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Affirmative Action for Republicans

David Moshman | Posted 08.28.2013 | College
David Moshman

What if conservative faculty and students perceive themselves to be oppressed victims of a hostile liberal environment? What if Republicans are underrepresented? Will we end up with affirmative action for conservatives and Republicans?

It's Marching Time: Supreme Court Attacks Voting Rights and Challenges Affirmative Action

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 08.27.2013 | Black Voices
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

No other "ish" should matter, and when I say "ish," you know exactly what I mean. I woke up this morning with a slight sense of depression. It had not...

The Supreme Court Overstates Racial Progress

Sean McElwee | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics
Sean McElwee

There is a common thread in both of the Court's last two decisions: an appeal to illusory racial progress. "Our country has changed," wrote Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. Evidence abounds that this is simply not true.

The Supreme Court's Pleasingly Predictable Term, Same-Sex Marriage and the Eye-rolling Justice Alito

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

For weeks we have been on alert for supposedly precedent-setting rulings on affirmative action, voting rights and of course same-sex marriage. The rul...

Progress Despite the Supreme Court's Imprecise Position on Racial Preferences

Steven C. Bahls | Posted 08.26.2013 | College
Steven C. Bahls

Eighteen years ago, I was in the United States Supreme Court chambers when the Court announced its decision in another landmark class involving prefer...

UT-Austin Won't Back Down

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 06.26.2013 | College

The University of Texas at Austin announced on Monday that it will not change its admissions policy after the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling on ...

Supreme Court: How to Do Our Dirty Work Against Affirmative Action

Larry Bodine | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Larry Bodine

The Supreme Court issued a cynical opinion in its ruling against affirmative action in Fisher v. Texas. Telling the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to use this approach against the program, which has been operating for nine years, was like winking and saying "you know what to do."

Diversity Lives to See Another Day

Deborah N. Archer | Posted 08.26.2013 | Black Voices
Deborah N. Archer

With the Supreme Court's opinion in Fisher, talented and bright students from all backgrounds, including different racial and ethnic backgrounds, will get a fair opportunity. That is good news for every American.

Voting Rights, Affirmative Action, and the Slow Murder of Dr. King's 'Dream'

Kevin Powell | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Kevin Powell

We need to call it what is: There are certain people in power, specifically white males of privilege in America, who've never believed in Dr. King's dream.

Affirmative Action and the Future

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

We encourage universities to more fully document the factual necessity of their plans and the reasons why some limited consideration of race in a holistic review process is the only practical way to achieve the diversity they think necessary to serve compelling educational interests.

Mainstream Media Strike Out in Affirmative Action Coverage

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 08.25.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

It's hard to see what else the mainstream media could get wrong about the Supreme Court's decision in Fisher v. University of Texas, the affirmative action case that was sent back to the lower courts this past Monday.

College Aims To Maintain Diversity If Affirmative Action Is Outlawed

The Boulder Daily Camera | BRITTANY ANAS | Posted 08.25.2013 | Denver

THE UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO -- anticipating the possibility that affirmative action measures could someday be banned in college admissions -- has been ...

How The Supreme Court's Affirmative Action Ruling Affects California

Ventura County Star | Jean Cowden Moore | Posted 08.25.2013 | Los Angeles

The Supreme Court's decision on affirmative action will not affect California's public universities because they do not consider race or ethnicity in ...

Washington Watch: Week 21 - "Full Court Press"

Linnie Frank Bailey | Posted 08.23.2013 | Black Voices
Linnie Frank Bailey

Week 21 -- All eyes on the Supreme Court for landmark rulings; and progressive activists and bloggers gathered in San Jose for Netroots Nation. Ruli...

What the Affirmative Action Case Suggests for Voting Rights -- and the 'Post-Racial' Fights to Come

Ari Melber | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics
Ari Melber

The logic of Justice Kennedy's decision is bad news for affirmative action. It's just incrementally and bureaucratically bad -- not necessarily bad today.

Supreme Court Decision on Race in Admissions Leaves Reason to Be Hopeful

Gene D. Block | Posted 08.24.2013 | College
Gene D. Block

Monday's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court may leave us all waiting to see what the case of a Texas woman challenging her state's affirmative action laws means for all of us in higher education, but there is reason to be hopeful.

Luke Johnson

Thomas Compares Affirmative Action To Slavery | Luke Johnson | Posted 06.24.2013 | Politics

In a fiery concurring opinion Monday, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said the University of Texas at Austin's admissions policy amounted to dis...

Affirmative Action Survives For Now, But Bar Is Raised

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 08.24.2013 | Black Voices
Brian Levin, J.D.

The United States Supreme Court held today in Fisher v. University of Texas that diversity is a compelling governmental interest for a public university to seek, but there are significant restrictions to employing race based measures in doing so.

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Affirmative Action Decision: Sends UT-Austin's Race-Conscious Admissions Back For Review | Mike Sacks | Posted 06.24.2013 | Politics

By a 7-1 vote on Monday, the Supreme Court told an appeals court that it misinterpreted the justices' precedent when reviewing the University of Texas...

Blockbusters Among High Court's Last Cases

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 08.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has 11 cases, including the term's highest profile matters, to resolve before the justices take off for summer va...

The Supreme Court and Affirmative Action: Why Now?

Eric Segall | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics
Eric Segall

Let's hope that next week the Court looks back 40 years and follows the law as set forth in Defunis instead of reaching out unnecessarily to accomplish a political goal at least four of the Justices (and likely five) hold deeply -- to end affirmative action as we know it.

Race Vs. Class: Which Is The Bigger Barrier To Opportunity?

AP | JUSTIN POPE | Posted 06.17.2013 | Black Voices

-- In post-Great Recession America, which is the bigger barrier to opportunity – race or class? A decade ago, the U.S. Supreme Court kept the ...

Supreme Court Decision On Affirmative Action Looms

AP | JUSTIN POPE | Posted 08.16.2013 | Politics

In post-Great Recession America, which is the bigger barrier to opportunity – race or class? A decade ago, the U.S. Supreme Court kept the focu...

Affirmative Action for the Racist in All of Us

Tanya K. Hernandez | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics
Tanya K. Hernandez

Part of the reason for enduring social hierarchies is that individuals rely on stereotypes to process information and have biases that they don't know they have.

What Americans Really Think About Affirmative Action

Daniel Cox | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics
Daniel Cox

Last month, we unearthed a surprising divide between support for the general principle of affirmative action and its application in college admissions.