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  • Administration Desperately Courting George Zimmerman To Replace Lesbian Secret Service Director

    10/01/2014 12:29:26 PM PDT · by IChing · 13 replies
    ClashDaily.com ^ | 10/01/2014 | Donald Joy
    The following is only partly satire; the rest is pure fact. Being able to discern which is which disqualifies the reader from government employment or contracting. As the old saying goes, “desperate times call for desperate measures.” With the glaring klieg lights of harsh congressional scrutiny being thrown onto several grave and alarming security lapses around the President and First Family, a humiliated and confused Obama administration is urgently in need of expert help. So much so, in fact, that they’re now awkwardly reaching out to someone whose skill at detecting suspicious perimeter intrusion at a gated complex (not to...
  • Morning Joe Friction Over Whether Pierson Was Affirmative Action Hire Has Geist Smirking at Mika

    10/01/2014 5:42:37 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 27 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Imus would call it a "tension convention." There was palpable friction among members of the Morning Joe team today on the question of whether Secret Service Director Julia Pierson was an affirmative action hire. By the end, the almost unfailingly affable Willie Geist was smirking in frustration at Mika Brzezinski. When Brzezinski first broached the sensitive-for-liberals subject, she suggested that she was going to go further than her male colleagues dared. But by the time she circled back to the topic, Mika had for some reason lost her nerve. She was suddenly so cautious that Donny Deutsch chided her for...
  • Affirmative Action Granted for Non-English University Students

    09/13/2014 3:38:43 PM PDT · by InspCallahan · 10 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sept. 12, 2013 | John Bennett
    <p>Imagine an immigrant father who tells his family, ‘We must improve our English and speak it in the home, because we're in a new country where English is the first step to success.’ In 1914, his statement would have carried great moral authority. He would have been right. But now the answer is, ‘No, you silly old man, you'll ruin my chance to get into the University of Texas.’</p>
  • [visibly angry] State trooper slams 'criminals' in Ferguson as 31 arrested following latest unrest

    08/19/2014 2:09:40 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 19, 2014
    ......................"A visibly angry [Missouri State Police Capt. Ron ] Johnson said that officers had come under heavy gunfire from protesters and at least two people had been shot. Johnson said he did not know the condition of the shooting victims. Four officers had been injured when they were struck by rocks or bottles, though Johnson claimed that police had not fired a single shot. Citing what he called a "dangerous dynamic in the night," Johnson requested that protests take place during the daylight hours, so that officers could effectively isolate any troublemakers. However, Johnson said that his forces could not...
  • White students no longer to be majority in school

    08/09/2014 5:17:03 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 49 replies
    AP ^ | 9 Aug 14 | KIMBERLY HEFLING and JESSE J. HOLLAND
    KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. (AP) -- The cheerful sign outside Jane Cornell's summer school classroom in Pennsylvania's wealthiest county says "Welcome" and "Bienvenidos" in polished handwriting. Inside, giggling grade-schoolers who mostly come from homes where Spanish is the primary language worked on storytelling with a tale about a crocodile going to the dentist. The children and their classroom at the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center, near both mushroom farms and the borough's bucolic red-brick downtown, are a subtle reminder of America's changing school demographics. For the first time ever, U.S. public schools are projected this fall to have more minority students...
  • Half of air traffic controller job offers go to people with no aviation experience

    07/31/2014 7:50:44 AM PDT · by george76 · 41 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 30, 2014 | Jon Hilkevitch
    More than half of the latest batch of air-traffic controller job offers nationwide went to people with no aviation experience as part of a program designed to expand hiring among the general public, the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday. About 22,500 people without an aviation background initially applied. Of those, 837 were offered jobs. The remainder of the roughly 1,600 new controller slots went to more traditional applicants, including military veterans with aviation experience and accredited aviation school graduates. The hiring breakdown marks a major shift in FAA recruitment strategy, which is now geared toward trying to keep ahead of...
  • Shirtless Wade McCree May Be Heading To The Supreme Court ( Michigan )

