Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Harvard ruling is a defiant defense of affirmative action in higher education | Shirley Leung

Shirley Leung: Harvard ruling is a defiant defense of affirmative action in higher education
In upholding Harvard's race-conscious admissions policy, federal Judge Allison Burroughs issued what can be read as a defiant ruling to the forces that have been trying to undermine affirmative action in higher education.

"In 2003, the Supreme Court articulated its expectation that in twenty-five years, it would not be necessary to use racial preferences to achieve a diverse student body," Burroughs wrote. "As time marches on and the effects of entrenched racism and unequal opportunity remain obvious, this goal might be optimistic and may need to change."

In other words, America isn't ready to roll back affirmative action. We have a long way to go.

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