Candice Jackson, who is the new acting head of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, also once complained that she was discriminated against because she is white.
While studying calculus at Stanford University during the 1990’s, Jackson “gravitated” toward a part of the class that offered students help on difficult problems, according to a student publication she wrote. She soon discovered that the section was only available for minority students.
“I am especially disappointed that the University encourages these and other discriminatory programs,” she wrote in the Stanford Review. “We need to allow each person to define his or her own achievements instead of assuming competence or incompetence based on race.”
Even though her lack of experience in civil rights law makes it hard to know how she feels about certain issues, Jackson’s past work during and after college may give a hint in what direction she will lead one of the Education Department’s most crucial – and controversial – branches. She has a reputation for being an anti-Clinton activist, libertarian, and against feminism and race-based preferences. She’s also written about her support of an economist who criticized compulsory education and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Her appointment “doesn’t leave me with a feeling of confidence with where the administration might be going,” said Theodore Shaw, director of the Center for Civil Rights at the University of North Carolina School of Law.
“I hope that she’s not going to be an adversary to the civil rights community and I hope that the administration is going to enforce civil rights laws and represent the best interests of those who are affected by civil rights issues.”
During her last year at Stanford, Candice wrote an op-ed voicing her opinion on the how the university “promotes racial discrimination” with its practices.
“As with most liberal solutions to a problem, giving special assistance to minority students is a band-aid solution to a deep problem,” she wrote. “No one, least of all the minority student, is well served by receiving special treatment based on race or ethnicity.”