    07/28/2014 12:28:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Above the law ^ | 23 Jul 2014 | Joe Patrice
    Judge of the Millennium Wade McCree has a special place in the hearts of ATL’s writers. The former Wayne County circuit judge had a penchant for disrobing for shirtless selfies and sex in his chambers, and was consequently disrobed by the Michigan Supreme Court. On Monday, the Sixth Circuit correctly (if you mean “applying the law as it currently exists,” and “incorrectly” if you mean “adopting the better policy”) held that Judge McCree is immune from a civil suit brought by a man McCree slapped with a tether and high child support payments. The man’s complaint is that while Judge...
  • Do Blacks Need Favors?

    07/22/2014 7:40:40 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    Capitalism Magazine ^ | July 22, 2014 | By Walter Williams
    Earlier this month, the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act was celebrated. During the act’s legislative debate, then-Sen. Hubert Humphrey, responding to predictions, promised, “I’ll eat my hat if this leads to racial quotas.” I don’t know whether Humphrey got around to keeping his promise, but here’s my question: Is it within the capacity of black Americans to make it in this society without the special favors variously called racial preferences, quotas, affirmative action and race-sensitive policies? What might a “yes” answer to that question assume and imply about blacks? Likewise, what would a “no” answer assume and imply?...
  • Affirmative Action In College Grading

    07/22/2014 4:30:55 AM PDT · by LeoMcNeil · 29 replies
    W. Lee Hansen, an economics professor at the University of Wisconsin, has argued for affirmative action in grading. The distribution of grades should be based on race rather than merit according to the professor. One imagines that a certain percentage of minority and female students would be required to get A’s regardless of whether they actually achieved an A grade. It is unclear whether the same is true at the bottom of the grading scale, though considering the purposes behind the professor’s proposal it’s unlikely. This sort of proposal isn’t just racist and sexist against white men. It’s racist and...
  • Appeals Court: Texas Can Use Race in Admissions

    07/15/2014 3:35:59 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 49 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 15, 2014 | By WILL WEISSERT and PAUL J. WEBER
    A federal appeals court panel ruled Tuesday that the University of Texas can continue using race as a factor in undergraduate admissions as a way of promoting diversity on campus, the latest in an ongoing case that made it to the U.S. Supreme Court last year only to be sent back to lower courts for further review. In a 2-1 ruling, judges from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that barring the university from using race would ultimately lead to a less diverse student body in defiance of previous legal precedent that promoting diversity was an important part...
  • Sowell: A Primer on Race ("Please Stop Helping Us")

    07/07/2014 11:41:11 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 8, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Back in the heyday of the British Empire, a man from one of the colonies addressed a London audience. "Please do not do any more good in my country," he said. "We have suffered too much already from all the good that you have done." That is essentially the message of an outstanding new book by Jason Riley about blacks in America. Its title is "Please Stop Helping Us." Its theme is that many policies designed to help blacks are in fact harmful, sometimes devastatingly so. These counterproductive policies range from minimum wage laws to "affirmative action" quotas. This book...
  • Affirmative Action: Perpetuate or Phase Out?

    07/05/2014 2:24:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | July 5, 2014 | Howard Kainz
    One of the most important “precepts” of the natural law, enunciated by Aquinas, Suarez, Grotius, and other theorists, is the duty to work for, and contribute to, harmonious and just social and political conditions, according to one’s abilities and state in life. The principle now known as “affirmative action” is obviously in line with this precept, insofar as it is geared to addressing some glaring inequalities in education, housing, employment, college admissions, status and promotions in the workplace, wages and salaries, etc. This principle or “movement” has been particularly utilized in America to alleviate situations where there had been systematic...
  • Conservatives say the U.S. has done enough to create equality for blacks. Young liberals agree.

