For Immediate Release
September 5, 2018
On August 30, 2018, Asian American Coalition for Education (AACE) sent a letter to Chancellor Carol Christ of University of California (UC), Berkeley to denounce her blatant promotion of racial quotas during her August 20 welcome address. In her speech, she explicitly outlined a 10-year goal to shift UC Berkley into a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), which equates to making its student population at least 25% Hispanic.
This shameless proclamation of a Hispanic quota violates a host of federal and state laws, including: the 1978 U.S. Supreme Court ruling banning quota systems in race-conscious admission programs, the 2003 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Grutter v. Bollinger which reiterates the 1978 decision, Article 31(a) of the California Constitution that outlaws discrimination or preferential treatment on the basis of race, as well as Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act banning racial discrimination, among others.
This ill-conceived strategic vision unequivocally translates into illegal and unconstitutional racial quotas, as well as into immoral practices that would infringe Asian American children’s equal education rights.
In the letter, AACE urges Chancelor Christ to reverse her illegal and unconstitutional goal of becoming a HSI within the next ten years and take corrective actions to ensure that UC Berkeley’s admissions practices are consistent with existing federal laws and the California constitution.
AACE president, Mr. Yukong Zhao, criticized Chancellor Christ’s flagrant advocacy of racial quotas: “We support racial diversity on college campuses. However, such diversity should be primarily accomplished through making improvements in K-12 education for minority and socioeconomically disadvantaged communities, instead of using racial quotas which in essence is a racist zero-sum game. The University of California, Berkeley is a public educational institution receiving government financial assistance on both federal and state levels. As such, the university must comply with pertinent federal and state laws as well as relevant government guidance on higher education.”
The link to AACE Letter to UC Berkeley: https://secureservercdn.net/22.214.171.124/881.fd3.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/AACE_Letter_to_UCB_20180830.pdf
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About the AACE: www.asianamericanforeducation.org
Asian American Coalition for Education (AACE) is a non-political, nonprofit, grassroots national organization, the proven leader in fighting for Asian-American children’s equal educational rights.
On May 15, 2015, the founders of AACE united 64 Asian-American organizations and jointly filed a civil rights violation complaint with the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice against Harvard University’s discriminatory admissions practices against Asian Americans. This complaint is now being investigated by the Justice Department. Over the years, we have advanced the cause of educational equality for the Asian American community. In July 2018, the federal government adopted our policy recommendations by rescinding Obama era guidance that promoted racial balancing and acquiesced to racial discrimination in college admissions.