August 3, 2017About New YorkBy JIM DWYER
We learned this week that the Trump administration is recruiting lawyers for a new front in the battle for civil rights, this one to fix possible discrimination in an elite corner of higher education. The Department of Justice appears to be investigating a complaint that Asian-Americans with strong credentials are not getting a fair shake at Harvard.
As it happens, just when news of this new cause surfaced, I got a couple of reminders that the world has no shortage of less rarefied injustices of long standing.
They had been in a car on the New Jersey Turnpike with two other young men, all from New York City, all in their early 20s, driving to a college basketball showcase in North Carolina one evening. A pair of state troopers pulled them over. I still have the “official news release” issued by the state, dated