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  • Does race really “matter” to Justice Sotomayor?

    10/03/2014 9:41:21 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 10 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | October 3, 2014 | David Berstein
    Judging from her dissent in the Schuette case last term, the answer is, “only when the concept can be manipulated to support her political agenda.” Here’s an excerpt from my Cato Supreme Court Review article on that case. Perhaps the most notable thing about Sotomayor’s opinion, however, is that, as Walter Olson puts it, she “gerrymanders the word race itself a way convenient to her purposes, using it to include Hispanics (who, as official forms remind us, ‘can be of any race’), while breathing not one word about Asian-Americans.”…. It’s bizarre to treat Hispanics but not Asians as a racial...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Dr. Ben Carson Strikes Back at MSNBC's Toure Neblett: I'm No Uncle Tom

    03/26/2013 6:47:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | March 26, 2013 | Noel Sheppard
    MSNBC’s Toure Neblett last weekend mocked Dr. Benjamin Carson as a token “black friend” to Republicans admired only to “assuage their guilt” for past racial indiscretions. On Fox News’s America Live Tuesday, Carson struck back at his liberal media critics saying that he’s no “Uncle Tom” (video follows with transcript and absolutely no need for additional commentary): Dr. Ben Carson Strikes Back at MSNBC's Toure Neblett: I'm No Uncle Tom MEGYN KELLY, HOST: Boy, have you been attacked. A token you've been called, an Oreo, please pardon me for repeating these to you. Most recently a commentator on a rival...
  • Obama To Unleash Racial-Preferences Juggernaut

    11/11/2012 6:06:26 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 85 replies
    IBD ^ | 11/9/2012
    ...President Obama intends to close "persistent gaps" between whites and minorities in everything from credit scores and homeownership to test scores and graduation rates. His remedy — short of new affirmative-action legislation — is to sue financial companies, schools and employers based on "disparate impact" complaints — a stealthy way to achieve racial preferences, opposed 2 to 1 by Americans. Under this broad interpretation of civil-rights law, virtually any organization can be held liable for race bias if it maintains a policy that negatively impacts one racial group more than another — even if it has no racist motive and...
  • The Unfinished Work of Affirmative Action

    10/12/2012 10:06:37 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 13 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | October 10, 2012 | Sarah Garland
    ... For Jarius Sowells, an African-American student from Dallas, the transition to academic life at UT-Austin was much more difficult than it was for Tedra Jacobs. Sowells, like many black and Hispanic students in the country, attended a high school that was made up mostly of minority and low-income students. "More than half dropped out," Sowells says of his classmates. "Overall, the teachers had apathetic attitudes." Sowells graduated in the top 10 percent of his class and was automatically admitted to UT-Austin, his top choice. He planned to major in business. But Sowells didn't know what to expect on his...
  • Racial Preferences Backfire Legally

    08/23/2012 10:42:10 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 17, 2012 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Racial preferences embraced by supposedly elite law schools may actually be forcing blacks out of the legal profession. “There are fewer African-American students than anyone would prefer with the entering credentials necessary for admission on a color-blind basis to the most elite law schools,” Anthony Caso of the Chapman University School of Law wrote in an amicus brief he compiled for three members of the U. S. Civil Rights Commission. “But there are many more who would do well at mid-tier schools—if they were only attending those schools.” Caso assembled an amicus brief in support of Abigail Noel Fisher in...
  • In Harvard essay, young Michelle Obama argued for race-based faculty hiring

    08/15/2012 7:12:34 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 24 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 08/15/2012 | Charles Johnson
    During her third and final year at Harvard Law School, first lady Michelle Obama — then named Michelle Robinson — penned an article for the newsletter of Harvard’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA), arguing that Harvard and its students were perpetuating “racist and sexist stereotypes” by not intentionally hiring minority and female law professors on the basis of their sex or skin color. The 1988 essay, titled “Minority and Women Law Professors: A Comparison of Teaching Styles,” ran in a special edition of the BLSA Memo. The future first lady justified her demands for more black and female law school...
  • Eric Holder: Racial Preferences Needed for … National Security

