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Should affirmative action be banned in college admissions?

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Should affirmative action be banned in college admissions?

Background The affirmative action debate in the US is a never ending one and the latest controversy surrounds a federal court case that challenges the use of affirmative action in admissions by Harvard. The Wall Street Journal explained the case in June of this year — A closely watched lawsuit accusing Harvard University of discriminating against Asian-American applicants is approaching a critical juncture, as court filings later this week are

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The Affirmative Action Debate

Legal Background In 2003 (Grutter v. Bollinger, which clarified the Bakke decision (1978)), the Supreme Court ruled that an admissions preference system that uses numerical point systems quota systems to allocate admissions slots based on race is not permitted but that universities can take race into account during admissions in more subtle ways: Tamara Lewin and Richard Perez-Pena, June 30, 2015, Colleges Brace for Supreme Court Review of Race-Based Admissions,

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The DOJ takes on a new debate — Should affirmative action be banned in college admissions? (Bibliography)

Background The Trump administration is moving the question the use of Affirmative Action in University admissions requirements. Charlie Savage, August 1, 2017, New York Times, Justice Department to take on affirmative action in college admissions, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/01/us/politics/trump-affirmative-action-universities.html The Department of Justice has decided to divert resources into the question of whether or not white people are discriminated against in the college admissions process. The Trump administration is preparing to redirect resources of the