September 4, 2013
Re "Race returns to high court," Aug. 31 California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a Michigan law that clearly buttresses the Constitution's equal protection clause (by barring racial preferences, which by design result in unequal protection) on the grounds that it violates that clause. It's as if she's asking the justices to rule that two plus two equals five. Such is the length to which affirmative action proponents must go in their desperate attempts to deny the plain fact that granting racial preferences is not merely an injustice but a clear, unambiguous violation of both the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Constitution's 14th Amendment.
August 29, 2013 |
Why is America so intent on killing affirmative action? Randall Kennedy's clear-eyed new book, "For Discrimination," offers many reasons, among them: As a remedy for racial injustice, albeit a modest one, affirmative action invokes slavery and, therefore, rattles the philosophical foundation of democracy and fairness upon which much of America believes the country was built. Another reason is that affirmative action is seen as increasingly incompatible with the aims of the so-called post-racial age in which a first black president would seem to argue against any more need for racial redress.
July 3, 2013 |
Supporters of affirmative action breathed a nervous sigh of relief last week when the Supreme Court essentially punted on a case that some had feared would have led to a gutting of racial preferences in admissions to state universities. But even if the court had declared such preferences unconstitutional, it doesn't follow that enrollment of minorities in higher education would have plummeted. Most colleges aren't highly selective. The political and legal debate about racial preferences is basically about a small sliver of highly competitive institutions.
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June 30, 2013 |
In the nearly two decades since California voters banned the use of affirmative action in college admissions, the two most competitive University of California schools - UCLA and Berkeley - saw enrollments of black and Latino students plunge and have struggled to recover. The UC system has adopted a number of recruiting and admissions measures to legally work around the 1996 ban, Proposition 209. But the enrollment of these two groups has not completely rebounded. At UCLA, for example, African American freshmen dropped from 7.1% of the class in 1995 to 3.6% last fall.
June 27, 2013
Re "Affirmative action lives on," Editorial, June 25 There is nothing admirable about the Supreme Court's ruling on affirmative action. Universities and corporations may benefit from diverse ideas, but using race and ethnicity as a means to achieve this implies that people of the same race or ethnicity share the same point of view. That is absurd. Affirmative action is a backward policy that divides Americans according to racial and ethnic lines. In an attempt to compensate for past injustices, it replaces old wrongs with new wrongs and inflames racial and ethnic tensions by giving preferential treatment to people of certain ethnic groups at the expense of others.