John M. Gore, Acting Assistant Attorney General, wrote me on Nov. 1, 2017 stating that DOJ " . . . is committed to ... robust enforcement of of federal prohibition on discrimination in education. ... for enforcement, among other laws, .... of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 ...." (emphasis added) Mr. More was referring to a complaint filed by AACE against Harvard in May, 2015.
What is Title VI?
Title VI is to prevent discrimination by government agencies that receive federal funds. If an agency is found in violation of Title VI, that agency may lose its federal funding.
1) Title VI is often credited for achieving a significant desegregation victory in Mississippiduring the civil rights movement of decades ago. According to some legal scholars, the court decisions didn't have a big practical impact. It was only when schools started getting big federal money AND the threat of losing it by remaining segregated that they really started to integrate.
2) See the 5th of the 6 comments posted on Harvard's Crimson editorial,
on Oct. 11, 2017, by law professor Mark Pickrell, Vanderbilt Univ. He is a
"I've always thought it weird that Harvard has touted its "race-
conscious" admissions policies in light of the language of Title VI and the Supreme Court's decision in Bakke." - Mark Pickrell
Does the Harvard Faculty Have a Role In Harvard's Governance?
If indeed Harvard is found to be in violation of Title VI, will Harvard professors be unduly punished on account of Harvard's "race-conscious" admissions? Does the Harvard faculty have any role in the governance of Harvard? It's hard not to wonder, given the faculty's deafeningsilence.