Candice Jackson, the newly named acting head of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, once claimed to be a victim of reverse discrimination because she is white.
During the 90s, as an undergraduate student at Stanford University in the mid-1990s, she discovered that the university provided minority students with tutoring for calculus. She later wrote in in the Stanford Review, “I am especially disappointed that the University encourages these and other discriminatory programs. We need to allow each person to define his or her own achievements instead of assuming competence or incompetence based on race.”
Jackson has limited civil rights law exposure, and historically has denounced feminism and race-based preferences, leading some to be concerned for the direction the department may be going in. She will act as assistant secretary in charge of the office until that position is filled permanently by Betsy DeVos, the DOE head. Interestingly enough, in 2009, Jackson co-wrote a Christian country song titled “Freedom, Family and Faith.” Propublica.org shares some of the lyrics: “Some politician wants our liberty/ They say just trust me, we’re all family/ I’ve got a family and hey, it’s not you/ Don’t need Big Brother to see us through.” Check out more about Jackson here.