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Affirmative Action

Criticizing Racists Doesn't Stop Racism

Ali Breland | Posted 07.13.2014 | Black Voices
Ali Breland

America has focused on Bundy and Sterling, while the Supreme Court's ruling on Affirmative Action has faded from the public consciousness. What Sterling and Bundy said is reprehensible, however, it has little actual effect on Blacks in America.

Mother's Day Musings: What World Will My Son Inherit?

Preeti Vissa | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Preeti Vissa

My little boy may well live past the end of this century. How much of a planet will be left? Between climate change, pollution and all their ripple effects, will his quality of life be irretrievably damaged by decisions that were made before he was even born?

A Certain Path to Diversity (With or Without Affirmative Action)

Joshua Wyner | Posted 07.08.2014 | College
Joshua Wyner

If selective colleges train their eye on students transferring from community colleges, rather than solely on high school seniors, they're sure to build a student body that's both racially and socioeconomically diverse.

Conservative Spin Distorts Supreme Court's Recent Affirmative Action Decision

William Want | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics
William Want

Affirmative action seemed destined to fare poorly before the Supreme Court in Schuette, but let's fairly inform the public on this important matter.

The Delusional Freedom Fighter

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 07.06.2014 | Black Voices
Brandon L. Greene

This kind of total reboot doesn't come from turning jerseys inside out, nor from a massive boycott. The question is what does the change come from? How do we get there? Unlike with a computer, we can't just wipe the system clean and start over.

Ryan J. Reilly

Feds Remind Schools That Supreme Court Didn't Completely Kill Affirmative Action | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Federal officials sent a letter Tuesday to colleges as well as elementary, middle and high schools advising them that despite the Suprem...

The Black Man in the White House: Racism Is Alive and Well in America

Gerry Myers | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Gerry Myers

While many say racism is over and point to the fact that America has its first black president, Barack Obama's election actually ignited racial tension in the country, rather than ending it.

The Supreme Court, Affirmative Action, and 'The 99 Percent'

Michael Goldstein | Posted 07.02.2014 | Black Voices
Michael Goldstein

The April 22 Supreme Court decision upholding Michigan's affirmative-action ban starkly demonstrates the limits of what political leadership by the representatives of "The 1 Percent" can achieve in the realms of racial justice and the healing of the racial divide.

The Roberts Court Gave Affirmative Action Its Last Rites, It's Up to Us to Revive It

Daisy M. Jenkins, Esq. | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
Daisy M. Jenkins, Esq.

Liberty and equality don't just happen: They must be valued and protected by law.

Yay! Racism Is Over!

Floyd Elliot | Posted 06.29.2014 | Comedy
Floyd Elliot

With Tuesday's decision by the NBA to ban prune-faced bigot Donald Sterling from the NBA and to fine him a whopping $2.5 million--his net worth runs around $2 billion, so that fine's going to hit him where he lives: right in his beer money--we have seen the end of racial discrimination in our time.

On the Need to Validate Young Black Men

David A. Love | Posted 06.30.2014 | Black Voices
David A. Love

An African-American presidency does not make a post-racial society, but creates a racial backlash. Black men are the perennial defendants, guilty until proven innocent of no crimes in particular, and everything in general.

Schuette v. BAMN: How the Court Undermined Racial Liberty in the Democratic Process

Elise Boddie | Posted 06.30.2014 | Black Voices
Elise Boddie

The Supreme Court's Schuette and Shelby decisions send a disturbing signal that ensuring unimpeded minority access to the processes that decide minority interests is not worthy of federal judicial intervention.

Justices Get It Wrong on Race

Daria Roithmayr | Posted 06.30.2014 | Education
Daria Roithmayr

Well beyond skin color, race matters because historical discrimination created an unfair advantage for whites that will continue to reproduce itself indefinitely, even if all intentional discrimination were to end tomorrow.

I Am Not a Model Minority

Bernadette Lim | Posted 06.29.2014 | College
Bernadette Lim

Many believe that the model minority label allows me to ride on the coattails of my ethnicity, giving me a "one-up boost" ahead of others. Yet to me, the model minority myth has done nothing but strip me of my humanity.

'Color-Blinded-Ness' Is Racism

Morgan Guyton | Posted 06.26.2014 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

When meritocracy dies, racism will die too, and we will have a far more beautiful world.

Affirmative Action and Racism -- The Court Speaks: 'Heal Thyself'

Steve Nelson | Posted 06.28.2014 | College
Steve Nelson

I'll dispense with Bundy and Sterling, as too much ink has already been spilled on these decrepit fossils. Justices Roberts, Scalia et al are the more dangerous breed, as they misread the reality of race in America, and their privileged musings set back racial justice many decades.

So Much for a 'Post-racial' America

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 06.28.2014 | Black Voices
Rev. Al Sharpton

We might not be in the back of the bus, and we might not drink from separate water fountains, but racial discrimination is very much alive in 2014. Anyone who ever doubted that reality can look at the events of the past week.

Condemning Donald Sterling Is All Well and Good. But We've Got Bigger Problems Than That.

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 06.28.2014 | Sports
Jonathan Weiler

Moments like this are as likely to distract from the insidious ways that racism continues to pervade our society as they are to provide opportunities to illuminate what work still needs to be done.

Extreme Inequality: Is the Market Rigged or Fair?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 06.27.2014 | Politics
HuffPost Radio


With three best-sellers saying markets are rigged --Piketty, Warren, Lewis -- Shrum & Lowry debate economic and then racial inequality. Can tax policies mitigate a 400-1 ratio of top to average pay? 4000-1? Does bias against blacks = against whites, per Roberts?

Will 'Race' Defeat the Clippers in the First Round

Carl Jeffers | Posted 06.27.2014 | Politics
Carl Jeffers

The Clippers have to try as hard as they can to win and go as far as they can in the playoffs. And they have to individually and collectively make clear that they are doing that for themselves and collectively for each other, not for Donald Sterling.

In Schuette, Roberts Continues Legacy of Bringing the Court Into the 21st Century

Andrew Woodman | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Andrew Woodman

In thinking about the Supreme Court, I'm reminded of the scene from this week's episode of Game of Thrones where Tywin Lannister asks the next king, w...

The National Review, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and Affirmative Action

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Of course, the National Review has every right under the First Amendment to say all of these things, and I would defend to the death, in Voltaire's words, its right to say them. But that does not make them any less offensive -- or ignorant of the law.

Supreme Court Decision Undermines Education and Opportunity

Michael Roth | Posted 06.24.2014 | College
Michael Roth

University admissions programs are not the place to promote partisan visions of social justice, but they are the place to produce the most dynamic and profound learning environments.

Supreme Court Agrees With Michigan Voters: Affirmative Action Must Remain for Whites Only

Koritha Mitchell | Posted 06.23.2014 | Black Voices
Koritha Mitchell

American discourse demands that no one notice that being white gives people unearned advantages. It is long past time to admit that dominant groups do not prevail because their members are so exemplary but because the system is set up to ensure that they win even when they are mediocre.

We're All Losers After the Supreme Court's Decision in Schuette

Dennis D. Parker | Posted 06.23.2014 | Black Voices
Dennis D. Parker

Schuette is widely misunderstood as being a case about affirmative action. It is not. In fact, it leaves in place Supreme Court law recognizing diversity as a compelling governmental interest and permitting carefully constructed affirmative action programs.