    07/02/2014 9:06:14 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 4 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 1, 2014 | Emily Badger
    One last dip into a big Pew survey we've been discussing about on the politics and policy views of Americans. Pew surveyed more than 10,000 adults earlier this year on topics ranging from their views of Hillary Rodham Clinton to taking the bus, and the report divides their responses along a set of political typologies that group respondents into generally coherent categories across the range of policy issues: i.e., the "business conservative," the "solid liberal," the young "next generation left." Across that spectrum, there is not surprisingly wide disagreement on racial progress in America and the steps government still must...
  • Our New Chief Diversity Officer

    06/27/2014 11:31:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 27, 2014 | Mike Adams
    Gary Miller must really be angry about getting run off as chancellor of UNC-Wilmington. On his way out the door, he's left us with more bad news. Apparently, five diversity offices and a small army of administrators to manage them just isn't enough diversity spending. So we are adding a new Chief Diversity Officer to head the main Office of Diversity and Inclusion - one who will also sit on the white chancellor's cabinet and shield him from accusations of racism in exchange for a six-digit salary that will drive up tuition and consequently reduce black enrollment. The advertisement for...
  • Sotomayor: Affirmative action options don’t work

    06/23/2014 12:26:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 22, 2014 3:30 PM EDT | Kevin Freking
    Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor rejected on Sunday the notion that alternatives to affirmative action such as income or residency could achieve similar results in diversifying the nation’s colleges and universities. […] Sotomayor is the first Hispanic on the Supreme Court and graduated from Princeton University. She said her alma mater could fill its freshman class with students who scored perfectly on undergraduate metrics, but it chooses not to do so because it would not create a diverse class based on standards the school considers important for success in life. …
  • Justice Sonia Sotomayor Defends Affirmative Action [Obama's Supreme Court Plant!]

    06/22/2014 12:09:34 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 22, 2014 | ROBERT BARNES
    Justice Sonia Sotomayor Defends Affirmative Action BY ROBERT BARNES June 22 Justice Sonia Sotomayor said she supports affirmative action in higher education because she believes that alternatives based on geographic or economic status don’t work to ensure a diverse student body. Sotomayor has said race-conscious programs in the 1970s that opened Ivy League schools to minorities were essential to her rise from the Bronx public housing projects to her admission to Princeton and Yale Law School, where she excelled. Sotomayor, the court’s first Latina, was asked by George Stephanopoulos in a segment taped for ABC’s “This Week” about programs that...
  • FAA changes hiring practices for air traffic controllers ignoring qualified students and vets

    06/10/2014 8:32:42 PM PDT · by massmike · 24 replies
    thedenverchannel.com ^ | 06/10/2014 | John Ferrugia, Catherine Shelley
    DENVER - Thousands of potential FAA air traffic control trainees, with College Initiative Training (CTI) degrees or previous military experience, have been told by the federal agency they are no longer eligible for job interviews. Instead, the FAA has decided to accept less qualified applicants, apparently to satisfy concerns that the agency needs a more diverse workforce. "We were told through the FAA, if you want to be a controller you need to go through one of our CTI-approved programs," said CTI graduate Ryan Meryhew. In the past, Ryan Meryhew would have been considered "highly qualified" for the FAA's air...
  • Let’s Set Aside Set-Asides (in government contracting)

    06/06/2014 10:23:58 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | June 16, 2014 | Terry Eastland
    In our episodic “national conversation about race,” perhaps it is time to take notice of Rothe Development Corporation of San Antonio, Texas, which, you could say, has been having its own conversation about race—in the federal courts. Rothe is a government contractor that has now brought two lawsuits challenging racial preferences in federal contracting, winning the first, which was filed in 1998 and decided in 2008, and hoping, of course, to win the second, which was filed in 2012 and could go to the Supreme Court while President Obama is in office. At stake, ultimately, is whether the government will...
  • UCLA: The Cheating Strategies of a Racist College

