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Supreme Court Affirmative Action

The Life and (Near Death Experience) of Affirmative Action--but what of its Soul?

Matthew W. Hughey | Posted 07.01.2016 | Black Voices
Matthew W. Hughey

Affirmative action lives. Sort of.

Is Racism Still Alive In America? That's Affirmative

Eric Cooper | Posted 07.04.2016 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

One Supreme Court decision does not cure 400 years of racism, and in fact, immediately after the decision, it was clear that some in our society still don't get it.

Affirmative Action Is Great For White Women. So Why Do They Hate It?

The Huffington Post | Chloe Angyal | Posted 06.23.2016 | Politics

On Thursday, the Supreme Court narrowly upheld affirmative action in higher education admissions, protecting a landmark victory of the Civil Rights mo...

Making Affirmative Action Work

Tom Caramanno | Posted 01.05.2016 | College
Tom Caramanno

By expanding the notion of diversity to include those who are economically and socially diverse, colleges would be admitting a much more heterogeneous student body and may actually come closer to achieving their goals.

Justice Scalia, Affirmative Action and the Perils of Oral Argument

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 12.15.2015 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Although I often disagree with Justice Scalia, and although I emphatically disagree with him about the constitutionality of affirmative action, the outrage and condemnation sparked by this comment is completely unwarranted.

The Re-Education of Justice Scalia

Patricia McGuire | Posted 12.13.2015 | College
Patricia McGuire

Justice Scalia should know better; if nothing other than judicial temperament could guide him, he should know that a wise judge must think twice before opening his mouth to say something really stupid and highly prejudicial in front of the parties arguing their case before him.

Supreme Court Justices Look Anew At Affirmative Action In Texas

Associated Press | Igor Bobic | Posted 12.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Basketball coaches, leading military officers and many of the country's biggest businesses agree that the Supreme Court should pre...

We're Not Racist... Are We? The Case for Affirmative Action in Fisher v. U of Texas

Steve Nelson | Posted 10.21.2015 | Education
Steve Nelson

The plaintiffs and their supporters would have you believe that racial discrimination and hatred are things of the past. They regard affirmative action as "reverse racism," as though such a thing can possibly exist. Racism requires power and privilege, attributes in short supply in communities of color.

Playing the Long Game: Fisher v. University of Texas and the Future of Race-Conscious Admissions Programs

Deborah N. Archer | Posted 10.05.2015 | Black Voices
Deborah N. Archer

We should all be paying close attention to the Fisher case, not just because of what it means for future of diversity at the University of Texas, but because of the potential impact it could have on the ability of colleges and universities across the country to welcome student bodies that reflect the full diversity of America.

Stuck on Simple: The Challenge of Moving Beyond Diversity to Inclusion

Deborah N. Archer | Posted 09.14.2016 | Black Voices
Deborah N. Archer

When it comes to affirmative action, we remain stuck on simple. This is part of a national trend where we keep debating seemingly straightforward, and long-resolved, questions and therefore are unable to tackle the harder questions that could bring us closer to true equality.

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.

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.

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.

Ryan J. Reilly

Feds Remind Schools That Supreme Court Didn't Completely Kill Affirmative Action

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 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.

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.

If The Supreme Court Says Racism Is Pretty Much Over, Why Are So Many People Still Being So Racist?

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing & Shadee Ashtari | Posted 04.29.2014 | Politics

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in June that a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act designed to prevent racial discrimination in certain votin...

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.

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.

How Americans Feel About Affirmative Action Policies

The Huffington Post | Stephen Calabria | Posted 04.22.2014 | College

A wide majority of Americans support affirmative action programs on college campuses, according to a poll published Tuesday by the Pew Research Center...

Scalia: 14th Amendment Protects Everyone, Not 'Only The Blacks'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics

During oral arguments on an affirmative action case on Tuesday, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said the 14th Amendment protects everyone, not "o...

Will Affirmative Action Ban Stay?

Reuters | Posted 12.15.2013 | College

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON, Oct 15 (Reuters) - In a potential boost to opponents of affirmative action, the conservative majority o...

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.