"I meant to imply that there is demonstrable evidence of unfair treatment and that clear evidence was needed in order to pass Affirmative Action in the first place."
No there isn't. That's implying causal backwards. B/C AA exists, therefore there "must" be a reason of discrimination for it's creation. Correct? Rethink that, that's causal fallacy. Like most things in politics, it was created under political reasons. I quoted you from articles concerning mistreatment of Asian Americans by Ivy League schools to back my point. If you're going to make this point, should you not back it up with some sort of relevant information or evidence as well? Such as "evidence" of discrimination in hiring practices/enrollment back then in 1961 which required the use of AA? (Which btw, I'm sure you'll be able to find b/c I'm sure there are. The question is of course, was there "sufficient" enough to justify AA or was it created again under "political reasons.")
"Does this meme imply there was a claim that there weren't enough minorities, but Harvard found there were, instead, too many Asians? Also, does Harvard set it's own quota that meets or exceeds that required by AA?"
Read my post below about Prop 209 in California. I don't know if Harvard still has "AA" itself. But AA is now a generalize term to describe "any" form of rule/law/policy/effort to judge, hire, enroll base on criteria other than merit qualification for the sake of "diversity." It is in essence, the definition of discrimination.
If we are on a purely academic merit base without consideration of race, sex, religion, etc... top universities in America will be mostly Jews and Asians. This is a statistical fact. Affirmative action discriminates people base on ethnicity, gender, and what not, and gives the applicant spot to someone else who is "less qualified" by merit, but is of desired ethnic/gender background. That is the definition of discrimination.
And this isn't just "recent" as in the Harvard lawsuit, it goes back all the way to 1990s. I know plenty of people who were discriminated by top schools b/c of their skin color. Despite my handle, which is just for fun, I'm Asian. In my other meme, I commented the son of a friend of mine was accepted into UC Berkeley, however b/c they exceeded their "Asian" quota, he was only admitted in the spring semester instead of the fall.
Of course UC Berkeley is not going to just tell you "hey, we have too many Asians." They give you the "generic" letter blah...