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Edward Blum Launches Another Assault on Affirmative Action

edward-blumThe Project for Fair Representation, a legal foundation based in Alexandria, Virginia, has announced that it is looking for plaintiffs to challenge the admissions programs at Harvard University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Wisconsin at Madison as racially biased. The Project on Fair Representation is run by Edward Blum who was instrumental in the Abigail Fisher v. University of Texas-Austin affirmative action case and also in the litigation that struck down part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The Project for Fair Representation has set up three websites –,, and – seeking individuals who believe they were rejected for admission to these universities due to affirmative action or so-called reverse discrimination.

For example, the Harvard site asks: “Were You Denied Admission to Harvard? It may be because you’re the wrong race. Harvard is a great university and we know it’s tough to be admitted. But Harvard continues to use an applicant’s race and ethnicity as an admission criterion even though a 2013 U.S. Supreme Court decision essentially forbids these practices. We believe that’s neither fair nor legal and we are committed to ending Harvard’s racial preference policies in court. If you have been denied admission to Harvard, we want to hear from you. Please fill out the form below and learn about what can be done.”

In a press release announcing the new effort, The Project for Fair Representation states that it “believes Harvard University, specifically is discriminating against Asian-American students by using a ‘quota’ or ‘ceiling’ to limit their admission to the university.”


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  1. PG says:

    It just seems to me that some Caucasians believe they deserve ALL of the available spots. If we brought up the historical affirmative action that they practiced for themselves for decades which said NO Blacks could be admitted or hired, we would hear more screaming about how that was the past and we need to forget about it. Now that the demographic are changing and some institutions are at least attempting to give those otherwise neglected groups or individuals a shot, it’s reverse discrimination. Funny how it’s only discrimination when they perceive they are being left out. When its people of color, they are simply not qualified. SMH

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