Recalling the Yale Lawsuit Exposes the Injustice of the Justice Department—CFER Vows to Defend Equal Treatment Against DOJ’s Travesty

For Immediate Release

February 4, 2021

SAN DIEGO, CA – February 4, 2021- On February 3, 2021, the Federal Justice Department (DOJ) dropped its lawsuit against Yale University regarding its alleged racial discrimination in admissions. Californians for Equal Rights (CFER) condemns DOJ’s unsubstantiated decision as a systematic roll back of civil rights protections. DOJ has committed great injustice to the American people with its acquiescence to race preferences.

As a result of a two-year investigation into a 2016 civil rights complaint filed by the Asian American Coalition for Education, the Yale lawsuit was filed by the DOJ under the previous administration and unearthed unequivocal evidence of Yale’s racial discrimination against Asian-American and white applicants. While receiving $600 million in federal funding annually, Yale has used racial balancing, de facto quotas, stereotypes and higher standards to discriminate against these applicants.

Frank Xu, President of CFER, said: “Instead of embracing equal protection of the laws and non-discrimination, DOJ is stooping down to entertain racial identity politics. Its reversal on the Yale lawsuit is a politically and racially motivated move toward injustice. CFER will continue to safeguard the principles of equal treatment and merit, against DOJ’s travesty.”  

“There was a time DOJ stood up for equal treatment under the law,” commented Law Professor Gail Heriot, an expert in civil rights law, “Alas, that time has passed.”

In its dismissal of the timely lawsuit, DOJ did not provide any legitimate reason, nor did it dispute findings of discrimination in the legal challenge. In other words, DOJ simply recalled a rightfully filed case to accommodate its ideological agenda of equal outcomes and racial preferences. This is a dangerous move that will embolden various prestigious colleges and universities to violate Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and engage in illegal, immoral and counterproductive racial balancing.


Wenyuan Wu

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About Californians for Equal Rights (CFER): CFER is a non-partisan and non-profit organization established following the defeat of Proposition 16 in 2020, with a mission to defend and raise public awareness on the cause of equal rights through public education, civic engagement and community outreach. In 1996, California became the first U.S. state to amend its constitution by passing Proposition 209 to ban racial discrimination and preferences. Prop 209 requires that “the state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.” CFER is dedicated to educating the public on this important constitutional principle of equal treatment.

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