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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.
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.
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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.
March 21, 2019
The Admissions Scandal Is About Parental Narcissism—and the Schools’ Complicity
This is what college looks like for entitled parents who don’t care about education, and whose children don’t care either.
March 14, 2019
Lori Loughlin Probably Thinks My Kids Have It Easy
Behind the college admissions scandal is a deeply held belief that minorities are out there, “gaining advantages.”
January 30, 2019
State Universities Are Being Resegregated
Nearly half of all elite public universities are enrolling a lower percentage of black students than they were in the mid-1990s.
December 10, 2018
Don’t Defend Title IX. Replace It.
Anti-discrimination and affirmative-action rules don’t help the Americans who need them the most.