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
June 24, 2013 |
The Supreme Court decision on affirmative action could have been a lot worse. Given the court's ideological tilt, in fact, it was probably the best we could have hoped for. This is a "dog that didn't bark" kind of story: In a 7 to 1 ruling, the justices ordered a lower court to reconsider its decision upholding the University of Texas's admissions policy. A tougher standard must be applied, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority, in evaluating the school's practice of using the applicant's race as one of several...
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...
June 24, 2013 |
Negassi Tesfamichael will be a senior at Marquette University High School in Milwaukee. When I apply to college this fall, I will mark the box labeled "Black or African American" on the Common Application . As the implications of the Supreme Court's ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas become understood and the nation examines the role race plays in achieving diversity , I wonder whether I should qualify for affirmative action....
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...