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Supreme Court Preview: A Storm Is on the Horizon

As the war clouds gather over Washington in preparation for airstrikes against Syria, the nine justices who sit on the Supreme Court have returned from summer break and are preparing to kick up a legal storm of their own as they resume their quest to radically transform federal law and the Constitution.

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Would Class-Based Admissions Be Better?

Affirmative action lives for now. But there was enough in Monday’s Supreme Court opinion to suspect it will be diminished further in time, which makes it an opportune moment to think again about what some people think could be a fairer and more palatable way of ensuring diversity on America’s campuses—class-based affirmative action.

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Supreme Court’s Affirmative Action Decision: A Whimper, Not a Bang

The Supreme Court on Monday finally issued a ruling on the case challenging the University of Texas at Austin’s race-conscious admissions program that it heard eight months ago, but it was by no means a sweeping decision on the issue of affirmative action.

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Waiting for Abigail Fisher

Monday mornings at the Supreme Court in May and June are opinion days, so where is the opinion in Fisher v. University of Texas?

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An Improbable ‘Fraternity’

How did a pioneering group of students that included future Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas get into College of the Holy Cross, and how did they become leaders in American sports, culture, law and business? Author Diane Brady discusses what attracted her to their story. 

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What Abigail Fisher’s Affirmative Action Case Is Really About

Even if Fisher received points for her race and every other personal achievement factor, the letter she received in the mail from the University of Texas still would have said no.

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How to Save Affirmative Action

The Supreme Court might force defenders of affirmative action to adopt less conventional but equally effective means of promoting diversity on college campuses.

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Three Recent Supreme Court Decisions That Reveal Dangerous Intentions

As the country waits in fear and loathing for the high tribunal to drop the dime on Obamacare, we might do well to parse the damage Chief Justice John Roberts and his colleagues have already done this term to our collective rights and liberties.

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High Court Scrutinizing Affirmative Action at Colleges

A hot-button issue from the ’80s and ’90s has come up once again at the U.S. Supreme Court: affirmative action on the college level.

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Affirmative Action for Ugly People

Research over the years has shown that attractive people tend to reap economic rewards, from higher salaries and more promotions to lower interest rates on mortgages. (more)

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Cinematic Racism

Major American movies primarily star white actors; poor white students fall behind black peers in the U.K.; and a Chinese college nixes its plan to prohibit PDA. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Fear of a ‘Multicultural’ Nation

Fear that America is becoming overrun and unsafe because of people of color undoubtedly stems in part from media-generated images, but a fear of the other also is a big factor.

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On Race and Pat Buchanan

Rachel Maddow sets the record straight on reverse discrimination and corrects some of the “facts” Pat Buchanan spewed on her show in a heated debate the two had on affirmative action and race. Watch this clip from last night’s “Rachel Maddow Show.”

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Looking Beyond the ‘Racial Divide’

Sen. Barack Obama’s latest, and possibly greatest, challenge is to overcome a simplistic view that the United States is hopelessly split by a racial divide that could badly damage his candidacy.

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Affirmative Dissatisfaction

I believe in affirmative action, but I have to acknowledge that there are arguments against it. One of the more cogent is the presence of Justice Clarence Thomas on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Posted on Oct 2, 2007 READ MORE


Obama Cools on Affirmative Action

Barack Obama doesn’t think anyone should cut his two daughters any slack when they apply to college—not because of their race, at least. In the unlikely event that the Obama family goes broke, then maybe.

Posted on May 15, 2007 READ MORE


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Podcast: Super Bowl Edition

Former All-America linebacker and author Dave Meggysey joins James Harris, Robert Scheer and Joshua Scheer for a discussion on the NFL’s racist history, the black coach milestone and more in this special Super Bowl edition of the Truthdig podcast. Above, Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith (at left) and Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy.

Posted on Feb 3, 2007 READ MORE


College GOP’ers to Offer Caucasian Scholarship

From a Boston University paper: “Looking to draw attention to what they call the ‘worst form of bigotry confronting America today,’ ” the school’s “Republicans are circulating an application for a ‘Caucasian Achievement and Recognition Scholarship’ that requires applicants be at least 25 percent Caucasian.”

Posted on Nov 21, 2006 READ MORE


Halfhearted Filibuster Attempt Ends Predictably

The Senate confirms Alito as the nation’s 110th Supreme Court justice after the hastily conceived filibuster attempt of Sens. Kerry and Kennedy. | story
Buzzflash: “There is no ‘center’ support for Alito’s actual positions…. There’s just support for an image the Republicans created…of a harmless guy with a wife driven to tears.” | editorial

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