    06/03/2014 8:14:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 06/03/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Every professor knows that you can’t prevent students from cheating. Every safeguard can be overcome. Only the ethical makeup of a student will prevent him from cheating. The same is true of a university. Unfortunately UCLA had its own sense of ethics which not only made cheating ethical and mandatory, but also made covering up that cheating equally ethical and mandatory.Tim Groseclose’s “Cheating: An Insider’s Report on the Use of Race in Admissions at UCLA” exposes how the school dodged California’s ban on racial preferences. Groseclose, a professor of American Politics, saw the abuses up close while on the admissions...
  • MTV Poll: 88% of Millennials Think Affirmative Action Is Unfair

    05/20/2014 4:07:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 19, 2014 - 4:48 PM | Matt Vespa
    A MTV survey found something shocking about Millennials: 88% think affirmative action policies are unfair. Translation: 88% of Millennials are racist, or something. Well, at least that’s probably how the folks at MSNBC will take it. […] The survey found that 88% oppose such programs because they “believe that favoring one race over another is unfair, because of their belief in equality.” …
  • College Wins US Debate Championship By Repeating the N-Word Over and Over.

    05/20/2014 7:19:40 AM PDT · by Antioch · 38 replies
    The pundit press ^ | May 5, 2014 | Aurelius
    On March 24, Towson University won the 2014 Cross Examination Debate Association’s national championship. Towson defeated the University of Oklahoma. What was Towson’s strategy? Inexplicably using the N-word over and over again in an incomprehensible tirade. Here is an actual excerpt (with profanity redacted). See if you are able to tell what Towson is arguing in favor or against: They say the n*****s always already qu***, that’s exactly the point! It means the impact is that the that the is the impact term, uh, to the afraid, uh, the, that it is a case term to the affirmative because, we,...
  • Eradicating racism not what the left really wants

    05/19/2014 2:04:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Macomb County Advisor & Source ^ | May 11, 2014 | Julie Szydlowski
    Two recent incidents -- the US Supreme Court's decision to uphold Michigan's ban on affirmative action and LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling's bigoted comments - underscore what the left so badly wants us to believe: that white America is inherently, hopelessly racist. Unfortunately it seems the left - which ignores racism committed by non-whites -- wants to use racism to impose draconian control measures on private citizens, while convincing minorities the left is their only hope for justice. The Court's ruling on Michigan's affirmative action ban, for instance, should be considered a victory to anyone claiming to want a color-blind...
  • Affirmative action amendment divides state's Asian Americans

    05/19/2014 11:09:40 AM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 14 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 5/18/2014 | Frank Shyong
    The alarming messages began appearing on Chinese-language social media networks in early February: A proposal in the California Legislature would cut the number of Asian students admitted to UC schools. . . . The sudden backlash against affirmative action took mainstream Asian American political leaders by surprise. . . . "These are two different worlds," said Karthick Ramakrishnan, a political science professor at UC Riverside. "And a big part of the difference in opinions is how the issues are presented to them." . . . The amendment would simply ask California voters whether the ban on affirmative action in public...
  • College Offers Discounted Prices at Sale If Students Identify as “Women, Disabled, Queer, or Black”

    05/09/2014 11:22:00 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 20 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 5/9/14 | Aurelius
    In order to bring light to "the gender pay gap," the University of Western Australia Student Guild had a bake sale early this week that offered discounted prices to people it believes are being oppressed by white males and "the system." The UWA Guild posted prices at a cut rate for people who either "identified" as women or as a number of other things, such as "queer," "disabled," "a person of coulour," or "imdigenous [sic]." The prices were then followed by the Twitter hashtag, "iamworthmore," which begs the question: if you are worth more, then why are you intentionally lowering...
  • Bloomberg Writer Attacks Sen. Tim Scott as ‘Affirmative Action’ Token