    08/14/2012 11:57:40 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 14, 2012 | J. Christian Adams
    The Eric Holder Justice Department has filed this brief in the United States Supreme Court defending racial preferences at the University of Texas. (Texas, by the way, is also vigorously defending the racial preferences.) Abigail Fisher, who is white, is challenging race preferences that cost her a slot at the University of Texas law school. Because the racial spoils go to Obama’s most loyal political constituency, people of color, naturally Eric Holder’s Justice Department is defending them by spending your tax dollars paying lawyers to write the brief. None of that is a surprise. What is surprising is the argument...
  • Lessons from Claremont, Part 2: Did racial preferences play a part in the college’s fabrications?

    05/27/2012 6:02:57 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies
    City Journal ^ | 24 May 2012 | Charles C. Johnson
    Claremont McKenna College, a private liberal arts college 60 miles east of Los Angeles, drew national attention earlier this year when its dean of admissions, Richard Vos, was caught deliberately misreporting the SAT scores that students had achieved before attending CMC. VosÂ’s goal was to reach the coveted 1400 SAT average for highly selective liberal arts colleges. He resigned soon after the scandal emerged in January, but not before touching off a debate about the lengths to which colleges will go to boost their rankings. Journalists and education-policy experts lectured about the corrupting effect of U.S. News and World ReportÂ’s...
  • Barack Obama, Elizabeth Warren, and Diversity Mania in Higher Ed

    05/21/2012 2:17:08 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | May 21, 2012 | David French
    I have no idea whether Barack Obama’s recently discovered bio and Elizabeth Warren’s periodic (and selective) ethnic box-checking represent mistakes, misrepresentations, or some combination of the two, but I do have first-hand experience with the powerful academic incentive to make one’s background as exotic as humanly possible. As perhaps the only regular Corner poster who’s also a veteran of an Ivy League law school admissions committee (at Cornell, where I taught for two years), I’m unfortunately completely inadequate for the task of communicating to readers how critically important “diversity” is to admissions and promotions in academe. Simply put, once you...
  • Infinite Affirmative Action?

    03/06/2012 9:47:49 AM PST · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    NRO ^ | March 6, 2012 | John Fund
    In Eric Holder’s world, the need for racial preferences will never end. Later this year, the Supreme Court will review the constitutionality of the use of racial preferences in college admissions in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas. The battle lines will once again be drawn over the meaning of the equal-protection provisions of the Constitution. So it’s noteworthy that Attorney General Eric Holder has just made it clear he’s never bumped into a racial preference he didn’t like, and that he sees no time limit on such policies. Last month, in an appearance at Columbia University, his...
  • U.S. Urges Campus Creativity to Gain Diversity

    12/02/2011 6:41:41 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 43 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 2, 2011 | SAM DILLON
    The Obama administration on Friday urged colleges and universities to get creative in improving racial diversity at their campuses, throwing out a Bush-era interpretation of recent Supreme Court rulings that limited affirmative action in admissions. The new guidelines issued by the Departments of Justice and Education replaced a 2008 document that essentially warned colleges and universities against considering race at all. Instead, the guidelines focus on the wiggle room in the court decisions involving the University of Michigan, suggesting that institutions use other criteria — students’ socioeconomic profiles, residential instability, the hardships they have overcome — that are often proxies...
  • Court nixes case over anonymity at Hawaiian school

    05/16/2011 8:53:33 PM PDT · by quantim · 4 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | May 16, 10:35 PM EDT | MARK NIESSE
    HONOLULU (AP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a dispute over whether to identify students challenging a private school system's admissions policy that gives preference to those of Hawaiian ancestry. The court's action ends the lawsuit and leaves in place lower court rulings against four non-Hawaiian students who objected to the Kamehameha Schools' policy. The challengers, who applied for admission to Kamehameha in the 2008-09 school year, wanted to file their lawsuit anonymously because of concerns about public humiliation and retaliation if they were identified. A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit in 2009, but the students'...
  • Shirley Sherrod and the Race Grievance Industry

