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Affirmative action news and analysis from The Nation
August 3, 2017
What Is the Future of Affirmative Action Under Jeff Sessions’s Department of Justice?
Experts weigh in on what it would mean for the DOJ to sue colleges and universities for discriminating against white students.
June 29, 2016
The Supreme Court’s Dramatic Left Turn
Scalia’s death and Kennedy’s willingness to change his mind had enormous consequences.
March 24, 2016
Whiteness Still Pays in the Job Market
Resume “whitening,” according to a new study, is still an effective way to land an interview—even among “equal opportunity” employers.
March 22, 2016
Millennials Are Taking to the Streets to Defend Democracy in Brazil
You wouldn’t know it from reading the media, but huge numbers have turned out to preserve the rule of law and the gains of social democracy.
December 30, 2015
The Year When Students of Color Put Campuses on Notice
Administrators’ vague rhetoric about diversity and inclusion won’t end a growing movement to make universities reimagine themselves.
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December 16, 2015
How Diversity Destroyed Affirmative Action
Once race-conscious admissions stopped being about equity and reparation, the only argument for it was the enrichment of white students. That was never going to hold up.
December 9, 2015
The Psychology of the Affirmative-Action Backlash
What makes Abigail Fisher think she’s a victim? And how does her rhetoric impact students of color?
October 19, 2015
Challenging Major League Baseball’s New Managerial Color Line
With zero African-American managers and only one Latino manager, baseball needs an affirmative-action policy with actual teeth.
October 12, 2015
Why Today’s GOP Crackup Is the Final Unraveling of Nixon’s ‘Southern Strategy’
Tea Party rebels are exposing the deep rifts between country-club elites and social-issue hard-liners.
July 7, 2015
July 7, 1981: Reagan Nominates Sandra Day O’Connor for the Supreme Court
"For the highest court in the land he has picked a person, barely qualified for the post, almost entirely because of her sex."