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Affirmative Action

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.

It's Time to Change Affirmative Action in Colleges

Rohit Joshi | Posted 03.15.2015 | College
Rohit Joshi

Of course, diversity is still an important issue. But affirmative action does not accurately provide diversity -- it only is successful in harming both the people it is supposed to help as well as races that are deemed "overrepresented."

Harvard And UNC Sued To End Affirmative Action

AP | Philip Marcelo | Posted 11.17.2014 | College

BOSTON (AP) -- Lawsuits filed Monday against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill argue that affirmative action poli...

Affirmative Action Could Go Back To The Supreme Court

AP | Posted 11.13.2014 | College

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The issue of affirmative action could be headed back to the U.S. Supreme Court after a federal appeals court refused to reconsid...

Next Supreme Court Term Will Be 'More Important Than Any In The Last 50 Years,' Court Watcher Says

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics

One of the nation's most well-known observers of the Supreme Court says the high court will face more consequential legal questions in the next few ye...

Ashley Alman

Asian-American Opposition To Affirmative Action May Be A Big Myth

HuffingtonPost.com | Ashley Alman | Posted 09.26.2014 | Politics

Conservatives may lose another talking point this week as poll results released Thursday reveal strong support by Asian-Americans in California for th...

How George W. Bush Benefited From Affirmative Action

Peter Dreier | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The current public debate and wave of articles about how colleges can do a better job of providing access to students from low-income families reminds me that for over a century, most colleges have had an affirmative action policy for rich, well-connected white kids. It is called "legacy" admissions.

Affirmative Action and the Crisis in Higher Education

Scott D. Gerber | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics
Scott D. Gerber

A new academic year is upon us. Students, parents, and faculty are excited. But they are also nervous. These are difficult times for higher education ...

Why We're Wrong About Affirmative Action: Stereotypes, Testing and the 'Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations'

William A. Darity Jr. | Posted 09.27.2014 | College
William A. Darity Jr.

There is little reason to believe that the widely held claim that black and Latino students enter selective universities as comparatively inferior students will not cease to rear its ugly head. It is a pervasive stereotype that minority students must face from matriculation to graduation.

Pimping Diversity

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 09.23.2014 | Business
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

We have all bought into a social construct that permits us to feel good about perpetrating a fraud. Corporations, universities, government agencies, minorities and "good white folks" alike -- we are all complicit in pimping diversity.

A Basic Flaw in the Argument Against Affirmative Action

Linda Darling-Hammond | Posted 09.23.2014 | Education
Linda Darling-Hammond

Think of how different the school years of all kids -- rich and poor -- would be if education were aligned with life, instead of tailored to the needs of Princeton statisticians. We might begin to make progress after decades of failed education reform,.