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By John M. Grondelski, Crisis Magazine, Nov. 14, 2022
John M. Grondelski (Ph.D., Fordham) is a former associate dean of the School of Theology, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey. All views expressed herein are his own.
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments October 31 in cases from Harvard University and the University of North Carolina (UNC) involving the use of racial preferences in college admission decisions. Much of the left side of the political spectrum is in a lather, convinced that—this time—the Supreme Court may finally drive a stake through the heart of “affirmative action.”
How do proponents of “affirmative action” defend it? Justifications have shifted over time. Once upon a time, explicit racial set-asides were defended to “ensure balance.” Invoking a “history of racial discrimination,” such policies were supposed to counter its effects. …
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