3 Views on Whether US Still Needs Affirmative Action - Yes: We Can’t Have Race-Neutral Hiring and Admissions Because Society Isn
This November, voters in Oklahoma will consider a ballot measure banning affirmative action in public-sector hiring. And in October, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in the Fisher v. University of Texas case - centered on the use of affirmative action in public-university admissions. As the second installment in our One Minute Debate series for election 2012, three writers give their brief take on whether the United States still needs affirmative action.
The ‘yes’ case is argued by Courtney Bowie, a senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberty Union’s Racial Justice Program. The ‘no’ position is taken by Roger Clegg, president and general counsel of the Center for Equal Opportunity, and Joshua Thompson, an attorney with the Pacific Legal Foundation. And ‘a middle way’ is suggested by Richard D. Kahlenberg, a senior fellow at The Century Foundation.