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Affirmative Action

Not the Time to Blame White America

Jim Moore | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics
Jim Moore

Cries for reparations dilute the glue of our mutual efforts to bond us together to continue to work toward fulfilling Dr. King's dream.

Affirmative Action Currently Fails Its Mission

Wyatt Troia | Posted 10.20.2013 | College
Wyatt Troia

To truly level the playing field, we need to reweigh racial and socioeconomic admissions preferences to reflect their relative contributions to educational disadvantage.

The Asian College Bubble: Self-Segregation or Something More?

Julie J. Park | Posted 10.20.2013 | College
Julie J. Park

College is a unique opportunity to break the cycle of segregation, to be thrown together with a mix of peers from all walks of life to live, play, and study together. So is allowing yourself to spend time in a community or circle of friends that caters to a particular ethnic group okay?

Do Whites Only Support Meritocracy When It Benefits Them?

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics

Do white people only support traditional definitions of meritocracy when it benefits them? A new study suggests so. University of Miami professor F...

Asian Voices: Progressives, Are You Listening?

Jarryd Willis | Posted 10.05.2013 | Politics
Jarryd Willis

Asian-Americans appear to be the only large (and growing) voting group whose interests align with the Democratic Party and yet they are rarely afforded the same share of the 'debate spotlight' as social issues relevant to women, LGBT, Black, Hispanic, religious minority, middle-income and low-income voters.

Diversity and Higher Education: Our Communities Need More Than "Narrowly Tailored" Solutions

Nancy Cantor | Posted 10.02.2013 | College
Nancy Cantor

At the risk of distracting us from devising appropriately "narrowly tailored" means for increasing diversity in higher education guided by the Fisher decision, I'd like to suggest we step back from our law books, databases, and spreadsheets and focus a moment on a thought experiment as follows.

Diversity At Top Colleges Still An Issue, Study Finds

The Huffington Post | Rhonesha Byng | Posted 08.01.2013 | Black Voices

A study released this week by The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce reinforces the news we already know: today’s top-tier ...

Understanding Cause and Effect

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 09.26.2013 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

How do we know when to abandon a successful policy? At first blush, this might seem a contradiction in terms. Why would one ever abandon a successful policy? But most policies have costs as well as benefits, and at a certain point one might decide that the costs outweigh benefits.

Minority Rights and the Killing of Trayvon Martin

William K. Barth | Posted 09.21.2013 | Los Angeles
William K. Barth

Race alone is not enough to explain the outcome of the Martin Zimmerman trial. We need also to understand the plight of minority groups qua groups if we are to prevent future tragic killings.

Why Only Justice Ginsburg Got Affirmative Action Case Right

Frank Askin | Posted 09.16.2013 | Politics
Frank Askin

Once upon a time, the United States Supreme Court recognized the difference between laws and regulations which burdened "discrete and insular minorities" and programs intended to help such groups overcome the effects of past discrimination.

Affirmative Action for George Zimmerman Jury: Just One Piece of the Justice Puzzle

Brittney Bullock | Posted 09.16.2013 | Black Voices
Brittney Bullock

While affirmative action in the college admissions process is challenged in the Supreme Court, after this verdict, it's become clear that what we need is not a repeal, but rather an expansion of affirmative action to our judicial process.

The Week the Supreme Court Came Out of the Closet

Eric Segall | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics
Eric Segall

Now that a little time has passed, we can have a bit more perspective on the important cases handed down by the Court during the last week of this year's term. Looking at the cases as a group reveals the true colors of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Black, Gay and Living in a 'Voting Rights? No! Gay Marriage, Yes!' World

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

The Supreme Court's rulings force LGBTQ people of color, like me, to reside a bifurcated reality in terms of full civil rights protections.

The Decades-Long Affirmative Action Debate is Incomplete

Zachary Parker | Posted 09.09.2013 | Black Voices
Zachary Parker

Let's expand the current circumscribed conversation around affirmative action to include what is happening right this moment and how we might go about increasing college access for all children, but especially minority students.

Class Diversity in Higher Education: A Complement, But Not a Replacement, for Race

Julie J. Park | Posted 09.07.2013 | Science
Julie J. Park

The University of Texas argued that engaging in a racially diverse student body enhances student learning and fosters positive race relations. Does the same dynamic hold up for a university with greater class diversity?

Civil Rights Whiplash at the U.S. Supreme Court

Suzanne B. Goldberg | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Suzanne B. Goldberg

Last week's Supreme Court rulings will enable more discrimination against women and racial minorities. Yet because none of these cases presented discrimination as blatantly as DOMA did, the justices could more easily disclaim responsibility for the anti-equality consequences of their rulings.

Paula Deen, Trayvon Martin, the Shadow of Racism and the Power of "the N-word"

Antonio Moore | Posted 07.28.2014 | Black Voices
Antonio Moore

We find ourselves in a time that has illuminated historical cracks the size of the Grand Canyon left in our conscience as a nation. A social conscienc...

Building on Our Greatest Strength: Diversity

Ben Jealous | Posted 09.02.2013 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

For decades, American leaders in business, education and economics have lamented the wide racial and ethnic gaps in our education system. Last week's Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action reminded us that we have a long way to go.

Supreme Court in 2013: Equal Justice Under Law?

Andrew Blotky | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Andrew Blotky

Equal Justice Under Law. Those are the words carved in white Vermont marble on the west front of the U.S. Supreme Court building. But last week, the Supreme Court dispensed a version of justice that's anything but equal for millions of Americans.

The Supreme Court's Libertarian Moment?

Ilya Shapiro | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Ilya Shapiro

If we're all equal, the machinery of democracy shouldn't be gummed up by outdated racial classifications. In other words, the Supreme Court is increasingly embracing the Constitution's structural and rights-based protections for individual freedom and self-governance.

An Alternative To Race-based Affirmative Action

| Posted 07.02.2013 | College

By Sarah Garland The Supreme Court ruled in June that the nation’s courts must strictly scrutinize race-based affirmative action plans at univers...

Affirmative Action Needed Now More Than Ever

Steve Nelson | Posted 09.01.2013 | Impact
Steve Nelson

The Republican Party's efforts to repress minority voting through voter ID laws, redistricting, changing polling places and hours etc., indicate that "current conditions" are as miserable as ever

After Last Week, Let's Celebrate the Constitution

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 08.31.2013 | Detroit
Patrick O'Connor

Our country isn't perfect because we aren't -- but it has the opportunity to get better, as we let the Constitution shape us and take us in new directions.

Civil Rights and Mixed Emotions

Angela Stanley | Posted 08.28.2013 | Black Voices
Angela Stanley

In theory, civil rights are all interconnected and fit into a broader, and idealistic, framework of justice for all. In reality, they are often fragmented, pitted against one another, and at odds.

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?