Some are more equal than others, under the Biden administration

By Thomas Mitchell
Discrimination is in the eye of the beholder.
In the eye of President Joe Biden’s administration — as in Orwell’s “Animal Farm” — some are more equal than others.
This week the Justice Department withdrew a lawsuit pressed by the Trump administration against Yale University for allegedly violating federal civil-rights law by discriminating against White and Asian-American undergraduate applicants, according to The Wall Street Journal.
According to a USA Today article from when the federal suit was filed, the Justice Department found that Asian American and White students have “only one-tenth to one-fourth of the likelihood of admission as African American applicants with comparable academic credentials.”
But under Biden the objective is equity, not equality. Equity apparently means equal outcomes, rather than equal opportunities.
Then there is Biden’s executive order that asserts that “[a]ll persons should receive equal treatment under the law without regard to their gender identity or sexual orientation”, including that “[c]hildren should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, locker room, or school sports.”
Biological males could compete in sports against biological females and share locker rooms and showers and overnight accommodations on out-of-town trips.
This topic came up during the hearings for Biden’s nominee for Education Secretary, Miguel Cardona.
The National Review noted that this past year the Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights told the state of Connecticut — where Cardona is currently commissioner of education — that allowing transgender student athletes to participate in female sports violated the Title IX rights of female students.
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky asked Cardona, “If you’re confirmed, will you enforce that Office of Civil Rights opinion?”
Cardona replied, “I understand that there are a lot of concerns about that. If confirmed, it’s my responsibility and my privilege to make sure that we’re following civil rights of all students, and that includes activities that they may engage in in high school or athletics.”
He went on to say it is “critically important” teachers and schools “respect the rights of all students, including students who are transgender.”
Paul countered, “So you don’t have a problem then, of boys running in the girls’ track meets, swimming meets, you name it, you’re OK then with boys competing with girls?”
The Review noted that this past year three female high-school students and their families filed a federal lawsuit seeking to block transgender athletes from competing in girls sports in Connecticut.
The three girls, all accomplished runners, argued that they have been personally harmed by a policy allowing biological males to compete against them in their running events, missing their chances at championship titles, state records, and scholarship opportunities.
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Thomas Mitchell is a former newspaper editor who now writes conservative/libertarian columns for weekly papers in Nevada. You may email Mitchell at He blogs at
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