As news of the Trump administration’s directive to rescind affirmative action policies made by President Barack Obama was announced on Tuesday, Black Twitter went online to share their frustrations with Trump—as well as their lack of surprise.
The decision was announced in a joint letter by the Department of Education and the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Divisions. It specified seven guidances on affirmative action that it said went beyond legal limits.
“The documents advocate specific policies and procedures for educational institutions to adopt, analyze a number of hypotheticals, and draw conclusions about whether the actions in those hypotheticals would violate” the constitutional rights of citizens, the document said.
Last year, the White House directed the Justice Department to explore whether it can sue institutions of higher education over affirmative action policies that the White House deems discriminatory against white applicants, The New York Times reported.
Trump has consistently scrapped many policies that were put in place by President Obama.
From government officials to celebrities, Black Twitter shared their thoughts on the change online: