October 14, 2013 |
In 2006, Michigan voters banned affirmative action at the state's public universities. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments challenging that ban. If you support affirmative action, you must hope that the court will strike it down, right? Alas, it's not that simple. This case isn't about whether state universities may provide preferential treatment in their admissions policies. Rather, the question is whether the voters of Michigan violated the U.S. Constitution when they amended the state Constitution to say that universities "shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin.
September 28, 2013 |
In the wake of a recent Supreme Court ruling that narrowed but did not do away with affirmative action in college admissions, the Obama administration has reaffirmed its commitment to using race as a factor in college admissions to help increase campus diversity. In a letter to college and university presidents, the departments of Education and Justice reminded educators that the Supreme Court in June ruled that race could still be used as a factor in admissions, as long as the race-based policies were necessary to achieve diversity.
September 4, 2013
Re "A game changer," Aug. 31 AB 1309, the bill in California that would drastically limit professional sports leagues' liability for workers' compensation claims, seemed to make sense until I read this fact buried deep in the article: that out-of-state athletes have accounted for only one-half of 1% of all workers' comp filings since 2006. These claims are paid with taxpayer money, and under AB 1309, out-of-state workers in other professions would still be eligible to file claims in California.
September 4, 2013
Re "Filner's agenda could live on," Sept. 2 I guess I'm the die-hard Bob Filner loyalist who claims that his achievements were greater than his failings, mainly because he realized so much in only nine months as mayor of San Diego. Three more years certainly would have allowed him to do more on his agenda for the environment and the middle class. Surely his decisiveness and fearlessness were strongly connected to his "bullying, confrontational style. " I also consider myself a die-hard feminist.
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.