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Affirmative Action

Issues of Diversity and Access in Higher Education Step into the Spotlight

Marcus Bright | Posted 11.19.2015 | Education
Marcus Bright

A lack of access and diversity at higher education institutions threatens the economic future of the country at large and predominately minority communities in particular because most of the new jobs and careers will require post-secondary education.

Dr. Ben Carson: The Most Dangerous Man in Politics

Steve Nelson | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics
Steve Nelson

Carson's popularity among white and black conservatives is a dire threat to racial and social justice. Like Clarence Thomas and other black conservatives, Carson advances the myth that we live in a post-racist society.

We're Not Racist... Are We? The Case for Affirmative Action in Fisher v. U of Texas

Steve Nelson | Posted 10.21.2015 | Education
Steve Nelson

The plaintiffs and their supporters would have you believe that racial discrimination and hatred are things of the past. They regard affirmative action as "reverse racism," as though such a thing can possibly exist. Racism requires power and privilege, attributes in short supply in communities of color.

The Global Search for Education: Gender, Gender, Gender -- Do we get it?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 10.07.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

I ask her about her research and concern for gender equality. Her thorough analysis of the global situation makes it clear that gender inequality is not only cruel, but also economically disadvantageous. In our interview, Linda shares her tips for what educators and parents can do to combat gender inequality.

Playing the Long Game: Fisher v. University of Texas and the Future of Race-Conscious Admissions Programs

Deborah N. Archer | Posted 10.05.2015 | Black Voices
Deborah N. Archer

We should all be paying close attention to the Fisher case, not just because of what it means for future of diversity at the University of Texas, but because of the potential impact it could have on the ability of colleges and universities across the country to welcome student bodies that reflect the full diversity of America.

The Supreme Court Is Back At Work, And Things Look Pretty Ugly Already

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics

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Gender Inequality on a Late Summer's Day

Val Brown | Posted 09.03.2015 | Women
Val Brown

I've always hated asking for raises. It's like asking your father for money (and yes, in most industries it's still usually a man you're asking). If they say no, you're not loved. I do remember one new boss from early in my career offering me a significant raise.

4 'Reverse Racism' Myths That Need To Stop

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 09.02.2015 | Black Voices

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Black Lives, White Silence And The Second Reconstruction

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 07.30.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

The tragic shooting deaths of nine African-American congregants in a South Carolina church and its juxtaposition with the ongoing debate about police mistreatment of African-Americans in a nation led by president who is part African suggests we are in a curious moment in U.S. history.

Colleges Are Finding Ways To Increase Diversity Without Affirmative Action

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 07.21.2015 | College

Admitting fewer legacy students -- the children or relatives of alumni -- is one way to help increase the diversity of a college campus, and many uni...

SCOTUS, The Incredible Disappearing Student And The Case For Affirmative Action In Higher Ed

Ashley Brown | Posted 07.16.2015 | Impact
Ashley Brown

For many of us, as the sole black person in class, we are called upon to represent our race's view on the atrocities that occurred in the past, cringing as we try to articulate a water-downed version from a chapter of a history book. Yet, we are expected to be grateful for that seat and not fight for others.

Education Department Dismisses Complaint From Asian Americans' Group Against Harvard

AP | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 07.07.2015 | College

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Education Department on Tuesday dismissed a complaint against Harvard University by some Asian-American groups who say the univ...

The Speech President Obama Cannot Give

Dr. Walter Greason | Posted 07.01.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Walter Greason

President Barack Obama's eulogy for Reverend Clementa Pinckney unified nearly all Americans with a call to equal justice that no preceding generation had any realistic expectation to achieve. It was a moment desperately imagined by the voters who supported him in 2008 and 2012.

Supreme Court Will Re-Hear Texas Affirmative Action Case

AP | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says it will dive back into the fight over the use of race in admissions at the University of Texas, a decision ...

The Transparency of a "Incog-Negro"

Irene Monroe | Posted 06.22.2015 | Black Voices
Irene Monroe

Dolezal's white-to-black "passing" is the complication of both white guilt and white rage in an era of Affirmative Action.

What is Diversity?

Chad Williams | Posted 06.02.2015 | Black Voices
Chad Williams

A company can seek to have a diverse body of employees, but it cannot seek to hire a diverse employee. An individual can be of a diverse background, his ancestry diverse, but the individual himself cannot be such.

Let's Sue Harvard and End Illegal Preferences in College Admission

Steve Nelson | Posted 06.02.2015 | College
Steve Nelson

Let's have a lawsuit where all the "different" learners, visionaries, poets, iconoclasts, artists and musicians come together and sue Harvard for giving illegal preference to applicants who brandish their relatively unimportant test scores. That's a lawsuit I'd join.

Being Asian-American in the Affirmative Action Debate

Bernadette Lim | Posted 05.19.2015 | Education
Bernadette Lim

We as Asian-Americans cannot afford to pit ourselves against other minority groups by buying into rhetoric of college admissions as a zero-sum game. We cannot subscribe to the idea of the "Asian-American whiz kid" and disregard the significant disparity that exists within groups of the larger Asian-American community.

The Hypocrisy of 'Pro-Life' and the GOP

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

In actuality, the GOP conducts itself as a party that stands for life until birth; then one is left to fend for oneself.

Mindy Kaling's Brother Sets Record Straight On Relationship With Sister

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 04.07.2015 | Black Voices

Vijay Chokal-Ingam is well aware that his sister, Mindy Kaling, considers them to be "estranged," but in a conversation with HuffPost Live on Tuesday,...

The White Admissions Advantage at Harvard: Unfair, But Different from Discrimination Against Asian Americans

Julie J. Park | Posted 05.24.2015 | College
Julie J. Park

As high school seniors across America await college admissions decisions, here's some food for thought: About one-third of Harvard White students are admitted through special preferences, and that's a conservative estimate.

Racist Police, Courts, Fraternities: Who Says We Don't Need Affirmative Action Anymore?

Carla Seaquist | Posted 05.25.2015 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

If affirmative action -- or, better, equal opportunity -- is to be reinstated, we need to "build it better," as the new mantra goes. And its practitioners need to keep control of their instrument.

MLK Today: Taking the Blinders Off White Privilege

David Bedrick | Posted 03.25.2015 | Black Voices
David Bedrick

How far have we really come since Dr. King's passing in 1968? Could those who argue that we now live in a truly post-racial society be wearing the blinders of white privilege? Consider the following.

Should Black Athletes Attend the University of Michigan?

Chad Williams | Posted 03.25.2015 | Black Voices
Chad Williams

In my estimation, it is appropriate, if not essential, that black athletes pass over the University of Michigan and take their talents to institutions that are committed to the worthy ideals of accountability and racial diversity and value black students as more than muscle and sinew.