    08/02/2010 2:52:37 AM PDT · by Scanian · 7 replies · 3+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | August 2, 2010 | Rosslyn Smith
    Shirley Sherrod, litigant and co-mastermind of the Pigford settlement, which bestowed large checks on 86,000 of the country's 40,000 black farmers, ironically may help usher in a long-overdue post-racial era in America. Publicity, once the ally of the racial grievance industry, is now the enemy of deals done in quiet. After Dan Riehl linked to a law firm that specializes in filing complaints in the Pigford settlement for a 33.5% contingency fee -- Pogust, Braslow & Millrood, LLC, in Conshohoken, Pennsylvania -- their site at http://www.blackfarmersjustice.com seems to have gone offline. Riehl notes this language from the law firm's 2008...
  • How Diversity Punishes Asians, Poor Whites and Lots of Others

    07/12/2010 3:08:46 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 13 replies
    Minding the Campus ^ | July 12, 2010 | Russell K. Nieli
    ... [W]hat Espenshade and Radford found in regard to what they call "career-oriented activities" was truly shocking even to this hardened veteran of the campus ideological and cultural wars. Participation in such Red State activities as high school ROTC, 4-H clubs, or the Future Farmers of America was found to reduce very substantially a student's chances of gaining admission to the competitive private colleges in the NSCE database on an all-other-things-considered basis. The admissions disadvantage was greatest for those in leadership positions in these activities or those winning honors and awards. "Being an officer or winning awards" for such career-oriented...
  • The Rule of Racial Preferences

    06/24/2010 5:32:07 PM PDT · by rmlew · 3 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | June 24th, 2010 | Virgil Goode
    Shortly after assuming his position, Attorney General Eric Holder called America a “nation of cowards” because we were too afraid to speak about race. My former colleague Congressman Steve King (R-IA) recently tried to initiate a discussion, and the Democrats and politically correct Republicans are castigating him. Rep. King told a talk show host that “the president has demonstrated that he has a default mechanism in him that breaks down the side of race — on the side that favors the black person.” He stood by his remarks stating that there “appears to me to be an inclination on the...
  • The Whole Applicant (backdoor racial preferences at state universities)

    10/31/2009 4:12:14 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 23 replies · 935+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 1, 2009 | Lisa W. Forderaro
    ... Across the country, selective public colleges and universities are taking a page from their private counterparts and implementing what is commonly called a holistic or comprehensive admissions process. ... At Santa Barbara, the comprehensive review process was implemented in the late 1990’s, and across the entire system in 2002. Susan A. Wilbur, the system’s director of undergraduate admissions, says it enables the selection committee to view applicants in light of their socio-­economic and educational backgrounds. “We call this ‘achievement in context,’ ” she says. “We don’t want to compare a student who’s attending a well-resourced school with a student...
  • Sonia Sotomayor and Racial Preferences - How Obama's Supreme Court pick revived the affirmative...

    06/05/2009 8:10:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 445+ views
    Reason ^ | June 4, 2009 | Cathy Young
    How Obama's Supreme Court pick revived the affirmative action debate The debate over the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor has revived the debate over racial preferences—not only because of speculation that Sotomayor herself is an "affirmative action" pick as a Hispanic woman, but also because of her role in the controversial case of Ricci v. DeStefano. It involves a lawsuit by 18 firefighters (17 whites and one Hispanic) in New Haven, Connecticut, denied promotions to lieutenant and captain because no black applicants passed the test. Fearing charges of race discrimination, the city threw out the test and left...
  • Sonia Sotomayor on Gun Rights and Racial Preferences - Why libertarians—and everyone who...

