Racial Preferences

Dartmouth contemplates hitting a new low

Featured image Charlotte Johnson, Dartmouth’s Dean of the College, says that Dartmouth is considering a distributive requirement or some sort of mandatory course focused on diversity and inclusion. Clearly, Johnson has in mind a course that touts the value of diversity and inclusion. But wait. Dartmouth grants racial preferences to ensure that its undergraduate population is “diverse” and “inclusive.” And by all accounts, including my daughter’s, Dartmouth succeeds in creating a racially »

Getting their minds right at the USDA

Featured image Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, Judicial Watch has compelled the powers-that-be to cough up the video of one self-described citizen of the world (Thomas Betances) conducting government-approved, government-sponsored, government funded racial harassment (i.e., “cultural sensitivity training”) at the United States Department of Agriculture. It took the USDA eight months to cough it up, but it was worth waiting for. Judicial Watch plucks out quotable quotes with film clips »

Affirmative action forever

Featured image The principle of equal treatment without regard to race is one that is close to my heart. Accordingly, one of my favorite books on a legal subject is Andrew Kull’s The Color-Blind Constitution. (I learned of the book at the time of its publication through Judge Alex Kosinski’s 1993 New Republic review/essay.) It is a book that is by turns inspiring and maddening. I recommend it without reservation to readers »

“Diversity within diversity” — a path too far

Featured image I wrote here about the oral argument in the Fisher case, a challenge to the University of Texas’s use of race to admit Black and Hispanic undergraduate applicants who otherwise would be rejected under its standard admissions criteria. In this post, I want to explore one important aspect of that case. The University of Texas ensures the admission of a reasonably large numbers of minorities by guaranteeing entrance to anyone »

Race-based college admissions look down the barrel of the gun again

Featured image Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard oral argument Fisher v. University of Texas. The case involves a challenge to the university’s use of race to admit Black and Hispanic undergraduate applicants who otherwise would be rejected under its standard admissions criteria. Given the liberality of the University of Texas’s standard criteria, it is absurd that the university indulges in such racial preferences. The university already ensures the admission of large numbers »

A new low in apologies for racial discrimination, Part Two

Featured image Yesterday, I commented about an op-ed in which Martha Minow (dean of Harvard Law School) and Robert Post (dean of Yale Law School) defend their institutions’ consideration of race in law school admissions decisions as a means of assessing the character of applicants. I argued that such an assessment smacks of racism, relies on the unverified stories of applicants about how race has affected their lives, and has nothing much »

A new low in apologies for racial discrimination

Featured image With the Supreme Court set to hear argument this week on the use of racial preferences in student admissions by state universities, the deans of Harvard and Yale law schools ( Martha Minow and Robert Post) defend this practice in a Washington Post op-ed. Part of the defense consists, as usual, of touting the supposed virtues of a “diverse” student body. We have written about this tired, disingenuous argument in »

The subprime bust tragedy — how government-selected winners turned into losers

Featured image The Washington Post reports that “the implosion of the subprime lending market has left a scar on the finances of black Americans — one that not only has wiped out a generation of economic progress but could leave them at a financial disadvantage for decades.” The problem, of course, is that blacks comprised a disproportionate number of the people who purchased homes they couldn’t afford under traditional lending practices, by »

Elizabeth Warren and the wages of race-based preferences

Featured image The Elizabeth Warren affair made the front page of today’s Washington Post. The story, by Chris Cillizza and David Fahrenthold, is cast in familiar Washington terms: What should have been a nothing story (a “bump”) has become a big deal (a “hurdle”) because Warren failed to deal competently with the matter when it arose. It’s “an iron law of politics,” the Post-men intone, “Bad denials make little things big.” But »

Affirmative action baby

Featured image Jack Cashill is the author of Deconstructing Obama: The Life, Loves, and Letters of America’s First Postmodern President. He is a student of the literary works of Barack Obama, or of those bearing his name. Cashill argues, most notably, that Bill Ayers was Obama’s ghost for Dreams From My Father. It’s hard to believe that Obama didn’t have substantial help writing Dreams — can one find a sentence under Obama’s »

The 6th Circuit’s Affirmative Action Decision: A Critique

Featured image On Friday, in a case called Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action v. Regents of the University of Michigan, a panel of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals held, 2-1, that Proposal 2, an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Michigan that bans racial discrimination by the State of Michigan in education, employment or public contracting, is unconstitutional. The proposition that the Constitution requires public agencies to engage in »