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How The Fight Against Affirmative Action At Harvard Threatens Wealthy Whites

By Daniel Golden/ProPublica

Perpetually in jeopardy, the use of racial preferences in college admissions is under greater threat than ever.

President Donald Trump has scrapped Obama-era guidelines that encouraged universities to consider race as a factor. He has proposed replacing Justice Anthony Kennedy, who wrote the majority opinion in a 2016 case upholding affirmative action by one vote, with the more conservative Brett Kavanaugh. Meanwhile, a lawsuit challenging Harvard's preferences for Hispanics and African Americans has uncovered the university's dubious pattern of rejecting academically outstanding Asian-American candidates - who don't qualify for a race-related boost - by giving them low marks for personality. Either the Harvard case, or a similar lawsuit against the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, could put an end to affirmative action.

If it is abolished, though, there will undoubtedly be increased pressure to also eliminate admissions criteria that favor a very different demographic - children of alumni and donors. Colleges are reluctant to drop these preferences of privilege for fear of hurting fundraising. But the political price of clinging to them could be significant.

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Posted on July 16, 2018

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Posted on May 10, 2018

How The Fight Against Affirmative Action At Harvard Threatens Wealthy Whites

By Daniel Golden/ProPublica
A corrupt admissions process favoring legacies, families of note, prep school athletes and kids of donors favors wealthy whites.

Posted on July 16, 2018

A Little Girl's Daddy Is Never Coming Home

A Statement By Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.
Our city is in crisis.

Posted on July 15, 2018

Brazilian Asylum Seeker Released After 11 Months In Detention; Grandson Had Been Held In Chicago

By Julián Aguilar/The Texas Tribune
Even though she was found to have a credible fear of returning to her home country, she had been detained in El Paso while her grandson, who has severe epilepsy and autism, was transferred to a facility in Chicago and later a state-run center in Connecticut because he needs constant care.

Posted on July 15, 2018

Gagging At The Water Reclamation District

By The Illinois Green Party
Was there wrongdoing? We don't know, and they're not saying.

Posted on July 13, 2018

When High School Officials Suppress Students' Free Speech

By Andre Perry/The Hechinger Report
Educators can't teach kids to value the truth if they're suppressing students' ability to speak it.

Posted on July 13, 2018

Stare Decisis, The Supreme Court, And Roe

By Leah Litman/Take Care
"A proposition so banal that, frankly, I did not think I would ever need to demonstrate its truth."

Posted on July 10, 2018

Trump Targets Affirmative Action To Stimulate Mid-Term Turnout

A Statement By Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.
What if Steve Bannon is right?

Posted on July 5, 2018

Independence Day: July 4 Means Something Very Different When It's Celebrated In Britain!

By Sam Edwards/The Conversation
It all comes down to exactly how you understand the origins and cause of the American Revolution.

Posted on July 4, 2018

After Long Career Bailing Out Big Banks, Obama Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner Now Runs Predatory Firm That Exploits The Poor For Profit

By Jake Johnson/Common Dreams
Your economy, rigged to redistribute wealth to the top.

Posted on July 3, 2018

U.S. Turned Away Thousands Of Haitian Asylum-Seekers And Detained Hundreds More In Horrific Conditions In The '90s

By A. Naomi Paik/The Conversation
The lesson: Once the U.S. establishes the infrastructure of prison camps - for anyone, including families - those camps persist for others.

Posted on June 28, 2018

On The Entry Ban, The Supreme Court Says It's Up To Us

By Leah Litman/Take Care
There are reasons to believe we aren't up to the task.

Posted on June 27, 2018

The Shelter For Immigrant Children That Melania Trump Visited Has A History Of Violations

By Vanessa Swales/Reveal
The 12 deficiencies reported at the New Hope shelter in McAllen are among 37 that state inspectors found at its parent company's two shelters in the past three years, records show.

Posted on June 25, 2018

Ralph Nader's Open Letter To Jeff Bezos

Unsurpassed Power Trip By An Insuperable Control Freak
Given your successful tax avoidance mania, you should be ashamed of yourself. Because of your company's insatiable greed, you have decided to ignore the plight of the homeless.

Posted on June 26, 2018

Separated Migrant Children Are Headed Toward Shelters With A History Of Abuse And Neglect

By Aura Bogado, Patrick Michels and Vanessa Swales/Reveal and Edgar Walters/The Texas Tribune
Taxpayers have paid more than $1.5 billion to private companies operating shelters accused of serious lapses in care, including neglect and abuse.

Posted on June 20, 2018

Here's A List Of Organizations That Are Mobilizing To Help Immigrant Children Separated From Their Families

By Alex Samuels/The Texas Tribune
How you can help.

Posted on June 19, 2018

Dress Coded: Rules And Punishment For Black Girls Abound

By Andre Perry/The Hechinger Report
Some of the rules they describe are just plain silly. For instance, the charter school KIPP DC forbids "pants, shorts, or skirts that have patterns, lace, polka dots, stripes, holes, or words."

Posted on June 18, 2018

Forced Separation Of Families & Forced To-Term Pregnancies

By Leah Litman/Take Care
Our institutions are capable of producing evil. We know this because they have produced evil in the past, including evils we now recognize as legally wrong. At the time, people (including those who imagine themselves to be good) did nothing to stop it and remained silent. Sometimes, they even enabled it. It is easier to imagine that we would have done the right thing then, but harder to understand that we might not be doing the right thing now.

Posted on June 10, 2018

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