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Affirmative action news and analysis from The Nation
November 18, 2022
Is the “U.S. News” Ranking System Finally Starting to Crumble?
While it’s tempting to view the decision by three elite law schools to pull out of the magazine’s rankings as little more than elite posturing, it could have real effects.
November 11, 2022
Affirmative Action Benefits All Students—Even Asian Americans
In October, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for two cases against Harvard and the University of North Carolina in an effort to overturn
November 11, 2022
Conservatives Don’t Actually Have an Argument for Killing Affirmative Action
The Supreme Court hearings on affirmative action revealed just how weak the right-wing position is—but the GOP justices will overturn the policy anyway.
November 1, 2022
Make No Mistake, the Supreme Court Will Kill Affirmative Action
This week’s oral arguments made clear that the conservative justices will gut race-conscious admissions—and that the move won’t help Asian American students.
August 24, 2020
How Yale Became the Latest Target in the Plot to Kill Affirmative Action
In the coming days, the DOJ will borrow a page from the conservative playbook and likely sue Yale for violating the rights of white and Asian students.
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October 29, 2019
Whose Side Is Clarence Thomas On?
A new book argues that the Supreme Court justice’s early embrace of black nationalism is central to understanding his politics and jurisprudence. But perhaps far better guides are the platforms and talking points of the Republican Party.
October 8, 2019
For Chinese American Conservatives, Race Is a Weapon
The Harvard affirmative action case was just the latest fight for groups who think racism against Asians is the only racism that matters.
Claire Jean Kim
October 2, 2019
Harvard’s Thrilling—and Pyrrhic—Affirmative Action Victory
Judge Allison Burroughs’s ruling is a sublime defense of affirmative action. It also erases the legitimate concerns of Asian American students.
June 10, 2019
Can France Diversify Its Elite With Affirmative Action?
How to achieve educational diversity when race and ethnicity are off the table.
May 17, 2019
Anthony Abraham Jack Wants to Redefine How We Think About College Campus Inequality
His new book,
The Privileged Poor
, examines the way elite colleges and universities welcome, and don’t welcome, students from the working classes.