Liberals Should Lose This Affirmative Action Case
Our fairness problem is more about class, not race: Emily Bazelon
By Newser Editors, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 15, 2013 12:03 PM CDT
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(Newser) – The Supreme Court has another high-profile affirmative action case on the docket this year, and it likely won't fare well with the court's conservative majority. But liberals shouldn't fret, writes Emily Bazelon at Slate, because this is actually the right decision in the march toward equal-opportunity education. "The current huge fairness problem in university admissions isn’t race-based," she argues. "It’s class-based." This year's case, Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, is about whether states have the right to ban schools from using affirmative action policies.

Ten states have such a ban, and it is at schools in those states "where the most interesting socioeconomic alternatives are unfolding," writes Bazelon. "The Supreme Court won’t stand in the way of those experiments. And it shouldn’t." What the court should do, however, is encourage all states to get more poor kids into higher education, no matter their color. "That's the fairness we need most." Click for her full column. (For a dissenting view on how the court should decide in the upcoming case, click for a New York Times editorial.)

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HMD-SMD-ITY
Oct 15, 2013 8:27 PM CDT
Having hired a summer intern from Yale who's dad is the owner of a large Texas bank, I can say we have a huge problem in higher education, especially the Ivy League. By the time the summer was done and his internship was technically over, I asked him, "How the hell did you get into Yale, you nearly broke everything the company owns." He said, "My dad is a multi-millionaire, he just wrote them a check and I got in."
ChopperPilot
Oct 15, 2013 6:03 PM CDT
Agreed. There is no place for giving someone preferential treatment based on skin tone or genitalia no matter which you are favoring.
Ucantusethatname
Oct 15, 2013 2:43 PM CDT
Hooray for Newser for finding a new way to discriminate.