    05/27/2009 7:06:32 PM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies · 1,004+ views
    Reason ^ | May 26, 2009 | Damon W. Root
    Why libertarians—and everyone who believes in limited government—should worry about Barack Obama's Supreme Court nomineePresident Barack Obama's announcement that he wants federal appeals court Judge Sonia Sotomayor to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter comes as something less than a shock. For months, Sotomayor's name has topped most lists of potential candidates. With her compelling personal story, which stretches from a Bronx, New York housing project to Yale Law School to the federal Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Sotomayor's likely appointment as the Court's first Hispanic justice nicely complements Obama's own "only in America" narrative. But when it comes to her...
  • Obama Chooses Sotomayor for Court

    05/26/2009 5:44:29 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 60 replies · 2,824+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 26, 2009 | Jeff Zeleny
    President Obama will nominate Judge Sonia Sotomayor of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit as his first appointment to the court, officials said Tuesday, and has scheduled an announcement for 10:15 a.m. at the White House. If confirmed by the Democratic-controlled Senate, Judge Sotomayor, 54, would replace Justice David H. Souter to become the second woman on the court and only the third female justice in the history of the Supreme Court. She also would be the first Hispanic justice to serve on the Supreme Court. The president reached his decision over the long Memorial Day...
  • A Preference for Truth

    12/12/2008 8:54:27 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 229+ views
    The noblest-sounding justification for racial preferences—that they lift up their beneficiaries—may soon be exposed as fraudulent. A group of law professors and economists examining the effect of law school admissions preferences on students’ bar-exam passage rates is suing the State Bar of California to obtain data for their study. The proposed research could deal a death blow to the quota regime by proving that affirmative action actually damages a student’s chances of becoming a lawyer. Predictably, the race industry has mobilized to crush the project.
  • Racial Preference on the Ballot

    10/20/2008 6:25:53 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 1 replies · 235+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 20, 2008
    While choosing between tickets featuring Barack Obama or Sarah Palin this November, voters in Colorado and Nebraska will also be able to bury the idea that blacks and women in America still need special help to get ahead. In those states, the ballot will carry civil rights initiatives to end race and gender preferences in public hiring and education. Led by Ward Connerly's American Civil Rights Institute, the measures would take a chip out of racial preferences that have committed the same kinds of discrimination they were designed to prevent. If passing laws to ban discrimination sounds like a triumph...
  • Lawyer: Nebraska may have to adjust to preferences ban

    09/06/2008 6:32:56 AM PDT · by stan_sipple · 28 replies · 303+ views
    JournalStar.com ^ | 9-5-2008 | Anna Jo Bratton
    The former dean of the University of Washington School of Law said Friday that Nebraska universities must be ready to adjust if voters approve a measure to ban most types of affirmative action in the state. W.H. “Joe” Knight Jr.’s message to the Nebraska Legal Diversity Summit in Omaha: “Prepare yourselves.” In 1998, voters in Washington approved a similar measure. Knight said minority enrollment decreased immediately, and has just now started to catch up because of the university’s hard work — and more money spent — on recruitment. Schools have also sought more scholarships from private donors, who can designate...
  • Affirmative Action Backfires

    08/26/2007 12:14:09 PM PDT · by george76 · 83 replies · 1,937+ views
    wall street journal ^ | August 26, 2007 | GAIL HERIOT
    Have racial preferences reduced the number of black lawyers? Three years ago, UCLA law professor Richard Sander published an explosive, fact-based study of the consequences of affirmative action in American law schools in the Stanford Law Review. Most of his findings were grim, and they caused dismay among many of the champions of affirmative action--and indeed, among those who were not. Easily the most startling conclusion of his research: Mr. Sander calculated that there are fewer black attorneys today than there would have been if law schools had practiced color-blind admissions--about 7.9% fewer by his reckoning. He identified the culprit...
  • Diversity without Decrees

    06/28/2007 8:01:12 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies · 837+ views
    National Review Online ^ | June 28, 2007 | The Editors
    June 28, 2007, 3:50 p.m. Diversity without Decrees By The Editors In a 5-4 decision Thursday morning, the Supreme Court struck down race-based school assignment plans in Louisville and Seattle. Chief Justice John Roberts’s opinion for the Court is narrow, and is further weakened by a concurring opinion in which Justice Anthony Kennedy blesses some level of color-consciousness to achieve racial diversity in K-12 education. Yet the ruling is also a victory for those who think race plays too large a role in public life. Using different formulae, the school districts of Louisville and Seattle tried to manipulate the...
  • Racial tiebreaker will stand (9th Circuit - When will they Learn?)

