Leaders and representatives of Asian-American communities across the nation held a mass rally at the Copley Square in Boston on October 14, 2018 to support SFFA’s (Students for Fair Admissions) lawsuit against Harvard University and to protest Harvard’s anti-Asian discrimination in admissions. This historical event was hosted by Asian American Coalition for Education (AACE) and other partnering organizations.
Kathy Lynch, Candidate for State Representative of Westford, Littleton, and Chelmsford spoke on Fairness in Education. Lynch, a mother of two teenagers in the Westford Public Schools and a proponent of quality education exclaimed in her speech, “We need to stop discrimination and recognize applicants, solely, as citizens or non-citizens. For it is the principles set forth in the 14thAmendment of the United States Constitution and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that promise nondiscrimination.”
The Asian Community has been very troubled by discrimination in the college application process — excluding them based upon race. According to court documents, filed in federal court in Boston, Harvard conducted their own internal investigation into admissions policies in 2013 and found a bias against Asian-American applicants that persists today. The Asian-American community has been asking for fair treatment without racial profiling through House Bill 3361 and their Harvard lawsuit. Court proceedings will commence on October 15, 2018. They are fighting for a fair chance at the very best quality of education.
“It is a beautiful thing to have people from different backgrounds as citizens working together for a common cause: the education of our people for the betterment of all. It should behoove us all to see that every citizen succeeds. America promises increased opportunity for those who work hard and perform well. We all need the hope that we will be rewarded by our merits,” said Lynch.