Illegal Discrimination Practices in Undergraduate Admissions. “The lawsuit is the result of a multi-year investigation into allegations of illegal discrimination contained in a complaint filed by Asian American groups concerning Yale’s conduct.” UPDATE: In summarizing its findings, the Justice Department stated that “Asian Americans and whites have only one-tenth to one-fourth the likelihood of admission as African American applicants with comparable academic credentials. Yale rejects scores of Asian American and white applicants each year based on their race, whom it otherwise would admit.”
January 26, 2021: White House issues Memorandum Condemning and Combating Racism, Xenophobia, and Intolerance Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. “During the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, inflammatory and xenophobic rhetoric has put Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) persons, families, communities, and businesses at risk.
The Federal Government must recognize that it has played a role in furthering these xenophobic sentiments through the actions of political leaders, including references to the COVID-19 pandemic by the geographic location of its origin. Such statements have stoked unfounded fears and perpetuated stigma about Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and have contributed to increasing rates of bullying, harassment, and hate crimes against AAPI persons….”
February 3, 2021: Justice Department drops its lawsuit against Yale for discriminating against Asians.
According to our Unifier in Chief, saying “Wuhan virus” or “China virus” xenophobically stokes fears of and perpetuates stigmas against Asian Americans, but discriminating against them in college admissions promotes, for lack of a better term, equity.