    10/22/2005 2:13:15 AM PDT · by indianrightwinger · 16 replies · 1,074+ views
    Racial tiebreaker will stand By Sanjay Bhatt Seattle Times staff reporter The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday upheld Seattle Public Schools' use of race as a tiebreaker in assigning students to popular high schools, and the plaintiffs vowed to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. The ruling comes on the heels of decisions by federal appellate judges in the 1st and 6th Circuits upholding local school authorities' use of race as a factor in student-assignment plans in Massachusetts and Kentucky. Plaintiffs in all three cases sued on the basis that the school districts' plans violated their individual rights...
  • Is There An Alternative To Affirmative Action? Yes!

    06/06/2005 9:58:20 AM PDT · by Craig DeLuz · 6 replies · 551+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 6/06/2005 | Craig DeLuz
    Some low income San Jose area schools have seen a dramatic increase in college attendance rates in the last few years. And it wasn't because of race-based set asides and preferences. It was because students from San Jose State University worked in these schools to help create a college going culture. (Click Pic For More) Craig DeLuzVisit The Home of Uncommon Sense… www.craigdeluz.com
  • Affirmative Opportunity: The president has a second chance to finally stop discrimination.

    12/06/2004 9:33:59 AM PST · by xsysmgr · 1 replies · 249+ views
    National Review Online ^ | December 06, 2004 | Roger Clegg
    These ought to be heady days for values-voting Republicans, but legal and cultural conservatives are waiting with bated breath in one area that has long been important to them: affirmative action. There were some exceptions to this do-nothing approach. The most famous were the amicus briefs filed by the Justice Department with the Supreme Court in the University of Michigan admission-preference cases. The administration argued that the university’s discrimination was illegal; even here, however, the position was squishy. The Justice Department had wanted to adopt a relatively clear line that a simple desire for “diversity” could not justify something...
  • Affirmatively Addled

    08/05/2004 3:13:08 PM PDT · by Palai · 7 replies · 605+ views
    Campus Report Online ^ | August 5, 2004 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Sometimes schools do silly things, particularly in the name of racial diversity, that, more frequently, only deepen racial division. When Jason Mattera, a student at Roger Williams University, offered a controversial “whites only” scholarship to students at the school, the project drew national criticism. “Fifty radio stations had me on with the local director of the NAACP,” Mattera remembered in an appearance before Accuracy in Academia’s Conservative University conference in July. Mattera, who heads the College Republicans at Roger Williams, remembered that even the state GOP wanted no part of the project, which he said was intended to parody government...
  • A&M programs to consider race

    05/29/2004 1:16:12 PM PDT · by Max Combined · 7 replies · 145+ views
    HoustonChronicle.com ^ | May 29, 2004 | LA MONICA EVERETT-HAYNES
    Change applies to health sciences COLLEGE STATION -- In a historic move for the Texas A&M University System, race will now be considered when deciding which students to admit to its Health Science Center. The university's Board of Regents agreed unanimously on the change Friday as a way to boost minority enrollment in the center, which includes a medical and dental school. "We just want a variety of socioeconomic (backgrounds), life experiences and perceptions," said Nancy W. Dickey, the center's president. The decision comes as the university system continues an ongoing debate over how to best diversify its homogenous campuses....
  • Will the Supreme Court Finally End Race-Based Preferential Treatment?

    05/21/2004 7:21:28 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 11 replies · 215+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 5/18/04 | Edward Blum and Roger Clegg
    This week marks the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the 1954 landmark decision in which the Supreme Court struck down race-based student assignments in public schools. Ironically, next month will then mark the one-year anniversary of Grutter v. Bollinger, in which the Court upheld the use of race-based student admissions in universities. It is not surprising that, when Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor blessed the use of racial preferences to achieve "diversity" at the University of Michigan law school this past June, she must have felt guilty about playing fast and loose with the Constitution's ban...
  • UC’s help sought in repealing Prop. 209 [Trying to defy CA's no-race-preferences law]