    05/09/2014 6:57:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/09/2014 | Tim Cavanaugh
    Senator Tim Scott is a product of Republican reverse racism and low expectations, according to a Bloomberg News editorial board member. In a racially charged screed entitled “Do Republicans Lower the Bar for Blacks?” Francis Wilkinson dismisses South Carolina Republican Scott, the first African-American to represent a southern state since the Republican senators of the Reconstruction era, as a “thing most rare and precious” who offers the GOP “both an absolution for the past and a shield for the present and future.” Wilkinson offers little evidence for his thesis, and at least one claim — that Scott has achieved...
  • UCLA Professor Blows Whistle on Illegal Admissions Practices at University

    05/08/2014 4:38:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 8, 2014 | Larry Elder
    In 1996 California voters passed Proposition 209, which prohibited discrimination or preferential treatment based on race, ethnicity or sex in admissions to public college and universities. But the moment 209 passed, UCLA, according to a new book, set about figuring ways around it. "Cheating: An Insider's Report on the Use of Race in Admissions at UCLA," by Professor Tim Groseclose, describes what the author insists are illegal admissions practices that he witnessed at UCLA. Groseclose's story begins in 2008 when, as a member of a faculty oversight committee for admissions, he asked for a random set of application files. He...
  • Coming End to Racial Preferences

    05/07/2014 7:03:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 7, 2014 | Waltewr E. Williams
    Last week's U.S. Supreme Court 6-2 ruling in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action et al. upheld Michigan's constitutional amendment that bans racial preferences in admission to its public universities. Justice Sonia Sotomayor lashed out at her colleagues in a bitter dissent, calling them "out of touch with reality." She went on to make the incredible argument that the amendment, which explicitly forbids racial discrimination, itself amounts to racial discrimination. Her argument was that permissible "race-sensitive admissions policies," the new name for racial preferences, both serve the compelling interest of obtaining the educational benefits that flow from a diverse...
  • College Wins US Debate Championship By Repeating the N-Word Over and Over, Speaking Incomprehensibly

    05/05/2014 9:10:09 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 52 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 5/5/14 | Aurelius
    ...Towson University won the 2014 Cross Examination Debate Association's national championship. Towson defeated the University of Oklahoma. What was Towson's strategy? Inexplicably using the N-word over and over again in an incomprehensible tirade. Here is an actual excerpt (with profanity redacted). See if you are able to tell what Towson is arguing in favor or against: They say the n*****s always already qu***, that's exactly the point! It means the impact is that the that the is the impact term, uh, to the afraid, uh, the, that it is a case term to the affirmative because, we, uh, we're saying...
  • Affirmative Action takes another hit in Supreme Court

    05/01/2014 10:39:42 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/1/14 | Doug Book
    Last year, the Supreme Court ruled that the nations Colleges and Universities must be prepared to demonstrate that all non-race based attempts to achieve student diversity have failed before the use of racial preference may be considered. And on April 22nd, in a 6-2 decision, the Court ruled in Schuette v BAMN that Proposal 2, a constitutional amendment approved by Michigan voters which “…end[s] racial preferences in many aspects of state government,” does not violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution by denying any person the “equal protection of the law.” In 2003, the Supreme Court decided that the...
  • Finally, the end of affirmative action

    05/01/2014 7:44:35 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 31 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 5/1/14 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Sometimes doctrines just vanish, once they appear as naked as the proverbial emperor in his new clothes. Something like that seems now to be happening with affirmative action. Despite all the justifications for its continuance, polling shows the public still strongly disagrees with the idea of using racial criteria for admissions and hiring. Its dwindling supporters typically include those who directly benefit from it, or who are not adversely affected by it. Arguments for the continuance of affirmative action are half-hearted and may explain why some supporters descend into name-calling directed at those who dare question its premises. The Supreme...
  • The End of Affirmative Action

