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Oyez, Oyez

It’s the first Monday in October. Burt Likko offers a preview of the high points of the Supreme Court’s docket, and some other interesting notes.

Reflecting on Motivations

A recent study found that the responses of whites to questions about meritocracy during the admissions process shifted when a strict meritocracy risked harming whites’ admissions prospects: “While the principle of fairness may be a driving concern in people’s attitudes towards policies such as affirmative action, social welfare, and fair housing, the malleability of white…

Big Monday 2013

Today is the last scheduled day for decisions and opinions scheduled by the Supreme Court. In the comments to this post, I’ll be glossing the Voting Rights Act, affirmative action, and same-sex marriage cases.* And, of course, setting up a forum for your comments on them too. [See you at NaPP!] UPDATE:  Here’s my first…

Affirmative Action and Equality, Cont’d

I would be remiss to leave the recent discussions on affirmative action and equality without citing Frederick Douglass’s moral argument against affirmative action made in 1865 to a group of abolitionists: “[I]n regard to the colored people, there is always more that is benevolent, I perceive, than just, manifested towards us. What I ask for…

Why Care about Affirmative Action?

Via Ta-Nehisi Coates comes this piece by Pat Buchanan that centers around the following allegation: Sotomayor got into Princeton, got her No. 1 ranking, was whisked into Yale Law School and made editor of the Yale Law Review — all because she was a Hispanic woman. And those two Ivy League institutions cheated more deserving…