    05/21/2004 1:02:56 PM PDT · by pogo101 · 4 replies · 235+ views
    Daily Bruin (UCLA student paper) ^ | May 21, 2004 | Robert Clough
    A national coalition to defend affirmative action, known as By Any Means Necessary, is working to overturn Proposition 209 and bring affirmative action back to California. Proposition 209, which voters passed in 1996, banned affirmative action in the state. The coalition hopes to convince the University of California administration to begin using affirmative action in hope of bringing a lawsuit from a conservative group. "We're assuming that the right wing ... will sue and we'll get the chance to bring down (Proposition) 209 in court," said Luke Massie, the national co-chair of By Any Means Necessary. Fifty years after the...
  • Separate but Equally Delicious (Activist Campus Conservatives Improve on Leftist Tactics)

    03/05/2004 8:17:38 PM PST · by Zunt Toad · 14 replies · 294+ views
    The phrase “student activists” usually conjures up images of sign-waving protestors railing against various evils of the establishment. Indeed, for decades after the modern student movement began at the University of California-Berkeley in the 1960s, such protestors were traditionally liberal —and reflexively so, given that administrations were comparatively conservative. But now that today’s educational establishment is populated with yesterday’s student radicals, conservatives find themselves in the odd position of being the protestors. But rather than rely on disruptive tactics, modern conservatives are improving on plays from the liberal handbook: They’re making their points with wit and humor, not catcalling and...
  • Columbia College Conservative Club to Hold an "Affirmative Action Bake Sale" on February 5th.

    02/04/2004 10:36:43 PM PST · by rmlew · 35 replies · 435+ views
    The Columbia College Conservative Club ^ | February 4, 2002 | Ron Lewenberg
    For Immediate Release NEW YORK, NY -- February 4, 2004 On February 5, 2004 the Columbia College Conservative Club (CCCC) will hold an affirmative action bake sale from 12 to 1. This bake sale is not a fundraiser; it is a practical satire of race-based preference policies. It is not intended to demean or offend anyone, but to teach by analogy. If it is offensive for some that a person of a particular race should purchase junk food for less than a member of another group, is it less racist for members of one group to be admitted with fewer...
  • Catching them in the act

    11/18/2003 10:33:06 PM PST · by kattracks · 14 replies · 137+ views
    townhall.com ^ | 11/19/03 | Linda Chavez
    Proponents of affirmative action were quick to claim victory last summer when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that colleges could continue to consider race in their admissions policy in order to promote "diversity," but they may soon be singing a different tune. A number of schools have already abandoned some race-based programs, and others may be about to follow suit. Why the sudden about-face? Because many of these programs are blatantly illegal -- permitting students from only certain racial groups to participate, while keeping out everyone else. The schools have been getting away with these practices for years, but that's...
  • Race Preferences Thrive On California Campuses

    11/17/2003 5:31:43 PM PST · by ParsifalCA · 3 replies · 154+ views
    californiarepublic.org ^ | 11/17/03 | Bruce Thornton
    Race Preferences Thrive On California Campuses - Voters wrongly believe they voted race-basing away in '96... [Bruce S. Thornton] 11/17/03 In November of 1996, the voters of California passed the Civil Rights Initiative, which amended the state constitution to forbid the state from "discriminat[ing] against or grant[ing] preferential treatment to any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting." Yet despite this clear-cut legal prohibition, seven years later race-based preferences and policies live on in California higher education. The recent Supreme Court decision...
  • New Rules On Race

    10/12/2003 1:22:05 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 8 replies · 367+ views
    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ^ | October 12, 2003 | Bradley R. Gitz
    Add the Rush Limbaugh controversy to the following list of surreal racial episodes. The National Football League fines Detroit Lions General Manager Matt Millen $200,000 for failing to interview a black candidate in his coaching search. Since everyone knew that Millen had already found the coach he intended to hire (Steve Mariucci), it was left unexplained how interviewing a black candidate would have amounted to anything more than racial tokenism. In Oakley, Calif., a furor erupts when a 15-year-old girl attempts to create a Caucasian Student Club in a high school that already features, minus the associated controversy, black, Latino...
  • Bush claims victory in diversity

