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What Would Replace Affirmative Action?
5 years ago

Ever since conservative courts and voters began trying to eliminate affirmative action in the 1990s, universities have sought creative ways to boost their enrollment of minority students without explicitly relying on race. When California voters banned racial preferences in public universities in 1996, for example, the University of California responded by adopting admissions preferences based on socioeconomic status instead. And after a federal appellate court struck down the University of Texas’s race-based affirmative action program, the school adopted a plan that guaranteed admission to those students graduating in the top 10 percent of their high school class.

When the Texas effort—known as the Top Ten Percent Plan—failed to generate the racial diversity school officials sought, the university returned to using explicit racial preferences. Those preferences are now being challenged in the Supreme Court case of Fisher v. Texas, and many expect the conservative justices to deal what could be a fatal blow to race-based affirmative action at American public universities. Once again, however, the universities have a secret weapon they hope will allow them to circumvent such a ruling: data mining.

Whether it’s used in airport security or online advertising or education, data mining works by finding patterns and correlations. Based on census data, the spending patterns of my neighbors, and my Washington, D.C., ZIP code 20016, the Nielsen Company classifies me as someone who lives among the “Young Digerati”—that is, high-income consumers who are “tech-savvy and live in fashionable neighborhoods on the urban fringe.” My fellow Washingtonians a few miles to the southeast in Anacostia are categorized using very different terms. They are the “Big City Blues,” a community of “low-income Asian and African-American households occupying older inner-city apartments.” Based on where we live and what we spend, Nielsen creates aggregate predictions about our likely buying habits so that advertisers can send us ads that reflect our interests. That’s a little creepy—but then again, we’re talking about advertising. To some education experts, however, data mining also represents the future of public education.

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5 years ago

Affirmative Action is being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court again but who knows what the liberal progressive judges will do, I am sure they will not get rid of it and the Eliz. Warren case is being cited in the legal brief.   Imagine that and she got to be a senator in the U.S. Senate as she just leap frogs over everything and does it to advance herself.


Now, she wants all talk about her native american heritage which got her into law school, law professorships, etc. to end as she is now a U.S. Senator.  This was just in Boston Globe, forget the past, it is only in the rear view mirror.   Really, this is the antics of the liberal progressives who lie and cheat to the winner's circle.

5 years ago

Affirmative Action has done nothing make single out minorities and make them feel more inferior.  It is also one more form of corruption.  This is no solution.  minorities want to find their way to fit in, not be singled out.  Yes, there will be those that will desire this, but all in all, most do not see it as the solution for them.  

The Native Americans resolved the issue of obtaining higher education for their children through Tribal Casinos; and it also served as a source of employment for their people and they have done very well with it.  I am not a gambler, but I know that people that I know enjoy them and they find that people that go to the casinos are not the typical hard core gamblers as there is not the money there that they find in Vegas, Reno and other traditional spots.

So, with some ingenuity, there are ways for minorities (which include women) to break into job markets without affirmative action. 

What would be nice is to find a way to guarantee that Unions don't get priority bidding on government jobs; that would open the market to non-union companies, too and grant more equality in higher end jobs.

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