    05/01/2014 5:00:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 1, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Sometimes doctrines just vanish, once they appear as naked as the proverbial emperor in his new clothes. Something like that seems now to be happening with affirmative action. Despite all the justifications for its continuance, polling shows the public still strongly disagrees with the idea of using racial criteria for admissions and hiring. Its dwindling supporters typically include those who directly benefit from it, or who are not adversely affected by it. Arguments for the continuance of affirmative action are half-hearted and may explain why some supporters descend into name-calling directed at those who dare question its premises. The Supreme...
  • Sonia Quotamayor: Product of Affirmative Action

    04/30/2014 7:40:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/30/2014 | William Levinson
    Myths, legends, and anthropology all state that the power to name a thing is the power to control or destroy it. A simple and devastating public relations technique is, therefore, to attach a memorable and accurate name to somebody. The Allies, for example, named General Fedor Bock "Der Sterber" ("Let's go get killed") due to his callous remark that it was the function of the German soldier to die for Germany, and they made sure his soldiers knew it. This article will similarly name Sonia Sotomayor, a jurist who seems to confuse the role of the U.S. Supreme Court with...
  • Justice Sotomayor: Saying it's so, Makes it so

    04/29/2014 7:54:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 29, 2014 | Bill Murchison
    The nice thing about modern America is that, if you don't like a certain form of reality, you can always make up your own version. It helps to have a few federal judges in your corner -- such as the ones currently busy with re-imagining marriage as an institution open, on an equality basis, to same-sex as well as different-sex pairings. Then there's Justice Sonia Sotomayor, declaring that a call for no racial discrimination is tantamount to a call for racial discrimination of a very racial, and detestable, sort. Joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sotomayor last week let loose...
  • Euphemizing Affirmative Action

    04/27/2014 5:41:58 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 4/27/2014 | George Will
    <p>Anodyne euphemisms often indicate an uneasy conscience or a political anxiety. Or both, as when the 1976 Democratic platform chose “compensatory opportunity” as a way of blurring the fact that the party favored racial discrimination in the form of preferences and quotas for certain government-favored minorities in such matters as government hiring, contracting, and college admissions.</p>
  • The Coming End of Affirmative Action

    04/26/2014 7:09:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 26, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    Amidst all the opinions out of the nation's highest court on Tuesday -- majority and minority, concurring in part and dissenting in part, or just too vague to classify -- was there any clear message? Yes. Definitely. But you had to peer through all the legal haze, an admix of angry rhetoric and discreet evasions, in order to divine where the Supreme Court of the United States is headed on the always simmering issue of race-based admissions to the country's colleges and universities. But it's finally headed in the right direction, however many zigs and zags the learned justices may...
  • A Supreme Need for Educational Diversity

    04/25/2014 5:40:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 25, 2014 | Scott Rasmussen
    In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ended legal segregation in public schools with a unanimous 9-0 decision in Brown v. Board of Education. While the ruling paved the way for future integration of American society, the court itself was far from integrated. The decision was reached by nine white men. It wasn't until Thurgood Marshall was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1967 that the all-white barrier was broken. It took until 1981 before a woman was confirmed as a justice. Since then, Italian-American and Hispanic-American justices have been added to the mix. A more diverse court is a good...
  • Unofficial Enforcer of Ruling on Race in College Admissions

    04/24/2014 10:01:48 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 8 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 7, 2014 | Adam Liptak
    ... Mr. Blum does not give up easily. He has started a series of websites seeking plaintiffs. “Were you denied admission to the University of North Carolina?” one asks. “It may be because you’re the wrong race.” The site features a picture of a student who appears to be Asian-American. There is a form to fill out and a bit of hand holding. Mr. Blum’s group, the Project on Fair Representation, “covers all expenses,” the site says. “In every similar case during the last 12 years or so, no individual was required to appear or testify in any court or...
  • The 'Wise Latina' jumped the shark (On Affirmative Action)

    04/24/2014 7:17:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/24/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Conservatives may, in the long run, owe a thank-you to the “Wise Latina.” Justice Sonia Sotomayor jumped the shark Tuesday with her lengthy dissent from the Schuette decision, read aloud from the bench. Although the liberal media sympathize with her and presented the decision as a setback, the positions she took are at variance with both the clear meaning of the text of the Constitution and with the sentiments of the vast majority of Americans, who consistently vote against racial preferences whenever they get the chance. John Hinderaker of Powerline concisely summed up the essence of the position argued by...
  • Why Should Colleges Be Blind to Color and Nothing Else?

