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Liberals Should Lose This Affirmative Action Case

Our fairness problem is more about class, not race: Emily Bazelon

(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.... More »

High Court's Jammed Term: Campaign Finance, Abortion

ObamaCare, affirmative action once again on docket

(Newser) - The Supreme Court begins its new term today, and once again, there are plenty of headline-grabbing cases on the docket, the New York Times notes. In fact, says an expert, "this term is deeper in important cases than either of the prior two terms." A number of court... More »

Thomas: Race Only a Concern in Preventing 'Anarchy'

Plus, reaction to affirmative action ruling

(Newser) - The Supreme Court didn't outlaw affirmative action with today's 7-1 ruling—but Clarence Thomas thinks it should have. "There is no principled distinction between the University's assertion that diversity yields educational benefits, and segregationists' assertion that segregation yielded those same benefits," Thomas wrote in his... More »

Supreme Court Deals Blow to Affirmative Action

Justices sent Abigail Fisher case back for review

(Newser) - The Supreme Court overwhelmingly struck down a lower court decision upholding the University of Texas at Austin's affirmative action program today, sending Abigail Fisher's case back to a lower court for review. The decision was 7-1, with only Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissenting (and Elena Kagan recusing herself). Anthony... More »

Who Does Affirmative Action Help Most? White Women

Sally Kohn argues that Abigail Fisher has little room to complain

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is about to hand down a major decision on affirmative action, based on the case of Abigail Fisher, who claims she was denied admission to the University of Texas because she's white. Which is kind of ironic, writes Sally Kohn at Time , because "Abigail Fisher... More »

Supreme Court to Review Landmark Voting Law

Court will hear challenge to 1965's Voting Rights Act

(Newser) - One of the signature laws from the civil rights era may be significantly weaker at the end of this Supreme Court term. The justices decided yesterday to hear a challenge to a key component of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the law designed to ensure that minorities don't face... More »

Affirmative Action, Unfair? OK, Let's Make It Fair

David Leonhardt: Let's focus on overall disadvantage

(Newser) - Affirmative action is losing favor among Americans because it emphasizes diversity over fairness—but proponents still have time to correct that mistake, writes David Leonhardt at the New York Times . He saw the issue on full display this week during Supreme Court arguments in the case of Abigail Fisher , a... More »

Supremes Start Monday With Focus on Civil Rights

Challenge to college affirmative action rules is on the docket

(Newser) - The new Supreme Court term starts Monday, and one of the most important cases the court hears could be the one brought by a white woman against the University of Texas . Abigail Fisher says she was rejected while minority students with lesser academic qualifications were admitted, the Washington Post reports.... More »

California Court Upholds Affirmative Action Ban, Again

Challenge to voter-approved ban rejected

(Newser) - California's 16-year-old ban on affirmative action in the state university system has been reaffirmed by an appeals court. Proposition 209, which was passed by the state's voters in 1996 and upheld after a court challenge in 1997, bans public school from basing admissions on race or sex. Its... More »

Affirmative Action May Lose Place in College Admissions

More conservative court agrees to weigh in on racial preferences

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has twice backed up the idea that colleges can take race into account in college admissions, but the third time might not be the charm for supporters of affirmative action. The court today agreed to hear a major case brought by a white student against the University... More »

Court Rejects Michigan's Affirmative Action Ban

Colleges can't ignore race in admissions, say judges

(Newser) - A federal appeals court today struck down Michigan's ban on the consideration of race and gender in college admissions, saying it burdens minorities and violates the Constitution. The 2-1 decision upends a sweeping law that forced the University of Michigan and other public schools to change admission policies. The... More »

Davos: Old Boys' Club Makes Firms Send Women

World Economic Forum imposes quota

(Newser) - Women are usually in short supply at the World Economic Forum, the business world’s annual getaway in Davos, Switzerland. And this year, organizers are doing something about it. They’ve demanded that at least one out of every five senior executives companies send to the event be a woman,... More »

Affirmative Action Keeps White Guys in NBA

MSNBC host smells an injustice

(Newser) - You know you’ve really stepped in it when Eugene Robinson and Pat Buchanan agree that you’re wrong. Chris Matthews was talking about affirmative action with those two on Hardball last night, when he declared, “I think a lot of NBA teams carry white players.” Robinson and... More »

Fight Over Boy Behind Harvard's Racist Email Mess

Tipsters give inside story of Stephanie Grace, Yelena Shagall

(Newser) - Who and what was behind the outing of Stephanie Grace, the Harvard Law student whose possibly racist email from November recently became a nationwide scandal? Turns out the whole thing might be due to a fight over a boy. Gawker claims Grace wrote the e-mail to two former friends after... More »

U. Penn Adds 'Gay' Box on Application, But ...

... there are better ways to serve LGBT students

(Newser) - That the University of Pennsylvania is adding a box on its application form students can use to indicate sexual orientation—and has asked the makers of the widely used “common application” to do the same—is nice, Gabriel Arana writes, but perhaps misguided. Schools and students alike would be... More »

Firefighter Ruling Leaves Guidelines as Muddy as Ever

Employers likely to ditch written tests altogether to avoid discrimination suits

(Newser) - Yesterday's Supreme Court ruling in favor of a group of white firefighters looks likely to be a boon for employment lawyers instead of cities seeking clear guidance, experts tell the New York Times. The court's ruling makes it harder for employers to chuck out tests that overwhelmingly favor whites, and... More »

High Court Rules for White Firefighters

5-4 decision reverses appeals panel that included Sotomayor

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has ruled that white firefighters in New Haven, Conn., were unfairly denied promotions because of their race, reversing a decision that high court nominee Sonia Sotomayor endorsed as an appeals court judge. In a 5-4 ruling along ideological lines, the court said that New Haven was wrong... More »

Critics Blast Congress for Lack of Staff Diversity

NFL hiring rule may translate to Capitol Hill

(Newser) - Congressional staffs are so overwhelmingly white that Capitol Hill needs its own version of the NFL rule requiring teams hiring a head coach to interview at least one person of color, critics tell the Hill. Frustrated staffers, lobbyists, and aides point out that even though more minorities are being elected,... More »

Similar Lives Led Sotomayor, Thomas Down Different Paths

On and off the bench, they often work at cross-purposes

(Newser) - The lives of Sonia Sotomayor and Clarence Thomas have parallels—humble beginnings, fatherless childhoods, Yale Law, affirmative action—but their conclusions are contrary. “For the first time, the Supreme Court would include two minority judges, but ones who stand at opposite poles of thinking about race, identity, and opportunity,... More »

Ahead of Senate Hearings, Racism Charges Fly

(Newser) - Sonia Sotomayor’s views on race have become a hot button topic. But it’s just Republican “race mongering,” writes Derrick Jackson of the Boston Globe. Remember, the GOP “has been the party of racial code words,” from Nixon’s “Southern Strategy” to Reagan’s... More »

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