July 26, 2009 |
America's war over affirmative action has gone on longer than any of the country's military conflicts, and over the decades each side of this debate has spawned a vast literature of argument. So I feel some dread in seeing the debate newly enlivened today. Yet the Sotomayor nomination , the Supreme Court's decision in the Ricci case and the election of our first black president make it inevitable. What is the future of group preferences in America? Doesn't a black president render them obsolete?
June 7, 2012
Regarding the June 1 news article " A case of a relationship on the mend ": I couldn't agree more with Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas's comment about Yale University's affirmative action policies tainting his law degree. Indeed, affirmative action stamps the recipients with the stigma of inferiority, insinuating that they couldn't get ahead on their own. This is a good reason for ending such programs once and for all. John D.S. Muhlenberg, Vienna
March 26, 2008 |
CHICAGO -- Sixteen months after voters in Michigan voted to kill affirmative action in the public sphere, opponents of preferences based on race and gender are pushing five more states to ban the practice. Foes of affirmative action, which is meant to address current and historical inequities, delivered 128,744 signatures to Colorado authorities earlier this month. Similar organizations in Arizona, Missouri, Oklahoma and Nebraska are circulating petitions as civil rights groups and educators are mobilizing to defeat the measures.
October 7, 2012 |
Gail Heriot and two other members of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights would like the Supreme Court to know that new research indicates that race-preferential admissions to America's top universities are hurting those they are supposed to help. "If this research is right, we now have fewer minority science and engineering graduates than we would have under race neutral admissions policies," Heriot said in an amicus brief filed along with fellow commissioners Peter Kirsanow and...
December 15, 2011 |
Chelsea Clinton wasn't that bad. She is educated and knowledgeable and has all kinds of access. Her first segment for NBC's "Making a Difference" brought needed attention to a deserving Arkansas woman mentoring low-income children in ways that don't involve cleaning toilets. (Sorry, Newt, but I could not resist .) Like other broadcast beginners before her, Clinton will gradually become more at ease in front of the camera. I even forgive her for running to become part of the media she ran...
August 13, 2012 |
The Obama administration urged the Supreme Court on Monday to continue to allow universities to take race into account when assembling their student bodies, saying the government has a "vital interest" in drawing its leaders from a diverse pool of college graduates. The administration supported the University of Texas, whose policy of considering race as one factor in deciding who will be admitted to the flagship university in Austin is being challenged. The case will be one...