Friday, August 5, 2011

Achieving Racial Diversity Without Using Race

The Chronicle of Higher Education
August 4, 2011, 4:55 pm
By Richard Kahlenberg

Earlier this week, The Washington Post highlighted the possibility that the issue of racial preferences in college admissions may make its way back to the U.S. Supreme Court. In a column titled “Back to School for Racial Preferences in Admissions,” Supreme Court reporter Robert Barnes noted that lower court decisions “have raised the prospect that the issue will return to the high court.”
The story was accompanied by photos of Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., and retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, whom Alito replaced. O’Connor was the pivotal vote in the 5-4 2003 Grutter v. Bollinger case upholding the use of race at the University of Michigan Law School, while Alito is a strong opponent of racial remedies. The current swing justice on the Court, Anthony Kennedy, dissented in Grutter.

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