    04/23/2014 4:19:48 PM PDT · by kristinn · 33 replies
    Creators.com ^ | Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | Jill Lawrence
    If you don't like affirmative action, the Supreme Court has a clear signal for you: Go for it. When Michigan voters approved a ballot initiative to ban race as a consideration in admission to state schools, the high court said that they were simply exercising their privilege to bypass unresponsive public officials and make laws themselves. So what's next? Will spindly, graceless people, still smarting over being picked last for every team underwrite ballot initiatives that ban consideration of the genetic gift of athletic talent? What about the genetic windfall of alumni parents? Will courts someday be asked to decide...
  • Sotomayor accuses colleagues of trying to ‘wish away’ racial inequality

    04/23/2014 10:33:55 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 49 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/23/14 | Robert Barnes
    <p>Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s fierce defense of the affirmative action efforts such as the ones that helped move her from a Bronx housing project to the upper echelons of American law found renewed voice Tuesday in an impassioned dissent that accused colleagues of trying to “wish away” racial inequality — and drew a tart response from Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.</p>
  • Holder says Sotomayor's affirmative action dissent was 'courageous'

    04/23/2014 9:42:15 AM PDT · by maggief · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 23, 2014 | Rebecca Shabad
    Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday called Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s dissent in the Supreme Court’s latest affirmative action ruling “courageous.” At an event on diversity within the Justice Department, Holder said it’s tempting to think the struggle to overcome discrimination has ended when people like him or President Obama have reached the nation’s highest ranks. But he said the fight for equal rights is not over. "[This] great country still has a ways to go before our founding promise of equal justice and equal opportunity is fully realized,” he said. Holder quoted Sotomayor in the dissent she filed a day...
  • The only way to end racial discrimination is…through racial discrimination?

    04/23/2014 9:01:57 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 8 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 4-23-2014 | MOTUS
    “Justice Sotomayor seemed to mock one of Chief Justice Roberts’s most memorable lines. In a 2007 decision that limited the use of race to achieve integration in public school systems, he wrote, ‘The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.’” On the contrary, the Wise Latina believes that the only way to end discrimination on the basis of race is…to discriminate on the basis of race.Let’s examine the basis for her contention, beginning with Big Guy’s basis for social justice: empathy: But it’s those five percent of the...
  • The Scalia – Sotomayor Thunderdome: A slug-fest in the footnotes on the affirmative action case

    04/22/2014 6:32:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/22/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Ed Morrissey already brought you up to date on the SCOTUS decision regarding the Michigan referendum that ended affirmative action in college admissions, so if you happened to miss the story, read that first. It was one of the more raucous decisions in a while, with plenty of twists and turns in terms of who went with the majority or the dissent and what they said. But the Washington Examiner dug a bit deeper later in the day, finding what amounted to a bit of a slug-fest in the footnotes between Sonia Sotomayor and Antonin Scalia. The scuffle erupted over...
  • Sotomayor accuses colleagues of trying to ‘wish away’ racial inequality

    04/22/2014 5:49:15 PM PDT · by Mandingo Conservative · 70 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 22 2014 | Robert Barnes
    Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s fierce defense of the affirmative action efforts like the ones that helped move her from a Bronx housing project to the upper echelons of American law found renewed voice Tuesday in an impassioned dissent that accused colleagues of trying to “wish away” racial inequality — and drew a tart response from Chief Justice John G. Roberts
  • Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Affirmative Action Ban