    09/03/2003 1:26:32 PM PDT · by I still care · 154+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | September 3, 2003 | ANITA KUMAR
    Bush claims victory in diversity Gov. Jeb Bush credits his One Florida program for raising enrollment among minority students in Florida colleges. By ANITA KUMAR, Times Staff Writer © St. Petersburg Times -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Gov. Jeb Bush on Tuesday had a message for critics of his ban on racial preferences in university admissions. Told you so. Florida universities this year saw the biggest percentage increase in freshmen minority enrollment since Bush's One Florida plan took effect three years ago, new figures show. It was a slight increase - less than 1 percentage point - but it was enough to allow Bush...
  • Racial preferences and recycled Jim Crow arguments

    09/01/2003 9:02:47 AM PDT · by Jean S · 3 replies · 276+ views
    Enter Stage Right ^ | 9/1/03 | W. James Antle III
    When did people who claim to be civil rights activists start supporting government-sponsored racial discrimination? Forty years after Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream Speech," many people and organizations who claim to be his heirs argue that rather than judging people by the "content of their character," the government isn't classifying people by the color of their skin enough. It's become a cliché to quote Dr. King in opposition to race-conscious affirmative action programs. It's true that the most famous leader of the civil rights movement was more open to these types of government policies than many political commentators...
  • New [U. of] Michigan Admissions Policy Still Considers Race

    08/28/2003 11:16:08 AM PDT · by pogo101 · 11 replies · 214+ views
    Fox News (AP) ^ | August 28, 2003 | AP/FoxNews
    <p>ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The University of Michigan (search) unveiled a new undergraduate admissions policy Thursday that gives the highest priority to academic achievement, but also retains race as a factor, in an effort to comply with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.</p>
  • Another Lunge for Race Preferences (Davis Signs Assault On Proposition 209; PLF Poised to Pounce)

    08/22/2003 12:23:50 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 9 replies · 256+ views
    Pacific Legal Foundation ^ | August 2003 | Stephen R. McCutcheon
    DAVIS SIGNS ASSAULT ON PROPOSITION 209; PLF POISED TO POUNCE Proposition 209 is the voter-passed amendment to the California Constitution which forbids state and local governments from playing favorites by race in public hiring, contracting and education. The latest in a long line of assaults on Prop. 209 by proponents of racial spoils is Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally's bill that would play inventive word games with key mandates in the initiative. The Dymally legislation, A.B. 703, would require that the words "discriminate" and "preference" be interpreted not by the clear definitions that the California Supreme Court has used when applying Prop....
  • Right, Wrong and The Supreme Court

    06/27/2003 6:52:41 PM PDT · by prman · 4 replies · 175+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | Wednesday, June 25, 2003 | Barrett Kalellis
    As the U.S. Supreme Court inched toward another confused ruling on whether the University of Michigan can use race-based admissions policies to further “diversity” in the classroom, a last-ditch effort on the part of supporters was being made to shape public opinion favoring the status quo. That is, being for current preferential quota programs, whether they be racial “set-asides” in hiring or awarding business, adding unearned “points” to minority admissions scores, and all the other racial schemes to include minorities that have evolved since the Supreme Court straddled the fence on the affirmative action issue in the 1978 Bakke decision....
  • Clinton White House Counsel and Deception in the Michigan Racial Preference Cases?

    06/23/2003 10:09:06 PM PDT · by AJFavish · 2 replies · 224+ views
    June 23, 2003 | Allan J. Favish
    One of the lawyers representing the University of Michigan in the racial preference cases was Jane Sherburne: John H. Pickering John Payton Jane Sherburne WILMER, CUTLER & PICKERING 2445 M Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20037 (202) 663-6000 ATTORNEYS FOR DEFENDANTS You can see the preceeding at: http://www.umich.edu/%7Eurel/admissions/legal/gratz/gratsumm.html Ms. Sherbourne was one of the main lawyers working in Clinton's White House and she even became his Special Counsel while at the White House She left the Clinton White House in 1997. See pages 16 & 27 of her deposition at: http://www.judicialwatch.org/archive/ois/cases/filegate/sherburne.txt I wonder what she knows about the following: The swing...
  • White Males Need Not Apply (Barf Alert)

