Category Archives: Affirmative Action

Smart People Saying Smart Things About The Abigail Fisher Affirmative Action Case

Today, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Fisher v University of Texas (pdf link). Although a surprise decision is always possible, it appears likely that the conservative majority will use this case to ban race-based affirmative action in college … Continue reading

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The Real Victim

Mark Halpern identifies the biggest concern about Souter’s replacement: Aw, poor white guys! We only make up seven of the nine Supreme Court Justices. Why, one of them’s a woman! And there’s even a black guy! What more do you … Continue reading

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Race in The Workplace: The "50% Brother/Sister"

Editor’s Note: I’m posting this hastily, so it still needs a cold proofread. You may notice a few little changes after I cold proofread it tonight. Ok, it should be fixed. My partner and I were having a discussion the … Continue reading

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Affirmative Action: How much does it cost whites?

[This post was originally written and posted in January of 2003, but it got dropped from the database in some blogmove or other, so I'm reposting it now.] One of the benefits of affirmative action in college admissions, it seems … Continue reading

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Affirmative Action Doesn't Increase Minority Drop-Out Rates. (Also, a Cato Institute report is less than honest – there's a shocker.)

In the comments of an earlier post, Robert Hayes has been arguing that racial preferences in college admission are bad because they harm minority students through what Robert calls “the ratchet effect.” But “the ratchet effect,” as Robert describes it, … Continue reading

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This Week In Politics

This has really been crazy week in politics. The American political system was in turmoil all week and, of course, the saga that leads up to the election played out like an episode of Dallas. Well, maybe not Dallas. I … Continue reading

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Anti Affirmative Action Cartoon On This Week's New Yorker

Since it’s a magazine that’s pretty solidly liberal, and which usually avoids overt issue cartoons on its cover, I was pretty surprised by the current New Yorker cover, which seems to me to be a pretty blatantly anti-affirmative action piece. … Continue reading

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Race, Gender, and Affirmative Action in the Hiring Process

In a recent post about affirmative action in India we had a relatively good discussion going in the comments section, but what I realized is that most people don’t have a real understanding of what affirmative action is and how … Continue reading

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The Meritocracy Myth: An Interview with Lani Guinier

Dollars and Sense has a terrific interview with Lani Guinier (via Blackfeminism), questioning how the idea of “merit” has been applied in law school admissions. Here’s a sample, but it’s worth reading the whole thing. Relying on things like the … Continue reading

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Covert Affirmative Action for Men in College Admissions

It’s been a fairly open secret for years that some colleges give a preference to men in admissions, but as far as I know it’s never been shown in an empirical study before. From the Montreal Gazette: Men appear to … Continue reading

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