On De-Segregation and Civil
Rights at A&M
Welcome. This site has a working thesis:
the Texas A&M University Board of Regents, as party to an on-going de-segregation plan, should respect
its own civil rights responsibilities and restore affirmative action in admissions to the Texas A&M
With respect to this thesis, it is widely doubted that Texas A&M has any civil rights
responsibilties when it comes to affirmative action in the admissions process. But if this is true for
Texas A&M, while it is party to a de-segregation plan, then what role does affirmative action play?
David Skrentny’s work shows that affirmative action was devised by civil rights
enforcement agencies who otherwise would have been left with only the tool of case complaints–a
procedure that will leave with you a higher stack of complaints each day. Without a tool for adjusting
“institutional” behavior, civil rights cannot be adequately enforced. Without affirmative action,
then, how else are civil rights to be em nforced?
Everyone forgets that Texas
A&M was the first campus in Texas to adopt affirmative action as a show of “good faith” that was
supposed to signify a commitment to self-responsibility for de-segregation. As a result, Texas was
allowed to negotiate its own de-segregation plan.
If, 22 years later, the state
higher education system is still not de-segregated, then what does the unilateral revocation of
affirmative action signify?
The suspension of numerical goals cannot signify that
Texas A&M needs to abolish affirmative action in order to free the admissions process to consider each
applicant “for who they are rather than what they are,” because if it were necessary to abolish
affirmative action in order to achieve “individual consideration,” then affirmative action would not
have survived its fierce and persistent cons :So what is Texas A&M saying about any of its students
who have been admitted under affirmative action? That they were never invited as individuals, but only
In short, the decision by Texas A&M violates its own “good faith” sign
of self-responsibility, ignores constitutional law, and demeans the very process of affirmative action
as a responsible civil rights policy wherever de-segregation persists.
pitching, the abolition of numerical goals was spun as a “diversity initiative.” But how can this
If what Texas A&M did last year is not illegal, it should be. It presents an
intolerable civil rights environment when state agencies (in Texas or any other state), while operating
under a de-segregation plan, can allow site administrators to suspend their commitments to numerical
True, no one expects excellence in civil rights from Texas A&M. But these low
expectations of the College Station campus in Texas may fool us into agreeing to something more than
letting A&M be A&M. Without numerical goals, how are the civil rights of de-segregation to be
If desegregation requires no numerical goals, then what does?
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