    06/19/2003 8:02:38 AM PDT · by chambley1 · 33 replies · 570+ views
    SUBJECT: EOP - Membership on the National Civil Rights Committee DATE: May 21, 2003 TO: Deputy Chiefs Regional Conservationist State Conservationists Directors of the Pacific Basin and Caribbean Areas Center and Institute Directors NHQ division Directors and Above FILE: 230 ACTION REQUIRED BY: JUNE 30, 2003 The following positions on the National Civil Rights Committee (NCRC) have become vacant: 1. American Indian Female/Alaska Native; and 2. Female Hispanic Please distribute the attached form for nominations or nominate candidates for this opportunity. Membership on this committee is for a 3-year term beginning October 1, 2003. Meetings are held two to three...
  • Civil-Rights Showdown: Get ready for the onslaught to come.

    06/19/2003 7:59:04 AM PDT · by xsysmgr · 4 replies · 166+ views
    National Review Online ^ | June 19, 2003 | Edward Blum
    If your stomach starts to churn whenever the office or classroom discussion turns to "affirmative action," it may be wise for you to start stocking up on Maalox now. A blockbuster lawsuit will be decided by the Supreme Court by the end of next week that will focus the nation's attention to the issues of race and preferences like never before. And considering how quickly the Democrats are likely to play the race card after this opinion is released, it wouldn't hurt for the White House to lay in a case of Rolaids as well.Specifically, the Supreme Court is...
  • White Library Workers Win Racial Discrimination Case

    06/11/2003 3:22:23 AM PDT · by kattracks · 14 replies · 190+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | 6/11/03 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - Seven white employees of the Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library System are victims of race discrimination, and the county must pay $16.8 million in damages, a federal appeals court has ruled. A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court's ruling that three members of the library board and the system director knew it was illegal to consider race in personnel decisions but nevertheless transferred the women to lesser jobs. The appellate court decision, which was written by Judge Susan Black, said library officials intentionally discriminated "on the basis of race and used...
  • County: 'Too many white faces' (Court rules library demoted staffers over color of skin)

    06/11/2003 12:48:59 AM PDT · by Michael2001 · 9 replies · 220+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | June 11, 2003
    After publicly complaining about a "white dominated administration," a board member with the public library system for Atlanta and Fulton County in Georgia demoted seven white librarians "because of the color of their skin," and then tried to call it a "reorganization." That's the conclusion reached by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which upheld a lower court's ruling against the library. The three-judge panel made the unanimous decision that library officials intentionally discriminated "on the basis of race and used trickery and deceit to cover it up." Library officials failed to produce evidence of...
  • Charen: Memo to Supreme Court: Be brave

    05/27/2003 4:40:46 PM PDT · by cgk · 14 replies · 206+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 5-27-03 | Mona Charen
    Memo to Supreme Court: Be braveMona Charen (archive) May 27, 2003 | Print | SendWhen it takes up the University of Michigan's racial preferences policy, the Supreme Court of the United States will be treading on the most sensitive ground in American life. If the justices are brave (to say nothing of true to the Constitution), they will pull the plug on racial quotas in education. I say this knowing full well that if the Supreme Court invalidates racial preferences some painful short-term consequences will ensue. The number of black students at elite colleges will fall through the floor --...
  • Times' Blair mess has race at heart

    05/13/2003 1:53:39 AM PDT · by kattracks · 7 replies · 205+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 5/13/03 | Richard Cohen
    The New York Times has egg on its face. In a lengthy page one article Sunday, the paper admitted that a reporter, Jayson Blair, had acted as a one-man wrecking crew to The Times' well-earned reputation. He fabricated stories. He plagiarized them. He said he was where he was not. He made countless mistakes of fact - and he was, despite all this, relentlessly promoted. At age 27, he had become a national correspondent for the nation's newspaper of record.