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Affirmative Action

There's No Denying It Now: Affirmative Action and the White Man

Trudy Bourgeois | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics
Trudy Bourgeois

During his first term, 36 percent of President Obama's appointments went to women. That means, of the 23 cabinet positions, eight are women. Unfortunately, more than a few first-term women appointees are stepping down.

If Not Race, Then Wealth: Why Universities Should Avoid Income As Proxy for Race-Based Admissions Policy

Alan A. Aja | Posted 03.12.2013 | College
Alan A. Aja

If the Supreme Court decides in favor of Abigail Fisher and opponents of race-based affirmative action are sincere in their advocacy of a class-based approach, we encourage universities to transition from an income to wealth-based criteria.

Math and Race: Why Don't More African Americans Do Science and Engineering?

Dr. Jonathan David Farley | Posted 01.05.2013 | Black Voices
Dr. Jonathan David Farley

In November 2012, fifth graders from Rosa Parks Elementary School in Berkeley, Calif. won four of the top ten prizes in a regional math contest with o...

A Colorblind Spot in the Fourteenth Amendment?

Alex Glashausser | Posted 03.09.2013 | Politics
Alex Glashausser

Justice Thomas himself would not even be able to follow his stated preference for hiring clerks with an attribute nowhere mentioned in the clause: a degree from a non-Ivy League school. So what then does "equal protection" mean?

Supreme Court Could Send Gays, Racial Minorities In Opposite Directions

Bloomberg | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics

The legal fortunes of gays and racial minorities may move in opposite directions when the U.S. Supreme Court's term reaches its climax in late June. ...

GOP Lawmaker Proposes Ending Key Program

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics

A Republican state senator in Tennessee is planning to introduce legislation to end the state's affirmative action program. State Sen. Jim Summervi...

WATCH: UT Law Professor Trashes Affirmative Action, Single Motherhood

Posted 12.11.2012 | College

University of Texas law professor Lino Graglia stirred up controversy with his claim that black students can't compete with white students due to thei...

What Will Replace Affirmative Action If The Supreme Court Kills It?

The New Republic | Posted 12.10.2012 | College

Ever since conservative courts and voters began trying to eliminate affirmative action in the 1990s, universities have sought creative ways to boost t...

Will Justice Kennedy Defend Marriage Equality and Outlaw Affirmative Action -- With One Stroke?

Jedediah Purdy | Posted 02.09.2013 | Politics
Jedediah Purdy

With both gay marriage and a challenge to affirmative action on its agenda, the Supreme Court will weigh in on two of the most charged issues. Progressives are full of nervous excitement about the marriage cases and just plain nervous about affirmative action.

State's Affirmative Action Ban Will Stay In Effect, For Now

AP | COREY WILLIAMS | Posted 01.30.2013 | Detroit

DETROIT — The ruling that ended Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions was put on hold Friday until the U.S. Supreme Court d...

Federal Court Temporarily Stays Affirmative Action Law

AP | COREY WILLIAMS | Posted 01.30.2013 | Black Voices

DETROIT — The ruling that ended Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions was put on hold Friday until the U.S. Supreme Court d...

Elite College Admissions Are Unfair, Sure... We Still Shouldn't Care

Daniel Luzer | Posted 11.29.2012 | College
Daniel Luzer

Since such colleges have far more applicants than slots for students, why not just admit most students (after rejecting those truly incapable of succeeding) at random?

College Affirmative Action Ban Declared Unconstitutional

AP | ED WHITE | Posted 01.15.2013 | Detroit

DETROIT — Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions was declared unconstitutional Thursday by a deeply divided federal appeals ...

Affirmative Action's Push-Pull on Diversity in Higher Education

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | Posted 01.13.2013 | College
Jackie Jenkins-Scott

What is at stake in this case is critical because the Supreme Court's ruling will be applicable nationwide. If the ruling is upheld, universities across our nation will continue their efforts to increase diversity in enrollment.

Expanding Opportunity Means a Stronger Workforce, Economy and Country

Linda Meric | Posted 01.09.2013 | Business
Linda Meric

Upholding diversity programs and using a holistic approach in considering qualified applicants, will create a more diverse classroom, a better-prepared workforce and a thriving economy.

Teacher In Post-Election Rant: 'Die, Oklahoma'

Posted 11.13.2012 | Education

An Oklahoma City high school science teacher and girls' volleyball coach is apologizing for an explosive, hate-filled rant he posted on Facebook Tuesd...

Critical Mess

Dr. Michael J. Feuer | Posted 01.06.2013 | College
Dr. Michael J. Feuer

One of the rhetorical puzzles that arose during Supreme Court arguments in the Fisher case poses a "catch-22" that could spell the end of affirmative action. The problem is that using numerical targets is illegal, but not using them might make the admissions process appear vague or unfair.

Oklahoma Would Suffer Under Ban of Programs That Expand Opportunity

Wade Henderson, Esq. | Posted 01.05.2013 | Politics
Wade Henderson, Esq.

Equal opportunity is not a zero-sum game. Policies and programs that expand opportunity help create shared prosperity, where everyone has a chance to succeed in education, work, and business. And when that happens, everyone wins.

Affirmative Action And The 'Critical Mass' Of Diversity In Religious Studies Departments

Deepak Sarma | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

Should affirmative action principles and practices help to form an ideal intellectual community and achieve a critical mass in religious studies departments? Should a department of religious studies have "equal representation" in the so-called world's religions?

Republican Racism Will Make Party Obsolete

Earnest Harris | Posted 12.29.2012 | Politics
Earnest Harris

Our country has come a long way to get to where we are as far as beginning to actually allow our multiculturalism to become more out there. America is not going back. And even if Romney could win this election, it won't change that.

The Formula for 'Equal Opportunity': Why Affirmative Action Isn't Enough

Michelle Chen | Posted 12.26.2012 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Half a century ago, people organized around the demand for real "equal opportunity," before it was diluted into just another political catch-phrase. Today, organizing communities, students, workers and unions to transform the system remains our best hope for reclaiming that promise.

The Supreme Court: The Elections and Beyond

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 12.25.2012 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

As voters, we bear the ultimate responsibility for making sure we know what kind of justice the candidates for president would likely appoint.

Educating for Democracy: Why Not Affirmative Action for 'Elite' High Schools?

Joel Shatzky | Posted 12.24.2012 | Education
Joel Shatzky

The recent decision by the United States Supreme Court to revisit "affirmative action" in college admissions leads me to the observation that the advantages of diversity in higher education could be applied as well to the specialized high schools in New York City.

Racial Preference Accusations Fly Ahead Of Key Vote

Posted 10.23.2012 | College

A report released Monday by the Center for Equal Opportunity, a conservative think thank, says the University of Oklahoma showed preference to African...

Mitt Romney - Endangered Species?

Allison Singh | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics
Allison Singh

Mitt Romney may be the last of his kind. No, I don't mean President Obama is turning America into a socialist state and rounding up the Romneys to strip them of their riches. What I do mean is that my generation is simply incapable producing another Romney.