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Lawsuits challenge affirmative action as discriminatory against Asian-Americans

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, November 17, 2014 at 11:19am
Harvard University

A newly formed group, the Students for Fair Representation, has filed suit challenging racial and other affirmative action preferences at Harvard and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The lawsuits are brought by the same law firm...

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The dead-end Case for Reparations

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 5:55pm
https://vimeo.com/96085302

The 15,000+ word essay by Ta-Nehisi Coates in The Atlantic, The Case for Reparations, is getting completely predictable reactions.

It’s looooong, which gives it a perceived weight which just is not there.  

In fact, there’s not much new there, except for historical anecdotes shedding detail but not light on what we already knew to be the history of slavery, segregation and discrimination:

… the crime with which reparations activists charge the country implicates more than just a few towns or corporations. The crime indicts the American people themselves, at every level, and in nearly every configuration. A crime that implicates the entire American people deserves its hearing in the legislative body that represents them.

…. No one can know what would come out of such a debate. Perhaps no number can fully capture the multi-century plunder of black people in America. Perhaps the number is so large that it can’t be imagined, let alone calculated and dispensed. But I believe that wrestling publicly with these questions matters as much as—if not more than—the specific answers that might be produced. An America that asks what it owes its most vulnerable citizens is improved and humane. An America that looks away is ignoring not just the sins of the past but the sins of the present and the certain sins of the future. More important than any single check cut to any African American, the payment of reparations would represent America’s maturation out of the childhood myth of its innocence into a wisdom worthy of its founders.

Coates never gives the answer as to who gets what and how.

And that’s ultimately the problem with reparations arguments that are not based upon the people causing the harm paying the people directly harmed by specific conduct soon after the conduct is remedied.

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Activist: Michigan Affirmative Action decision was “racist”

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, April 28, 2014 at 1:59pm
Affirmative Action Gratz

Yesterday, Chris Wallace featured two panelists to debate the outcome of a recent United States Supreme Court ruling on Affirmative Action and the use of race in the admissions process. The case upheld a Michigan voter referendum banning the use of race or gender based Affirmative Action programs in the public...

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U.S. Supreme Court upholds Michigan ban on affirmative action in Higher Ed

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 11:56am
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The decision was announced today (h/t Hot Air) in the case involving the Michigan referendum banning use of race in admissions in Higher Ed and other public services:

“The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national...

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Debate: “Affirmative action on campus does more harm than good”

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 2:00pm
http://youtu.be/AMHxH5yyj9M

Badger Pundit has the rundown on a debate at Harvard Law School over the proposition in the title of this post, Epic smackdown of affirmative action at Harvard — following debate, audience’s opposition rises nearly a third.

It’s a discussion that people on campuses don’t like to have. Good for Harvard Law...

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Justice Alito rips NY federal judge for requiring race- and sex-based law firm staffing

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, November 18, 2013 at 10:41am
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Supreme Court Justices occasionally issue statements in connection with the Court’s decision not to accept a case for review.  Sometimes the statement is in the nature of a dissent, other times just to make a point.

Justice Alito has issued a blistering statement in connection with the Court’s denial of a Petition...

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Saturday Night Card Game (Will banning racism be held racist?)

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, July 6, 2013 at 6:40pm

The Supreme Court has another affirmative action case on its docket for next term, as explained by Jennifer Gratz (the plaintiff in Gratz v. Bollinger / U. Michigan), The two-faced defense of affirmative action (emphasis added):

Though last week’s Supreme Court ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas was not what many people...

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Fisher and the obsession with racial preferences

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, July 1, 2013 at 10:32pm

A follow up to the Supreme Court’s decision in Fisher v. U. Texas.

John Yoo writes at National Review (emphasis mine):

Some conservatives are probably taking heart that the Court, by seven to one, reversed the lower court, which had upheld UT’s explicit use of racial preferences in its undergraduate admissions process….

But put me...

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Supreme Court Affirmative Action Decision

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, June 24, 2013 at 10:15am

[Note -- More decisions will be released Tuesday -- check back here at 10 a.m.]

Full opinion embedded at bottom of post

Via ScotusBlog live blog:

10:14 Amy Howe: The opoinion by Kennedy. The Fifth Circuit is vacated and remanded.

10:15 Amy Howe: The holding is because the Fifth Circuit did not hold the university...

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