    04/22/2014 4:51:40 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    WSJ ^ | April 22, 2014 3:23 p.m. ET | Jess Bravin
    "Our state Constitution requires equal treatment in college admissions, because it is fundamentally wrong to treat people differently based on the color of their skin," Republican Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said. "A majority of Michigan voters embraced the ideal of equal treatment in 2006, and today their decision was affirmed." ... Justice Sonia Sotomayor, joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, filed a 58-page dissent and summarized it from the bench—a signal that the court's minority strongly disagrees with the majority. Justice Sotomayor wrote that Michigan voters "changed the basic rules of the political process in that State in a...
  • Supreme Court’s Affirmative Action Ruling: An Explainer

    04/22/2014 11:58:20 AM PDT · by yldstrk · 35 replies
    WSJ ^ | April 22, 2014 | Ashby Jones
    Tuesday’s ruling by the Supreme Court on the use of race as a criteria in colleges’ and universities’ admissions policies is the latest blow to affirmative action programs. What happened? In a 6-2 ruling – Justice Elena Kagan did not participate – the court essentially found that the U.S. Constitution does not bar voters in a state from banning the use of race as a factor in considering whether someone should be admitted to a state college or university. Is the ruling at odds with recent Supreme Court rulings upholding the use of race in admissions? It’s true that in...
  • U.S. Supreme Court upholds Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions

    04/22/2014 7:28:04 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 136 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | April 22, 2014 | Kellie Woodhouse
    The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Michigan's controversial ban on affirmative action in public college admissions in a divided opinion released Tuesday morning, preserving a status quo that's contributed to dwindling minority enrollment at the state's flagship colleges. The high court's decision is a blow to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, which has come under fire for low minority enrollment. Blacks comprise just 4.6 percent of undergraduates this year, compared to 8.9 percent in 1995 and 7 percent in 2006. University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman and admissions director Ted Spencer have decried the affirmative action ban, saying...
  • The Problem with Dartmouth

    04/18/2014 11:18:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2014 | Linda Chavez
    Dartmouth College has a problem. Protestors occupied the president's office at the Ivy League school a couple of weeks ago and demanded more "womyn or people of color" faculty, coverage of sex-change operations on the student health plan, and "gender-neutral bathrooms," among other things. Now Dartmouth President Philip J. Hanlon has responded with a call "to end the extreme behaviors that are in conflict with our mission." But Hanlon's aim seems focused almost exclusively on the campus fraternity system, and his solution -- a committee to look into "high-risk drinking, sexual assault and inclusivity" -- appears more a way to...
  • Yes, IQ Really Matters

    04/18/2014 3:45:02 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 79 replies
    Slate ^ | 4/16/14 | David Z. Hambrick and Christopher Chabris
    Critics of the SAT and other standardized testing are disregarding the data. The College Board—the standardized testing behemoth that develops and administers the SAT and other tests—has redesigned its flagship product again. Beginning in spring 2016, the writing section will be optional, the reading section will no longer test “obscure” vocabulary words, and the math section will put more emphasis on solving problems with real-world relevance. Overall, as the College Board explains on its website, “The redesigned SAT will more closely reflect the real work of college and career, where a flexible command of evidence—whether found in text or graphic...
  • Activists to UMich: Admit unqualified students, if they are black

    04/17/2014 9:11:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 16, 2014 | Robby Soave
    Activists with the radical pro-affirmative action group, By Any Means Necessary, staged a protest on Tuesday featuring a black Detroit high school student who was denied admission to the University of Michigan. The student, Brooke Kimbrough, claimed UM rejected her because of her “morals,” and not her below-average ACT score of 23. (The average U-M student has a score between 28 and 32.) “I believe that I have been rejected because of the morals that I stand for,” said Kimbrough, according to Fox 2 news. “I will take back my freedom as a tool to help others. I have...